Does your child love birthday parties, or is he overwhelmed with the big festivities? Here are 8 children’s books about birthday parties to read.
Because here’s a shocker: Not every kid likes birthday parties.
Some may be downright opposed to this whole birthday party business. Maybe your daughter likes attending birthday parties but dreads having one thrown for herself. The idea of being the center of attention overwhelms her enough to declare she doesn’t want a party.
Or maybe your child refuses to go to birthday parties or doesn’t want to participate in party activities—face painting! cake blowing! Instead, he hides in the back or worse, bawls loudly during the party.
Who doesn’t like a birthday party? You might ask. Easy enough for us to assume that all kids do, considering that most kids do enjoy a good party.
But if you think about emotions—shyness, confusion, challenging social situations—then you might better understand why your daughter really would rather not invite her whole class to a party. Why she might prefer a smaller outing with her family, or why she feels overwhelmed with everyone singing happy birthday.
Books have a way of talking about a subject so your child can voice whatever emotion she may have, from excitement to fear. They’re also a great way to introduce your child to typical birthday party lingo and activities, such as singing happy birthday and playing games.
The point isn’t to convince or force your kid one way or another. You’d want to pick your battles, after all. Instead, reading books about birthday parties can help prepare kids for what to expect, temper expectations, and most importantly, show kids that they can have a good time.
Some favorites include Scaredy Squirrel, who has never had a party and therefore plots the perfect plan before realizing things don’t always go that way; and Lyle, who instead of enjoying a party, grows jealous of the birthday celebrant.
Children’s books about birthday parties
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