30+ Children’s Books About Birthdays
I can’t believe that my little boy will be turning 2 this month! Time has flown by, but it also feels like he’s been with me forever, always a part of me.
I’m not into the expense of a huge party this year. And due to some life changes I’ll be posting about in a few weeks, I also am not into a ton of gifts. But I will never stop buying books! I love to buy him new books for his birthday and Christmas (at the very minimum lol). So I’ve taken to the internet to find some fun books about birthdays and I thought you might be interested too!
30+ Children’s Books About Birthdays
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I’ve tried to organize them into categories, but often they overlap, but to make it easy here is a table of contents to get you started.
This fun book about announcing your child’s birthday around the world, and even in space, can be customized to fit your child. Your child becomes the main character! You can add their name, gender, ethnicity, birth date, and hometown. Plus you can even include your own name as the sender!
The Big Happy Birthday Coloring Book for Super Awesome Toddlers: Ages 1-3: Silly & Simple ABC Coloring for Little Hands by Green Light Go
“This birthday-themed, A-Z coloring book features thick lines and super simple patterns sure to make a toddler smile! H is for Hippo (who wants a birthday hug), T is for Triangle (wearing a silly party hat), K is for Kangaroo (about to eat your cake!) and more super silly birthday images to color. Pages are single-sided on bright white paper and suitable for crayon and marker. 8.5 x 8.5 in.”
Books to learn about Birthdays
This book will really remind you of your young child when they start understanding what a birthday is. The little girl asks all sorts of questions about her birthday. Then lists all the reasons why her birthday will be great. I also love the painted and recycled paper collage illustrations. A craft idea that you could easily replicate with your birthday boy or girl!
The Night Before My Birthday by Natasha Wing
“The Night Before My Birthday captures all the excitement and anticipation that every child experiences in the lead-up to their special day. The decorations are up, the table is set, and the food is ready – but what happens when there is an ice cream emergency? Once again Natasha Wing has written a story that is sure to appeal to every child getting ready for a birthday. The book is told by and seen through the eyes of the birthday child, so it is gender neutral and a fun gift for any birthday girl or boy.”
“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.”
“Everyone in the world has a birthday. But birthdays are not celebrated in the same way everywhere. Meet Mercedes in Peru, who eats a cake and a purple pudding called mazamorra morada. Ieva in Latvia is raised in the birthday chair, one lift for each year. And rather than celebrating his own birthday, Phúc Khang in Vietnam joins in the festivities during Tet, when everyone in the country turns one year older. Based on interviews with real people, award-winning author Margriet Ruurs tells the unique stories of how seventeen children from all around the globe celebrate a birthday, including how they each say happy birthday in their native language. Following the memorable stories, children are invited to compare their own birthday traditions with the ones they’ve learned about in the book. “
“Birthdays are milestones on our journey through life. The authors say, “We wrote this book for the many people who wish to find ways of bringing beauty, meaning, and a touch of magic into the celebration of birthdays.”
Packed with recipes, stories, songs and games, and ideas for cards, decorations, and presents, The Birthday Book is spiced with quotations from famous birthday celebrants and amusing historical anecdotes.
- · A complete resource for birthday celebrations from age one to 100+.
- · How to organize a party―invitations, games, prizes and food.
- · Party suggestions for teenagers, 18 to 21 year-olds, twins, and small children.
- · Unique celebrations for those on holiday, ill, Christmas birthdays, and rainy days.
- · Birthday traditions from around the world―Chinese, Muslim, Hindu, and many more.”
Birthday Books Featuring Animals
As an art teacher, I love the work of Eric Carle, and so do many kids. If your child is a fan of his work or of the hungry caterpillar story then this little book may be a great addition to the library. It’s not a full story like his other books though. It’s more like a birthday card made into a book with a ‘to’ and ‘from’ section to match!
“A group of musicians is traveling to a café for a surprise celebration. Press the buttons to hear them play their instruments . . . and join in with the whole band at the end to wish one little otter a very happy birthday! With a flute, guitar, violin, and piano, plus a rousing “big band” chorus and a splendid light-up birthday cake, this delightful little book makes the perfect birthday gift.”
Little Owl is having a birthday and there’s so much to do to get ready for the party. Little owl wants to help but has to learn to be patient and find alternative ways to help. The reviews are great for young kids, but they do say it can be fairly basic.
“In Spot’s Birthday Party, Spot and his friends celebrate by playing a game of hide-and-seek, with a little help from the lift-the-flaps for which Spot books have become famous. Once everyone has been found, it’s time for a party with lots of presents!”
They’re two of the friendliest puppy dogs you’ll ever meet, and the shenanigans they get up to for Milo’s birthday party are lots of fun!”
Happy Birthday, Linda! – A story about the birthday party a family gave their little dog by Judy Yogev
“When Linda, Grandma’s little friend, turns four-years-old Grandma invites the whole family to her home to celebrate the day with a party and a yummy chocolate-cream cake. Linda is so excited with all the gifts and love she receives, but… there’s something missing. Such a perfect day, such a wonderful family, who or what could possibly make the celebration any better? This funny, cute and colorful story is the fourth in the Linda, Grandma’s Little Friend series aimed at children aged three to eight-years-old.”
“A beautifully illustrated book made especially for ebook readers. This is a wonderful bedtime book for children who love dogs. The story has beautiful illustrations of dogs and all kind of cakes. Parents and babies will delight in the funny rhymes that will make them laugh.”
“It’s Ava’s birthday and her friends keep coming up with things they want to do to celebrate her special day. But their suggestions are all things that they would like to do. When Ava gets frustrated, the friends realize they need to think about what Ava likes, too. The story teaches young children about thoughtfulness and friendship. For ages three to five.”
But how do you tell your parents that this very special bear wants to come and live with you … FOREVER?
You come up with a brilliant plan!”
In this board book, Mouse tries to decide which delicious treat he should eat on his birthday—and all the fun foods from the hardcover picture books are featured! This birthday-themed book will make a great gift for young readers.”
“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! This delightfully whimsical picture book has a fun twist kids will love.”
This is a new edition of the classic story. Moonbear learns that the moon and he share the same birthday and he wants to find a gift for the moon. Great for young children and early learners it really puts the emphasis on thinking of others above ourselves.
It’s Peter’s birthday, but he feels sad because nobody in his family wants to play or even see him! It’s turning out to be the worst birthday ever for Peter . . . until he gets a special surprise.
This is the third title in a fresh series of very young stories set in Peter Rabbit’s world. The simple tales will deal with the early experiences and emotions of small children, as seen through the eyes of Beatrix Potter’s classic characters.”
“Bear does not like birthdays. He doesn’t like parties or balloons, cards or candles. In fact, Bear does not like anything to do with birthdays at all. He would much rather spend his birthday alone cleaning his house, but Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, has other ideas.”
“Willy is excited to spend his fifth birthday with friends. His grandma bakes a huge cake: she tells Willy that if he eats the cake, his wishes will come true. Willy decides that he will eat the whole cake and refuses to share it with his friends. They get angry and leave. Now Willy’s sad. Grandma agrees to bake another cake if Willy apologizes to his friends. Willy persuades them to return the next day. This time Willy gives big pieces of pie to all of his friends and eats only a little one himself. What does Willy wish for and will his wish come true?
Purchase a paper copy of “Willy the Dinosaur and the Magic Cake” and get the Kindle version, FREE.”
Whimsical Birthday Story Books
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with books by Dr. Seuss so I’m not sure I’ll go with this book, but it’s a must list for most people. It’s all about having an amazing birthday in the land of Katroo and how they celebrate you and everything that makes you, you. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” Reviews do say it’s a little long for the littles, but it means your child can grow into it. I also really like the idea that many reviewers had of getting party guests to write little notes to have as a keepsake.
An adaptation of the book above it’s designed for toddlers and preschoolers and features lots of lift-flaps on each page. It’s also a board book to help prevent those torn pages you might get with the book above when given to a toddler lol.
“What’s a cupcake to do when she needs to plan her birthday party? In this hilarious, kid-friendly homage to food and birthdays, Cupcake runs through tons of ideas while her best friend, Blueberry Muffin, finds reasons why they won’t work: Soup gets seasick; Donut melts in the sun; someone might get squashed during musical chairs, and Cupcake is not very good at limbo (her icing might get sliced off!). Just as Cupcake is ready to crumble, Blueberry Muffin has one last idea that just might save the day. “
“What could be better than sharing a birthday cake with the friends who helped to bake it? In this whimsical, cumulative birthday tale, a host of generous friends helps a small child assemble the ingredients for a delicious cake. Full of fun and good cheer, Helen Oxenbury’s joyful picture book makes any day a celebration.”
This book is perfect for your science or space lovers! “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. With each discovery, kids learn the science behind the surprise, explained in terms they’ll understand. Complete with sidebars and a glossary, this entertaining adventure is perfect for sharing at home and at school.”
Birthday Books That Teach Important Lessons
“Little Lennie Sue was the happiest girl in town.” Why? Because her favorite day of the year – her birthday – is almost here! She is so excited she can hardly wait for her party, and of course, the gifts she will be receiving. However, after learning that Suzie Lou’s birthday was forgotten, she realizes she wants to share her special day with her friend. The girls end up having “The Best of All Birthdays,” and Lennie Sue discovers that giving can be even more rewarding than receiving.”
This is a cute and touching book about Amanda Panda who’s excited to be the first to turn six, but then finds out her best friend is also having her birthday party on the same day! The book takes us through the journey of their struggles in friendship to them learning how to work together to create a birthday party better than ever!
Kate’s birthday is ruined when her brother eats her cake. But this story is about redemption. Her brother learns about how we can make mistakes, but then how to make it right with the help of Snowman Paul. It’s written with a rhythmic tone to entrance children and help them as they learn to read it on their own.
This book is from a bigger set of Dinosaur children’s books. In this book, the authors take us through different birthday party scenarios to make us ask ourselves “Is this how we should act?” Take a look inside this book on the Amazon page to see what’s in store!
In this quirky book, a little girl gets a chicken for her birthday instead of the theme park tickets she asked for. She then tries to make the best of it, looking on the bright side, but the chicken has her own plans. I love the repetition in this story, the funny situations, and how the birthday girl really tries to be grateful and accepting of the gift she didn’t want. A hard lesson for everyone.
Birthday Books for Children Featuring Popular TV or Movie Characters
“It’s a royal celebration for Belle, Tiana, Jasmine, and the other Disney princesses as they celebrate their birthdays! This Step 1 Deluxe Step into Reading leveled reader is perfect for children ages 4 to 6 and it comes with more than 30 sparkly stickers! Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.”
This is a mix between a guestbook and a children’s book. It has bright colorful pages featuring the Sesame Street crew and rhythmic story. But then it gives you plenty of space to allow party guests or family to write birthday messages. If your child loves Elmo this book is a must for your birthday party.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Whose Birthday Is It? (Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club) by Sheila Sweeny Higginson
“Young readers will have great fun following Mickey on a birthday-themed treasure hunt, peeking below the book’s lift-the-flaps to uncover clues. Happy Birthday! introduces math concepts such as size-order, patterns, and counting, while inviting children to put their imagination and reasoning skills to the test as they follow Mickey on his quest to find the
perfect present for the mysterious birthday party.”
Another book for the Mickey Mouse lover! Especially if you’re going to Disney for the birthday! “It’s your birthday, and Mickey, Minnie, and friends have come to celebrate! This charming keepsake book features a song module shaped like a birthday cake, with a light-up candle on top! Press the button to hear the Happy Birthday song and see the candlelight flicker in time with the melody. With fun-to-read rhymes, favorite Disney characters, special song lyrics, and a space to write the birthday child’s name, this book makes a great gift that is sure to be treasured.”