Children love birthday parties! Everyone dressed in their party attire, the brightly wrapped presents, and the sweet smell of cake! What’s not to like? Even books about birthdays are exciting. Continue the celebration with these engaging birthday books for preschoolers.
Children love birthday parties and reasons to celebrate. Blow up some balloons, string up some crêpe paper, hang a backdrop, and set up a birthday party dramatic play in the classroom for loads of fun! Then break out some birthday books for preschoolers during circle time for some engaging storytime fun. Afterward, leave the books on the bookshelf for the children to explore independently.
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Here Are Some Favorite Birthday Books:
The Birthday Book by Todd Parr
Bright pictures show all the fun things people can do on their birthdays. This is a great introduction to birthday celebrations, from big parties to celebrating with your family!
Extending the Learning: Add cupcake tins, silicone or paper cupcake wrappers, candles, and little gems to the sensory table. Students pretend making cupcakes, counting candles, and having fun learning!
Make a Wish, Henry Bear by Liam Francis Walsh
Be careful what you wish for in this twist of a birthday wish! Henry’s parents have been “fun” all year, and it’s a bit much! After making a birthday wish last year for his parents to be more fun, he had no idea how quickly “fun” would become not-so-fun. He can hardly wait to blow out this year’s candles!
Extending the Learning: Talk about birthday wishes and ask the students what they think good wishes would be. Pick a few and chart the answers using a pocket chart and name cards.
This Bear’s Birthday by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
This charming birthday book depicts adorable illustrations of a little bear trying to prepare for his birthday. He almost does it all by himself but realizes some things need a little help from friends and family.
Extending the Learning: Have a teddy bear picnic with a birthday party theme! Invite students to bring their favorite stuffed friends for a picnic on the grass in the playground. Serve snack cakes, lemonade, or other fun treats, and sing Happy Birthday to every bear!
Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by Kimberly and James Dean
Count down from 10 in this whodunit book with rhyming, animals, and a little story of forgiveness! Pete the Cat and his friend Gus finally figure out who ate all their cupcakes with a little help from their friends.
Extending the Learning: Play Concentration, Memory, Go Fish, and other matching games with this engaging cupcake matching game.
Bear Can’t Wait by Karma Wilson
This impatient bear has the kindest of friends. Even with Bear’s blundering, he and his friends still pull together a festive birthday party for Hare. This beautifully illustrated book shows all that goes into planning a birthday party for friends.
Extending the Learning: Students can pretend to make some of their own cakes with homemade play dough! See the link below for some favorite recipes.
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