Does your child love birthday parties, or is he overwhelmed with the big festivities? Here are 12 children’s books about birthday parties to read.
Whether your child can’t wait to go to a party or must be coerced to go (“There will be cake!”), these children’s books about birthday parties just might let him know that parties are fun.
Because here’s a shocker: Not every kid likes birthday parties.
Some might 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 child 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.
Children’s books about birthday parties
Books have a way of talking about a subject so she can voice whatever emotion she may have, from excitement to fear. They’re also a great way to introduce her to typical birthday party lingo and activities, such as singing happy birthday and playing games.
Some favorite characters 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.
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 children’s books about birthday parties can help prepare her for what to expect, temper expectations, and most importantly, show her that they can have a good time:
Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission—at no extra cost to you—if you make a purchase.
Free resource: Want even more book selections? Join my newsletter and download my Read Aloud Book List! You’ll get hundreds of favorite selections to read aloud with your kids. Get it below—at no cost to you: