The 10 Best Dr. Seuss Books For Babies

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We're celebrating National Dr. Seuss Day at Cubo Ai by listing the Top 10 Dr. Seuss Books for Babies. Books with rhymes, illustrations, and reminders to your baby about how special they are.

We’re celebrating National Dr. Seuss Day at Cubo Ai by listing the Top 10 Dr. Seuss Books for Babies. Books with rhymes, illustrations, and reminders to your baby about how special they are.

Are you looking for the best Dr.Seuss Books For Babies? If Dr. Seuss’s books take you back to your childhood and you want to share that with your kids, get ready because here at Cubo Ai we’re celebrating National Dr. Seuss Day!

“Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.” -President Barack Obama

Today, in 1904, a baby was born in Springfield, Massachusetts that would go on to open the minds and the world of millions of people all over the world. His name? Theodor Seuss Geisel, most commonly known as Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss was not a physician nor a PhD., but rather a children’s author, illustrator, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker. His iconic works made him a staple in any school library and most storytime events included his funny, witty, and always touching books.

A childhood well-lived always had a touch of Dr. Seuss in it and that’s why on his birthday we celebrate a day in his honor, National Dr. Seuss Day.

To also honor childhood and the innocence of beautiful, deep storytelling for the youngest fans of this brilliant author, we put together a list of the Top 10 Dr. Seuss Books for babies. Whether it’s a birthday book, a book about being yourself, or one that talks entirely about the bright future ahead of your child, these books will be treasures in your home and your memories forever.

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The 10 Best Dr. Seuss Books for Babies on National Dr. Seuss Day

1. Horton Hatches the Egg

If this isn’t the clearest Seuss-related metaphor for babies, we don’t know what is. Dr. Seuss’s book was published in 1940 and has aged beautifully. It tells the story of Horton the elephant who we’ve seen in other stories and movies of Seuss’s. Horton gets tricked into sitting on a bird’s egg to “sit in” for the mom who leaves on a “permanent vacation”. Despite the number of hardships that he faces as the egg’s sit-in (get it?) mother, he pushes through, saying “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent!” He’s rewarded in the end with a half-bird, half-elephant hatching from the egg with a blend of both features. On top of being a fun story with catchy phrases and cute imagery, it’s also full of important messages for children like perseverance and its rewards.

2.Happy Birthday to you!

Another clear necessary book for babies from Dr. Seuss’s many. You might get this during pregnancy and read it on your baby’s very first day on earth or wait for one of their birthdays. The storyline goes a little something like this: In the land of Katroo, the birthday bird is throwing the reader, the birthday baby in this case, a party to celebrate. The narrative of this celebration is narrated in the second “you” voice, as in “you do this.” and “you do that.” The celebration goes, in book time, from dawn to dusk and beyond. In fact, the imaginary party is so elaborate and long that by the time you’re done reading it to your baby they’ll be fast asleep.
Our favorite part of this book is the emblematic quote:
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” A message we feel deeply towards all of our children.

3. Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book

If you’ve been following our Sleep Training series on the blog, maybe you’re looking for a perfect sleep book. Well, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book may not be the best Dr. Seuss Book for baby sleep perse, but it is great to read to them and try to get them drowsy. Here’s the plot: Van Vleck, a bug starts out yawning, as we all do from time, especially when we have a new baby, (shout out to the real parents out there going through sleep deprivation.) The problem is that the yawn becomes contagious, more than normal, and we see it take over the whole town from creature to creature. The final line- spoiler- reads “good night.” and we think after reading this book both you and your baby might have one.

4. Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!

From sleep to primary education there are so many Dr. Seuss Books for Babies that they’re sure to become a staple of the colorful way they see the world. The book was published in 1963 and isn’t your typical alphabet book. It’s a book of poems telling stories about several characters. With each of these stories, Dr. Seuss introduces basic alphabet concepts to children. Read it to your baby, toddler, or even a young child. After all, it never hurts to review the basics.

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5. My Book About Me by Me Myself

This book, number five on our list of best Dr. Seuss books for babies is all about teaching your little one all about themselves and their own identity was published in 1969. Read this to toddlers when they can answer the questions or answer them for your children as they grow up and change. This one is special because it allows your kids to do what they’ll probably do anyway, draw on the pages. The questions include simple things like “how tall are you?” and “how many teeth do you have?” All the “you”s in the book are capitalized so children know this book is for them specifically because they are unique and special. We especially like that your child is going to feel like the author of the book since all the facts are filled in by them personally. On top of that, it’ll be a great keepsake!

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6. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises

Are you in the wonderful stage of raising your baby when they start making the most adorable sounds? Show them the sounds of the world with this book. It was published by Random House in 1970 and follows a man named, Mr. Brown who has the talent of making a variety of sounds, imitating animals and things in the world. Luckily, we suspect a lot of parents have this talent as well. The narrator (you) recites items and animals that Mr. Brown can imitate. Of course, the book has the corresponding image and “sound” written out for baby to see and hear. Get ready to “moo,” “buzz,” and “pop!” for a while reading this one. Maybe one not suited for bedtime, but when they’re awake and active.

7. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Sure, we want to say this, loudly, to our screaming toddler when he’s upset about not being able to push the chair any farther into the wall, but Dr. Seuss found the perfect way to say it to children. We think this makes the list for Dr. Seuss Books for Babies because it’s told by a wise old man and narrates the unfortunate story of some relatable characters but whom, in comparison, are doing much much worse than anyone reading it. Read it when your baby is in a good mood, read it when they’re in a bad mood, regardless, this one is a whimsical story reminding your children to stay humble and grateful.

8. The Shape of Me and Other Stuff: Dr. Seuss’s Surprising Word Book

A great book for your child to fill their world with new vocabulary. Dr. Seuss published this one in 1973 and in it encouraged those who read it (and those who listen to mom or dad read it) imagine shapes they’ve never seen or thought. The illustrations are silhouetted and in his usual style and the narration is full of rhymes and memorable lines. Whether your little one is learning shapes, wanting to imagine new worlds or looking for a mental challenge between nap time and bedtime, this is a great book to get your child ready for preschool way ahead of time.

9. The Lorax

The Lorax isn’t just a movie it’s a world. Before they moved it to the big screen, Dr. Seuss had written several books about the character, who if we’re being honest he clearly favorited. What we like about this book that your baby will start taking in from the moment they first hear and see you read it to them is that it gives children (and adults) a reminder that we can make big changes in the world. “UNLESS someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.”

Way ahead of its time, this mid-20th-century book was already telling us that it was up to each and every one of us to save the environment. Basically, the Lorax was the Greta Thunberg of the 60s and 70s. The Lorax warned against progress with no conscience and how the earth was in real danger as a result. If you’re looking to raise a child with a lot of awareness, independence, and the will to change the world, don’t forget to introduce him to The Lorax whether it’s in book form, movie, or both!

10. Oh The Places You’ll Go

You thought we were going to finish this list of Dr. Seuss Books for Babies without mentioning this one, didn’t you? Of course not! This is the staple Dr. Seuss book, published in 1990, that Millennials heard over and over. Maybe that’s why they’re all travelers, entrepreneurs, and different. From a young age, they were told about the journey of life, its challenges, and its inevitable rewards for hard work. This is another book written in the second person “you” and in the future tense. The narrator tells the story of you leaving town and traveling through all sorts of beautiful and strange places. Exploring, You discover the places you’ll visit in your future, the things you’ll see. The book has no ending, leaving the ending up to your baby when they grow up and see the places they’ll see and go the places they’ll go!

Ready to get reading? These Dr. Seuss Books for Babies will teach your child basic lessons to be a good, smart person. It will also help celebrate National Dr. Seuss Day and continue his legacy!


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