I wrote a post about collecting books for a birthday book box on Tuesday where I highlighted ten of our favorite birthday-themed books. So many of you commented to let me know your favorites, that I thought I would do a little more research. Also, I wanted to repost the suggestions so you could have them in one place.
(I couldn’t find images for all the books, but I did at least write all the titles out for you.)
Dr. Seuss Birthday Hat
(This is just a fun book-inspired birthday hat that I found in my research–thought you might like to see it.)
Raggedy Ann’s Birthday Party Book
by Elizabeth Silbaugh, Illustrated by Laura Francesca Filippucci
I found this book during our weekly library trip yesterday–right after posting about our own Raggedy Ann book! Since Juliet is on a Raggedy Ann kick this week, I thought it was a good find.
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It details several projects/activities that children can do on their own like ideas for making handmade gifts, decorating their own wrapping paper, a recipe for a cake, and party game directions. I think I am going to look for a copy for Juliet’s birthday box. It’s a good one.
Happy Birthday, Everywhere!
by Arlene Erlbach, Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm
This was another library find. This one looks especially fun because it details the various birthday traditions from other countries besides the United States. Included are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Russia, Sudan, and the United States (featuring the Native American traditions of the Winnegabo Indians.)
It provides one traditional birthday activity that you and your kids can try together. For example, Australia’s activity is making Fairy Bread.
I love the international aspect of this book! We haven’t done any activities yet, but we are going to have fun with it later this week.
by Rosemary Wells
This was suggested by Carol from Reading is Fundamental–I haven’t read it yet, but I do love Rosemary Wells.
The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli was recommended by Adjuct Mom. She wrote, “My son swears by it and we start reading it at least a month before his birthday.” I LOVE No No Yes Yes by this same author, so I am eager to read this one.
Not Last Night But the Night Before
by Colin McNaughton was recommended by Bill. It looks like a good one as well.
Okay, so if you have a copy of Becky’s Birthday
by Tasha Tudor in your hands, you have a rare and collectible item! The cheapest one I could find online was $54.75!! I am a huge fan of Tasha Tudor, so I was hoping this would be easier to find, but alas. It seems that I will just have to cross my fingers and hope it turns up at our local goodwill someday. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? I would love
to have this for our birthday box.
by Wende Devlin looks like a good one–no one recommended it to me, but the bearded man in his pajamas on the cover intrigues me.
I’m sure I must have read Happy Birthday to You!
by Dr. Seuss at some point in my life, but I have no memory of it! Kelly recommended it, so I am off to find it!
Happy Birthday, Sam
by Pat Hutchins
I’m including this one even though I have not read it yet because I am such a fan of Good-Night Owl by the same author.
The Secret Birthday Message
by Eric Carle
We checked this out two weeks ago and Juliet insisted that we read it every day. It was a HUGE hit.
A Birthday for Frances
by Russell Hoban
I remember liking this one as a girl. I’m pretty sure our library has a copy we can check out.
Terry from the Reading Tub suggested this book Two Birthdays for Beth
by Gay Lynn Cronin about a young girl who celebrates her adoption day, too.
Here are the rest of the recommendations:
Infant Bibliophile recommended Who Are You, Sue Snue? by Dr. Seuss
Terry from the Reading Tub recommended Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and A Birthday Present for Mama
Brimful Curiosities suggested Birthday Monsters! by Sandra Boynton (here’s a review of this book by Crafts-n-things for Children if you want to see pics), Spot Bakes a Cake by Eric Hill, and Curious George and the Birthday Surprise.
Amanda recommended If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Yum-Yummy Birthday Cake .
And lastly, one I tried to find, but had no luck is Candles, Cakes, and Donkey Tails: Birthday Symbols and Celebrations
by Lila Perl. It details birthday symbols and celebrations. I am hoping our library has a copy.
And here are a few more ideas I had after searching our library catalogue:
Serafina’s Birthday by Alma Flor Ada
Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
The Fairytale Cake
by Mark Sperring
Eeyore Has a Birthday by A. A. Milne
Birthdays around the World by Mary D. Lankford
by Karma Wilson
Tiger’s Birthdayby Mercer Mayer
Babar’s Birthday Surprise
by Laurent de Brunhoff
I hope this list is helpful to you! Please feel free to leave more suggestions in the comments!