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Pick Six: Children’s Birthday Books

In just 5 short days, we’ll be celebrating our daughter’s 3rd birthday.  Yes, that’s right, we’re about to enter to venture into “threenager” territory.  Thank goodness kids are only “threenagers” for a year.  I know she hasn’t even turned three yet, but I can’t wait until she turns four…That’s an easy year, right? RIGHT?!?!?!

In celebration of Sparkles’ upcoming birthday, I thought I’d pick six birthday themed children’s books to read with your little ones.  Enjoy!

How Many Sleeps Till My Birthday? by Mark Sperring


Little Pip cannot wait until his birthday, so every day he wakes up and asks his dad, Papa Grizzle, “How man sleeps till my birthday?” Papa Grizzle becomes annoyed at having to answer the same question every day, but luckily he also wants to help his son learn patience.

Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
A classic.  This is such a sweet story!  Moonbear discovers that he and the moon share the same birthday. Now Moonbear wants to give his nighttime friend a present. But what do you buy the moon?

Froggy’s Birthday Wish by Jonathan London

It’s Froggy’s birthday—but no one has remembered.  His parents don’t seem to realize it’s his special day, and none of his friends are at home to wish him a happy birthday.  Will Froggy celebrate his birthday all alone?  Has everyone really forgotten?

A Birthday for Bear by Bonnie Becker
Bear does not like birthdays. He doesn’t like parties or balloons, cards or candles. In fact, Bear does not like anything to do with birthdays at all. He would much rather spend his birthday alone cleaning his house, but Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, has other ideas.

The Night Before My Birthday by Natasha Wing
I just adore these “Night Before” books by Natasha Wing.  This book captures all the excitement and anticipation that every child experiences in the lead-up to their special day. The decorations are up, the table is set, and the food is ready – but what happens when there is an ice cream emergency?

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
This is not a birthday themed book, but I like to read it on my birthday so I made it a tradition to read it to the kid’s on their birthdays too.   In this book, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.

Your turn: What are some of your favorite birthday themed children’s books to read?  Any tips on coping with the “threenager” year?  Feel free to share in the comments.