Birthdays are exciting events for children, and stories about birthdays can inspire engaging read-alouds and activities.
Here are some excellent books about birthdays from our juvenile collection.
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)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? Rukhsana Khan's clever story and Sophie Blackall's irresistible illustrations make for a powerful combination in this fresh and surprising picture book.
Call Number: PIC KHA
Publication Date: 2010-03-04
Epossumondas Saves the Day by Coleen Salley; Janet Stevens (Illustrator)It’s Epossumondas's birthday, so Mama's whipping up his favorite biscuits. But she's plumb out of sody sallyraytus! (That's baking soda to all you Yankees.) Everybody knows you can’t make big, fluffy biscuits without sody. One by one, Baby Gator, Auntie, and Mama scoot to the store to fetch some. But when no one comes back, it’s up to Epossumondas to run out and see what’s what--until he runs smack into a great, huge, ugly Louisiana snapping turtle!
Call Number: PIC SAL
Publication Date: 2006-11-01
Carl's Birthday by Alexandra Day (Illustrator)Happy birthday, Carl! But can Mom surprise him? No way. As hard as Mom tries, Madeleine and her canine babysitter extraordinaire are hot on her trail, tasting the party punch, peeking at presents, and adding some of their own favorite decorations.
Call Number: PIC DAY
Publication Date: 1995-11-01
The Eleventh Hour by Graeme BaseWhen Horace turns 11, he celebrates in grand style by inviting his friends to a splendid party. When the time comes for the birthday banquet, a most curious mystery will be revealed. Base has hidden messages that will keep sleuths searching happily for hours for the answer to the mystery.
Call Number: PZ 8.3 .B29 El 1993
Publication Date: 1993-09-20
Some Birthday! by Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)"Anything special happening today, Daddy?" Patricia asked, hoping it would help him remember. "Nope, honey. Today's about the same as any other day, I'd say." Some birthday! Where was the cake with all the candles, the brightly wrapped present, and the family singing "happy birthday" all together? Not only had the festivities apparently been forgotten, but Dad suggests a trip to one of the scariest places on earth -- home of the Clay Pit Bottoms Monster! With a sparkle of mischief, Patricia Polacco's bold, expressive pictures tell how a certain little girl has the spookiest, most exciting, funniest, and best birthday ever.
The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle (Illustrator)On the night before Tim's birthday, he finds a rebus note, a secret message directing him to his gift. Youngsters can read the note with him, then follow him up, down, and through the various-shaped, brightly colored [die-cut] pages to find the puppy at the end.