Party Time: 7 Birthday Books | Milestones

The most important day on any child’s calendar is their birthday, and it’s no wonder. Gifts, cakes, family and friends are just some of the items that make every birthday the best day ever! These 7 nicknames are perfect as gifts for the kid of the hour or in anticipation of the big day.

The most important day on any child’s calendar is their birthday, and it’s no wonder. Gifts, cakes, family and friends are just some of the items that make every birthday the best day ever! These 7 nicknames are perfect as gifts for the kid of the hour or in anticipation of the big day.

Ten rules for a Christmas wish Beth Ferry. delusion. by Tom Lichtenold. Putnam. ISBN 9781524741549.
PreS-KEvery child yearns for their birthday and spends hours dreaming about the big day, and the rules in this delightful book will feel quite familiar to many (“Rule #2: Have a party!”; “Rule #8: Make a wish”). Kids will especially love reading and rereading this book to laugh about the exceptions to the ten Christmas rules and to point out the fun details of Lichtenhold’s holograms. Every birthday rule has at least one exception, and every one is silly, witch, or both. Besides funny rules and exceptions, the story has a dominant sweetness, reminding adults to celebrate the days of birthday wishes and celebrating with the optimism and hope of young children.

When is my birthday? by Julie Fogliano. delusion. by Christian Robinson. Roaring Brook. ISBN 9781626722934.
PreS-Gr 1A prolific poem in anticipation of children’s anticipation of the most special day of each year: their birthday. Exaggerated excitement is reflected in Robinson’s clever use of the scale, as in a spread displaying a giant gift tied with white string. A little girl extends her hand to pull the thread, its size is diminishing. The tall, tall rim size is also perfect for displaying a towering pool-sized birthday cake so large that the little birthday boy needs a ladder to reach the candles. A muted palette of slate blue, mustard yellow, forest green, and burnt sienna, occasionally shown against a rich black background, reflects the ceremonial tone of the text without turning into what would have been—in the hands of a less skilled poet and artist—overwhelming or obnoxious in its fervor. Instead, readers will appreciate and immediately recognize the delightful prospect. Peppy and utterly childlike, it is meant to be read aloud with enthusiasm.

If you had your birthday party on the moon by Joyce Lapin. delusion. by Simona Ceccarelli. Sterling/Silver Oak. ISBN 9781454929703.
K-Gr 3—This title comically educates young readers about the moon by depicting a birthday party based on the moon. The text is written in a way that appeals to children who love the story format as well as space enthusiasts interested in facts. For example, one fact says, “When choosing the best place for your party, it helps to know that the same side of the moon always faces the Earth.” The illustrations of the book are large and leave plenty of room for imagination. The theme will appeal to space lovers and stargazers.

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The amazing suit by Cat Patrick. delusion. by Hayley Wells. US scribble. ISBN 9781950354696.
PreS-Gr 2Frankie’s party is imminent, and her family has joined in to help prepare for it. The problem is with her clothes: Frankie doesn’t want to wear any of the three dresses her mom gives her, and her favorite jacket just doesn’t fit, either: “What Frankie wanted was a suit. An amazing suit. Luckily, her family found the drawing and was able to sew a suit that would make Frankie happy. : “It looked just the way Frankie felt: like a mighty, stormy sky.” Frankie complements her look with her ponytailed hair and cat-eyes, and is adored at her birthday party with all her friends sharing in the joy. The desire to choose a certain outfit will resonate with those who’ve experienced Dressing up as preschool themselves Older readers are likely to turn to the subject of disrupting gender norms as Frankie avoids wearing a party dress for a party suit. This is the perfect birthday celebration that lets one’s sense of style and self shine through.

christmas box by Leslie Patricelli. delusion. by the author. Candlewick. ISBN 9780763628253.
Toddler – PreSA baby in only a diaper and a striped party hat gets a gift from his grandmother. What is this? Toddler takes off the wrapper and discovers a big brown box! A box full of possibilities and this kid lets the imagination run wild. When the kid finally opened the gift, there was a stuffed dog inside. Now the two can create adventures. The container becomes a plane, a sailboat and a sleigh. New friends share a snack inside its protective walls before settling in for a comfortable nap. Patricelli’s simple first-person novel is refreshing. With bold black outlines, the acrylic panels are expressive and endearing. Solid color dynamic backgrounds, over which the box casts a large shadow, add a sense of spontaneous playfulness. This is the perfect birthday book for a toddler, with a box of course!

happy day Alicia by Meg Star. delusion. by Ying Hua Ho and Cornelius Van Wright. Star Bright. ISBN 9781887734851.
PreS-Gr 1– An urban environment that forms the background for a little girl celebrating her birthday. Alicia’s mother guides her through the streets where she is greeted by neighbours, shopkeepers, street vendors and even taxi drivers. To expand on the imaginative quality of the day, planes write a greeting in the sky and pigeons bow to the birthday girl. Finally, this perfect break is rounded off by a giant Icey Man ice cream cone and a party with her loving extended family. Watercolor illustrations paint a cheerful picture of a bustling Latino neighborhood. An exhilarating and cheerful tale.

one big day by Ann Winter. delusion. by Alia Marley. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. ISBN 9780062934932.
babyThere is no such thing as a child’s first birthday. anticipation. feelings. And a lot of first things. In this sweet tablet book, a black family celebrates a child’s ride around the sun for the first time. In additional text, the book covers the highs (opening a big chest with a friend) and lows (exploding a scary balloon) of the day. The jewel-toned illustrations highlight the joy and celebration that shines through all the time. Word One It repeats on every page, enhancing the child’s age in a developmentally appropriate manner. A great choice for introducing party events to the kid of the hour and for managing the expectations of any older siblings who might need some affirmation. Nice choice for reading aloud before, after and after the big day.