Birthday Books

Most families have a treasured collection of Christmas books. But do you have a shelf of books to celebrate the special birthdays in your family? Pull out some of these books in anticipation of your child's birthday and your child will be thrilled!


The Perfect Birthday Recipe

This brand new book is the perfect addition to your birthday shelf. When you order this month's Read & Play box, you'll receive the hardback book and two fabulous birthday cake-themed activities! In this excellent book, Beaver has designed the perfect cake for his upcoming birthday. When his friends offer to help, they just ruin everything. So Beaver stays up all night to start from scratch. His cake turns out perfectly - only with no friends to share it, it's lonely and disappointing. His birthday becomes truly perfect when the friends come back to share the imperfect (but lovingly made) cake.

Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau

From the author of the Questioneers series comes this wonderful book. I love when a bit of French is sprinkled into text, so this was a favorite from the start! The elite hat-maker, Madame Chapeau, is brilliant at matching customers with the perfect hats. Once a year, on her birthday, Madame Chapeau ventures out in her favorite bonnet to dinner. This time, a crow snatches her hat and flies away. As she chases the crow through the streets of Paris, a baker, a policeman, a cowboy, and others offer her their own hats to wear. None of them are quite right, though, until one special little girl offers her a hat "knitted with love and [her] best birthday wish."

Birthday Monsters

Sandra Boynton's board book is hilarious, as usual. At 6 am, the monsters show up to get you out of bed and rush you down to open presents. "They brought the presents they like best. You get the wrap; they keep the rest." The antics continue until all you're left with is a big mess. But wait! The birthday monster cleaning crew comes back to set everything straight. Toddlers and parents alike will love this one! 

A Birthday for Bear

Bear claims to hate birthdays, so he always spends the day busily cleaning his den. His friend Mouse tries a variety of tactics to help Bear celebrate, which are met with grumpy responses. In the end, Bear softens to a cake left in his doorstep. He begins eating it... and out jumps his friend Mouse!

Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish

One of my kids' favorite birthday books is "Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish." I mean, if you only get one wish per year you want to make sure you do it right! The rules are silly and surprisingly flexible. For example, "Rule 4: You must have a light (or lights) to blow out. Traditionally, this would be a candle, but it could also be a sparkler. Unless you are a whale... Or a frog... If you are a whale, you may want to invite some fluorescent jellyfish to your party. If you are a frog, consider using fireflies as your candles AND your dessert. ... Either way, something light must go dark."

You Must Bring a Hat

A silly story about a boy who is invited to a party - and the one requirement is that he must bring a hat. But when he arrives at the party, the list of requirements to enter just keeps growing. The boy becomes exasperated, but a twist at the end sets things straight and leaves listeners laughing.

Let's Have a Dog Party!

In "Let's Have a Dog Party," Kate throws her dog a birthday party with all of HER favorite things: loud music, dancing, confetti, and friends. But the dog would rather have a quiet nap in his mat, so he hides. A clever book about friends caring for one another. And the illustrations are adorable!

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