Happy Birthday, Everyone!
Happy Birthday! You have a birthday? Of course you do. Everybody does. It might not be right now but sooner or later, as the year goes by, you’re going to be blowing out the candles on the cake and eyeing those gifts. You might be a little young to understand the concept so here are some books the big folks can share with you.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Mark Teague
Dinosaurs are cool! They’re huge and fierce and have all kinds of horns. Still they age every year too, but how do dinosaurs say Happy Birthday? They tear their present up, stick their faces in their cake, scream and throw temper tantrums, right? Well, no. What they do can be found in the pages of this fun and educational book. A great read to share with the big people.
Click, Clack, Surprise! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
It’s somebody’s birthday down on the farm, and everyone is helping get ready. There are balloons to be blown up, cakes to be baked and games to be planned and approved. Donkey’s got a little problem with a game where his tail gets pinned on. But things will work out with a little bit of team work and a lot of laughs.
Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss
Okay, you know Dr. Seuss right? He’s the guy who told you about the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch who didn’t like Christmas. Well, this time around he’s going to tell you why you’re special – most of all because you’re special. Or as the good Doctor puts it: “No one is you-er than you.” The big people might remember reading this one themselves when they were kids.
It’s My Birthday, by Helen Oxenbury
There’s nothing like having a birthday. Well, maybe sharing that birthday with friends. Especially when you’re a baking the cake. From finding all the ingredients to mixing the cake batter – don’t forget to let your friends lick the spoon – the times are even more fun when you share them with friends. Don’t read this one until just before you’re ready to have your cake least the “hungries” get you.
Happy Birthday, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff with illustrations by Felicia Bond
It’s mouse’s birthday so he can have anything he wants! Oh, wow! He can have pancakes, or donuts, or brownies, or cupcakes. All mouse has to do is decide. What would you want? Have the big folks share this one with you. They’ll love the great pictures that show the great birthday that mouse is having.
All books listed can be obtained through your local library. For more information about books about birthdays or to find out about library services and programs, please visit your local library or go to ahjlibrary.org. Mr. Strawn is Director of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.