Birthdays are a big deal! I mean, it’s the one day of the year that’s all about you. One way to celebrate this special occasion is with books. Check out these picture books about birthdays that capture the excitement of this memorable day that comes once a year.
You can click on any of the covers below to learn more about each story or find all of these picture books about birthdays on my Amazon page.
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Birthday Books for Kids
Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish
The most important rule is #1: It must be your birthday.
After that’s been established, a crew of hilarious animals help picture book pros Tom Lichtenheld and Beth Ferry take readers through a joyous romp that covers the most important elements of every year’s most essential holiday, including singing; closing your eyes and making a wish; blowing out candles on a cake, then settling into bed and dreaming of your wish coming true.
The Night Before My Birthday
The decorations are up, the table is set, and the food is ready – but what happens when there is an ice cream emergency?
Big Red Lollipop
Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can’t convince Ami that you just don’t bring your younger sister to your friend’s party. So both girls go, and not only does Sana demand to win every game, but after the party she steals Rubina’s prized party favor, a red lollipop. What’s a fed-up big sister to do?
If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party
You never know what will happen when a T. Rex crashes your birthday party. Sure, you’ll be super excited when he turns up at your door. But then he’ll stomp. He’ll ROAR. He’ll look at you as if he’s wondering how you taste with a little mustard. In the end, though, you just may find yourself asking him to come back next year!
If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon
Have your birthday party on the moon and everyone will come! After all, who wouldn’t want to ride in a rocket and celebrate for a day that lasts as long as a month on Earth? Then, young partygoers could romp in a low-gravity playground; watch candles and balloons behave weirdly in the Moon’s atmosphere; and see why the “moon angels” they make in the thick carpet of lunar dust will last for thousands of years.
If You Give a Pig a Party
If you give a pig a party, she’s going to ask for some balloons. When you give her the balloons, she’ll want to decorate the house. When she’s finished, she’ll put on her favorite dress…
My Lucky Birthday
Just as Alligator Al is planning the perfect birthday dinner for himself, there is a knock on his door. It’s a delicious-looking piglet—how lucky! But as Al prepares his feast, the piglet makes some suggestions. Shouldn’t Al have a big birthday cake? Piglet can tell him how to make one. And wouldn’t the celebration be more fun with fancy decorations and party guests? Piglet would be happy to ask some friends to come over. Al is so lucky that Piglet is there to help…or is he? Could Piglet have a clever party trick up his sleeve?
A Birthday for Frances
Tomorrow is Gloria’s birthday, and her party is sure to be fun for everyone—except Frances, that is, who wishes it was her own birthday.
The Backwards Birthday Party
Put your clothes on inside out, heat up the ice cream, and hang on to your party hats—because everything’s out of whack at the backwards birthday party!
Birthday Rules by Laurie Friedman
When it comes to birthdays, no one knows how to party like Percy! Just follow his simple rules―like #2 “Happy times call for happy measures” and #9 “Be careful what you wish for”―to make the most of your celebration. Even when the cake has been consumed and the presents put away, Percy still has a trick up his sleeve to make a birthday extra special!
Today is Grandma’s birthday, and Granddad has an ichin’,
to bake a WHOPPER chocolate cake and traumatize the kitchen!
Join the madcap frenzy of making the biggest cake in the world! And the biggest…mess!
Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes
Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a party, and Pete can’t wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing! Who could have taken them?
Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party
Scaredy never plans big birthday parties. He’d rather celebrate alone quietly in the safety of his nut tree and avoid those pesky party animals (ants, clownfish, ponies and Bigfoot). When all his excessive plans are thrown up in the air like confetti, will Scaredy play dead and cancel? Or will he face the music?
Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake
When the class tries to bake a cake for Ms. Frizzle’s birthday, they wind up inside it and have some delicious fun learning all about mixtures and reactions that occur when ingredients are combined.
The Secret Birthday Message
A message in code starts a little boy off on an exciting treasure hunt through a dark cave, an underground tunnel, and more—until at the end he finds a happy surprise.
Do you have a favorite birthday book that didn’t make the list? Let me know so I can check it out!
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