To celebrate a very special day of the year!

We can safely say there is no day like a birthday. Seriously—it only happens once a year. And such a special occasion deserves a special series of books to commemorate its mystery, excitement, and sheer awesomeness. Here are our top ten choices for books to help kids capture and celebrate the one day when it’s all about them.

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Happy Birthday, Cupcake! by Terry Border

“The brain behind Peanut Butter & Cupcake brings out a brand-new birthday-themed baked-goods bash. Cupcake is trying to plan a perfect birthday party—but every activity she and her best friend Blueberry Muffin come up with ends with a snag. Will they find a way for everyone to celebrate Cupcake’s big day before time runs out? Enjoy being swept along (and maybe more than a little hungry) in this tale of slightly frenzied birthday fun.” Storyberries

If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party by Jill Esbaum & Dasha Tolstikova

“It’s all fun and games until a T. Rex crashes your birthday party. He might be exciting, but let’s just say he isn’t exactly the most subtle guest. Or the most gracious. Still, he might just end up being someone you’d invite back to your next birthday. This pleasantly twisting, intensely colourful book will let your imaginations run as wild as a dinosaur.” Storyberries
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Happy Birthday to You Great Big Flap Book by Dr. Seuss Birthday book list

Happy Birthday to You! Great Big Flap Book by Dr. Seuss

“Dr. Seuss’ inimitable rhyme is back—this time in an edition with over 60 flaps for curious minds. Follow along on a birthday-themed poetic journey and discover all kinds of fun surprises on the way. It will be a classic you find your family returning to with each passing year.” Storyberries

A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker & Kady MacDonald Denton


“Planning a birthday party is all well and good…except when the special someone you’re planning it for is no fan of birthday parties. Bear would rather spend his special day cleaning house than blowing out candles. Will Mouse be able to change his mind? This book will enrapture your child with its illustrations and even widen their vocabulary along the way.”
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When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano & Christian Robinson

“The young heroine of this standout birthday book has no shortage of ideas for what will make her big day the best yet. A big cake, lots of chocolate and as many candles as you can count. Join her as she assembles all the pertinent details: the when, the where, the why, and most importantly, the what. A marvellous birthday tale.”

Benjamin’s 365 Birthdays by Judi & Ronald Barrett

“Benjamin just turned nine. That means 365 days until he turns ten. If it were up to him, he would celebrate his birthday every single day! – you’ll be delighted by Benjamin’s ingenuity, and enchanted by wonderful sketches that accompany this amusing story.”
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The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli

“Sure, getting a birthday present is always a thrill—but there’s just as much fun to be had with the box it came in. From a boat to a plane to a sled, a box can be anything if a kid’s imagination stretches far enough. This witty and wise picture book will have kids and their parents thinking inside the box for once!” Storyberries

Happy Birthday to Me! By ME, Myself, Dr. Seuss

“Using the Seuss classic ‘Happy Birthday to You!’ as a template—and with quotes galore inside—kids can have a say in their birthday celebrations by writing and doodling their own ideas for the perfect day. What gifts are on their list? What qualities make them different from anyone they know? What are their favourite flavours of cake? It’s an interactive book that’s guaranteed to make each birthday more special than the last—especially as it has space for friends and family to wish them the best birthday ever.”
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Birthday Monsters! by Sandra Boynton

“Sandra Boynton’s one-of-a-kind illustrating and rhyming style gets a birthday update. The birthday monsters are the most infamous party crashers around…and they’re prepared to make your birthday one you’ll never forget! Try to keep up with them as they wreak festive havoc at every turn. Spoiler alert: there are lots of balloons!”

The Night Before My Birthday, Natasha Wing & Amy Wummer

“As every kid knows, the night before your birthday might be even more exciting than the day itself. There’s just so much to look forward to! Join a spirited group of kids as they rush to get everything in order for a very special birthday.”
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The Birthday Counting Book

An adorably written and beautifully illustrated simple story for babies and toddlers. This counting book themed around birthdays will be sure to delight you all.

Jimmy the Cat and Bobik’s Birthday

Jimmy the cat has three friends – a dog, a parrot and a spider. One day it is Bobik the dog’s birthday and so Jimmy,, along with Patty the parrot and Simon the spider, plans a very special day.
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Thato’s Birthday Surprise

Thato is eagerly awaiting his birthday. He imagines all kinds of exciting possibilities about how he will spend his special day. In the end he gets a surprise that he would never have imagined possible!