On Simon’s Birthday I did a special birthday themed Storytime with him at home. Usually we read a book right before his nap, but since this was a special day, we read a whole stack of pre-nap books. He thought this was pretty fantastic, and it was a win-win situation because I am always happy to read him lots of books, and he is always happy to be read to. We had these birthday stories around for a couple of weeks, but they have finally gone back to the library and have since been replaced by books about bugs (his current burning interest).
Here are my picks for birthday themed books:
Happy Birthday, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton. We love the Little Pookie books around here. The rhymes are clever and fun, and Little Pookie is an adorable character.
The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli. Patricelli is another author that we really like as a whole family. Her illustrations are clean and simple, yet very expressive and humorous. I love the imagination used in this story as the baby enjoys the box that a gift came in as much as the gift itself.
Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch. I had this book when I was little, so I have a soft spot for it. In this story the little bear hears his own echo and thinks the moon is talking to him. The plot is pure innocence and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling.
Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur! by Syd Hoff. This book would be great for a child who is a beginning reader, but is also fun for littler kids like Simon. He loves dinosaurs, so the Danny and the Dinosaur books are really entertaining to him.
It’s My Birthday by Helen Oxenbury. In this story, various animals help a child gather the necessary ingredients to make a birthday cake. At the end, they all enjoy it together. There is also a recipe in the back to bake your own birthday cake, which would make a great tie-in for homeschooling or just for fun.
Do you have any favorite birthday-themed children’s books to recommend?