Birthdays are special and when it is a child’s birthday it is extra special. In our house birthdays are a big deal and we love books. What better way to celebrate than with birthday books? This is a list of birthday books that we enjoy and help us when we celebrate.
More Resources for Little Book Lovers
The best way to encourage a love of reading is to provide kids with many opportunities to engage with a wide variety of books that are of interest to them. That’s why we share so many books lists on Fantastic Fun and Learning. We want to make it easy for you to find great books your kids will love. Over the years we’ve also discovered some helpful tools for connecting kids and books.
Digital libraries are one very handy way to do this. Epic! is one of our favorite online libraries. It’s full of over 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under…and it’s free for educators. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Book Boxes are another fun way to get kids excited about reading. What kid doesn’t love to get a special delivery in the mail?! The crew over at Bookroo finds the best little known books that you won’t already have in your library, and they send them to you each month. Take a peak inside a Bookroo Box here.
Book-Based Activities are also a lot of fun for kids. Jodie over at Growing Book by Book has saved us all a ton of time and created a full year of Book-Based Activity Calendars so that you can extend the fun with a special book each week.
Big Birthday by Kate Hosford
Big birthday is a fun story about a girl that is tired of ordinary parties and decides to have her party on the moon. A party on the moon sounds like fun until it is time to light the candles. The story has a great rhyming pattern and cute story.
Best Birthday Party Ever by Jennifer LaRue Huget
Imagine the best party you have ever been to and it will come nothing close to the party this little girl is planning. As she counts down to her big day the party grows bigger and bigger. You will need to read this one to see if all her dreams come true.
Birthday Bugs: A Pop-up Party by David A. Carter
Happy Birthday Bunny by Liz Garton Scanlon and Stephanie Graegin
A Piece of Cake by LeUyen Pham
Mouse made a cake for Little Bird’s birthday. On the way to deliver it, he trades a piece of cake with chicken, bear, beaver and cow for an odd birthday present for Little Bird. What will Little Bird think of his presents and what will Mouse do when he runs out of cake? The story is great for explaining cause and effect and the illustrations have the feel of the Golden Books.
The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle
For Tim’s birthday he finds a message that is written in code, if he follows the directions he will find his present. Kids will enjoy making guesses for what each clue means and helping Tim find his birthday gift.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? By Jane Tolen
Little Bit loves the How Do Dinosaurs… books. This book shows all the ways a dinosaur does not say happy birthday then shows the best way to say happy birthday. There is also a Spanish version of this book available on Amazon.
Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni
Carl’s Birthday by Alexandra Day
Mom is working hard to surprise Carl for his birthday. As she prepares for the party Madeleine and her best friend, Carl, sneak around trying to see what mom is up to. This is a great book for kids who have a dog best friend.
A Little House Birthday by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura’s birthday is a very special celebration with her family in their little house in the woods. I love that there are Little House books for younger kids. The books are a great way to introduce your little one to the Ingalls family and show how birthdays were celebrated long ago.
A Birthday Basket for Tia by Pat Mora and Cecily Lang
Curious George and the Birthday Surprise by Martha Weston
Olivia Cooks up a Surprise by Emily Sollinger
It is Olivia’s mother’s birthday and she is cooking up a surprise dinner with the help of her family. I love that this story is not about celebrating Olivia’s birthday but how she makes the day extra special for her mom by working with her family.
Scaredy Squirrel has a Birthday Party by Mélanie Watt
Scared Squirrel is planning a safe party for him only. When he invites a friend his plans change in ways he never expected. This book is another funny tale of the squirrel who plans for the scary and dangerous but discovers fun and friends.
Happy Birthday to You! By Dr. Seuss
What better way to celebrate your special day than with Dr Seuss! Travel through Katroo and discover all the ways your special day will be celebrated.
Did We Miss One of Your Favorites?
What are your favorite birthday books? Are there any must reads that you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear about them in the comments.
More Birthday Fun on Fantastic Fun and Learning
Celebrate birthdays with a birthday box surprise countdown.
See the adorable birthday hat sticky craft that Stephanie from Twodaloo shared with us. It’s a great craft for toddlers and preschoolers.