You Say It's Your Birthday

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You Say It's Your Birthday

Books for Young Celebrants

We all have one, and if we're lucky, we have many more. But birthdays seem particularly special for our youngest readers - a time when everything is new and everybody gets to eat cake. Waiting for that one day a year can seem like it takes forever, but a few books on the topic may get your little ones excited to celebrate or stop them from asking about their presents (at least for a few minutes).

When's My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson
The newest book on our list won me over with the familiar and always charming illustrations by Christian Robinson (Any Last Stop On Market Street fans?), and made my smile grow even wider with a single phrase:

wakey wakey
time for cakey


This is a sweet story that's great as a read-aloud or shared at bedtime, reminding you of that special magic when your day has finally come.

Don't Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup
Sleeping is my favorite birthday activity, but spending time with my friends is a close second. Tiger's friends all try to not to wake her up while they plan a special surprise, which takes some creative thinking and the help of a few balloons.

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter, the adventurer from Keats' The Snowy Day, is back in this story of anticipation, rainy days, and hoping a special friend (a girl!) will come to your birthday party. Centered around Peter trying to get Amy her special invitation, I love how this classic story visualizes the focus and nervousness Peter has around delivering his surprise, and how it pays off in the end.

F Is For Fiesta, by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Fun rhyming text gives this book a special rhythm as it goes through the Spanish alphabet and a most fun fiesta de cumpleaños. A glossary in front helps with pronunciation and definitions, making this both educational and exciting for birthdays.

One Word From Sophia, by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail
Have you ever wanted something so bad that you stayed up thinking about it? Sophia really wants a giraffe for her birthday. Will you get her a giraffe? How about you? Or you? Sophia prepares her arguments (and pie charts) for why she should get the best birthday gift ever, but all she really needs is one magic word.