15 Birthday Children’s Books

My son’s second birthday is coming up on January 30th and I realized I had to check my book bins for all of my birthday books! To my surprise, I had way more than I thought I did. I noticed that when I taught kindergarten I never actually read a birthday book on anyone’s birthday? They were mostly just used in lessons that went along with our weekly objectives.

This made me a little sad.

The truth is, as a teacher, there is a plan behind everything. If you are teaching cause and effect and a book you want to read doesn’t go perfectly with that objective, you pick a different book.

As a parent, this gives you the chance to have these special moments with your child.

Don’t pass them up!

Below you will find a mix of paperback & board books that are all birthday themed. These are perfect books to read the few weeks leading up to your little one’s big day OR the perfect books for family members to give as gifts!

As much as I would like to own ALL the books in the world, sadly, I don’t. You’ll see the list of books I recommend and own as well as a wish list of books I discovered recently that I would LOVE to try! Enjoy!


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The Birthday Box

I love every book by Leslie Patricelli and so does my (almost) 2 year old! This books shows all the fun things you can do with the box your present comes in. We as parents know to well that sometimes the box and the paper a present comes in is more exciting than the present itself. Such a cute book that comes in a board book, paperback, and hardcover version!


The Night Before My Birthday

The Night Before books never disappoint. It captures the feelings you feel and the things you do the night before any holiday. Check this one out!


Curious George and the Birthday Surprise

See how George helps plan a surprise party!


Happy Birthday, Curious George

We love tabbed books in this house! Check out why George is so excited about his birthday!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?

I have always loved all of the How Do Dinosaur books! Check out this hilarious book to see how dinosaurs say happy birthday!


Clifford’s Birthday Party

I have loved Clifford ever since I was a little girl. Sharing Clifford books with my son has been so much fun!

Find out what happens when everyone wants to give Clifford a special birthday present!


A Birthday for Frances 

It’s always normal for a child to feel a little jealous when it’s a siblings or friends birthday. The perfect book to read to the child that isn’t celebrating their birthday.


Happy Birthday to You!

One of my favorite birthday books. If you love Dr. Seuss this one is for you!


Birthday Monsters!

Check out these party crashers in, Birthday Monsters!


Happy Birthday, Mouse!

If you love the If You Give A books like I do, Happy Birthday, Mouse is a must read!


Happy Birthday!

We are Sesame Street obsessed in this house and this book is PERFECT for any other Sesame Street lovers!

BONUS: This can be left out at a party as a guest book!


Spot’s Birthday Party

Play hide and seek with Spot and his friends with this fun lift-the-flap book! (We love lift-the-flap books!!)


My Birthday Book Wish List

Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

I absolutely love this author. I am the proud owner of Peanut Butter & Cupcake as well as Milk Goes to School. They were my two favorite books to read to my students at the beginning of the school year and I can’t WAIT to check out Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

What’s a cupcake to do when she needs to plan her birthday party? In this hilarious, kid-friendly homage to food and birthdays, Cupcake runs through tons of ideas while her best friend, Blueberry Muffin, finds reasons why they won’t work: Soup gets seasick; Donut melts in the sun; someome might get squashed during musical chairs; and Cupcake is not very good at limbo (her icing might get sliced off!). Just as Cupcake is ready to crumble, Blueberry Muffin has one last idea that just might save the day.


Happy Birthday from The Very Hungry Caterpillar (The World of Eric Carle)

Release Date: February 5, 2019

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of everyone’s special day. This beautiful book features Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork of birthday surprises–from presents to balloons, and of course, cake–with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one. This book is the perfect birthday gift for readers young and old.

Elmo’s Super-Duper Birthday

Elmo celebrates his birthday with his Sesame Street friends by playing games, eating cupcakes, and opening presents. Girls and boys ages 3 to 7 will love this paperback storybook that includes over 50 stickers, a Pin-the-Nose-on-Elmo game, and a press-out birthday crown!

We hope you loved our list of favorite birthday books as well as our wish list! Happy Reading!

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