There is a very special day each year that almost every child looks forward to- their BIRTHDAY! Celebrate the big day with this fun list of birthday books for kids.
Birthday Books for Kids
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Birthday Books for the Toddler Crowd
Happy Birthday Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton
We gave this book to my oldest son when he turned two because he loved Sandra Boynton books. He insisted that my husband make him a piggy pancake every Saturday just like Pookie’s dad in the story!
Also check out Birthday Monsters by Boynton.
Where Is Baby’s Birthday Cake by Karen Katz
I love the illustrations in Katz’s books. They are so bright and vivid. My little ones love lifting the flaps! The baby in the books opens up all sorts of birthday items before finding the birthday cake.
Carl’s Birthday by Alexandra Day
This is a mostly wordless book. Carl and Madeline take a sneak peek at the birthday party.
Birthday Books for The Picture Book Crowd
Land Shark by Beth Ferry
This book is so much fun and is a top pick with my kids. A little boy has one wish for his birthday. He wants a pet shark. And, he is initially annoyed with the pet that his parents get him instead. The kids will also love his next birthday wish at the end of the book.
It’s My Birthday by Helen Oxenbury
Animal friends gather the ingredients for a birthday cake. Since everyone helped to make the cake, everyone gets to enjoy it too!
A Birthday Basket for Tia by Pat Mora
This sweet story about truly thinking about the gift receipent is a beautiful story to read on a birthday or anytime of the year.
When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano
There is a lot of anticipation that surrounds a birthday. “How many more days to my birthday?” How many times have you heard that question?
A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas
I adore Jan Thomas’ books. They are awesome read-alouds including A Birthday for Cow. Pig and Mouse are planning a party but Duck keeps yelling about turnips. Turns out that Duck is on to something.
Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday by Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel is planning a birthday party for himself but it has to be a very safe party. Things never go according to play for Scaredy Squirrel though and this birthday tale is no different. My kids love this series.
A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban
This was a favorite series of mine as a child. It’s a story of siblings learning to be generous and not jealous.
Happy Birthday Hamster by Cynthia Lord
This is a fun lyrical look at hamster’s birthday. Hamster wonders if everyone has forgotten his birthday, but soon learns that is not the case!
Albert’s Birthday by Leslie Tryon
Patsy Pig is planning a surprise birthday for Albert. She is quite the planner. It’s a fun book especially if you enjoy the other Albert books.
The Mystery of the Missing Cake by Claudia Boldt
A cake is missing at a costume birthday party. Who took it?
Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry
Do you know the ten rules for making a birthday wish? I’ll tell you that number three is that, “you must have cake or cannoli or cream puffs or churros.”
Some Birthday! by Patrica Polacco
One of my all-time favorite authors, Patrica Polacco, takes us on an adventure as she tells about one of her memorable birthdays as a young girl.
Who Made This Cake? by Chihiro Nakagawa
We checked this book out countless times from the library. The kids will love to pour over the illustrations as HUGE birthday cake is assembled with heavy-duty equipment.
A Little House Birthday by Laura Ingalls Wilder
How were birthdays celebrated in the pioneer days? Take a peek inside with Little House on the Prairie. This series is soooo good.
Birthday Books for the Chapter Book Crowd
Cam Jansen: The Birthday Mystery #20 by David Adler
If you have a reader who enjoys mysteries and has just ventured into chapter books, Cam Jansen will fit the bill. The covers of the books in the series have recently had makeovers. Hmmm…a makevoer for my birthday sounds good!
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Create a Birthday Book Basket
Extend the birthday fun with a birthday book basket. It’s a great classroom birthday idea to celebrate birthdays all school year.—>Learn How to Make a Birthday Book Basket
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“Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. We’ll celebrate books and reading. Happy birthday to you.”
*This post first appeared on Growing Book by Book on 4/1/13.
BEST idea ever!!!!!
Felicia Barra says
Another great birthday book is Saturn for my birthday
Jaymie Shook says
Happy birthday to you and the little one! Max has an April birthday too 🙂 We have the lift-the-flaps one, and we absolutely need to get the hamster birthday story. We have Hot Rod Hamster, and it is one of our favorites. Thanks for linking into the KLBH!
Happy birthday to Max too!
Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says
Happy Birthday to both of you! 🙂 Great collection of books!
Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Please check out our upcoming Kid Lit Giveaway Hop – sign-ups are now OPEN! Best, Renee
Renne, thank you so much. We had a great birthday week. I’m still coming down from the sugar high of all the birthday cakes.
That’s a fun list of books. We like the Topsy and Tim birthday book.
Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase. I’ve pinned it to our board.
Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews says
This is such an incredible list! Frances was one of my favorites when I was little too. 🙂
Thanks for sharing this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!
Thanks Katie! It looks like lots of loved the Frances books when we were little!
Great list of books! Thanks for linking to Share It Saturday- I am featuring your post tomorrow!
Thanks so much!
Erica @What Do We Do All Day? says
I love this collection of books! Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.
Barbara Mojica says
A Birthday for Frances is my all time favorite. Never heard of the Cam Jensen Birthday Mystery-somehow I missed that one!
Happy Birthday to you and your son!
I don’t think we’ve read any of these. We will have to check these out when the next birthday rolls around.
Love Birthday for Frances! What a fun list for a birthday boy or girl!
Jackie Higgins says
Wow! What a great list! That’s hilarious that your son requests a piggy pancake every single Saturday!
Happy Birthday to you and your son! I’ll share this post!