Picture books about birthdays are a fun way to celebrate your little one’s special day! They also make great preschool birthday gifts.
Whether you’re celebrating your preschooler’s birthday or looking for a gift for a preschool friend, these preschool picture books are the perfect place to start.
Picture Books About Birthdays
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books that will help your preschooler celebrate their birthday or the birthday of a loved one.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
I Feel Five! – What is turning five supposed to feel like, anyway? This book offers a charming look at growing older, from a child’s point of view.
Happy Birthday from The Very Hungry Caterpillar – This beautiful book features Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork of birthday surprises–from presents to balloons, and of course, cake–with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one.
Happy Birthday, Cupcake! – What’s a cupcake to do when she needs to plan her birthday party? In this hilarious, kid-friendly homage to food and birthdays, Cupcake runs through tons of ideas while her best friend, Blueberry Muffin, finds reasons why they won’t work…
The Birthday Book – From spending your birthday by yourself to having a big party, receiving presents to receiving hugs, this book is a lively, inclusive introduction to birthday celebrations for any family.
The Night Before My Birthday – The decorations are up, the table is set, and the food is ready – but what happens when there is an ice cream emergency?
If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon – If you had your birthday party on the moon, what would it be like? Blast off to an extraterrestrial celebration and find out! This cool picture book combines fun and facts to help kids learn all about outer space.
If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party – You never know what will happen when a T. Rex crashes your birthday party. Sure, you’ll be super excited when he turns up at your door. But then he’ll stomp. He’ll ROAR. He’ll look at you as if he’s wondering how you taste with a little mustard. In the end, though, you just may find yourself asking him to come back next year!
Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish – The most important rule is #1: It must be your birthday. After that’s been established, a crew of hilarious animals help readers through a joyous romp that covers the most important elements of every year’s most essential holiday, including singing; closing your eyes and making a wish; blowing out candles on a cake, then settling into bed and dreaming of your wish coming true.
Happy Birthday, Mouse! – In this board book, Mouse tries to decide which delicious treat he should eat on his birthday—and all the fun foods from the hardcover picture books are featured! This birthday-themed book will make a great gift for young readers.
Happy Birthday, Little Pookie – Birthday! Birthday! Pookie can’t wait to celebrate! There’s only one problem: It’s still nighttime and everyone is asleep.
A Little House Birthday – Join the Ingalls family as they celebrate little Laura’s fifth birthday in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. There are special presents from everyone, and that night Laura falls asleep to the merry music of Pa’s fiddle. It’s a Little House birthday to remember!
Elmo’s Super-Duper Birthday – Elmo celebrates his birthday with his Sesame Street friends by playing games, eating cupcakes, and opening presents.
Happy Birthday, Moon – Moonbear discovers that he and the moon share the same birthday. Now Moonbear wants to give his nighttime friend a present. But what do you buy the moon?
Whose Birthday Is It? – Perhaps he should get her a new hair bow. Maybe it’s Pluto’s, and Mickey can get him a bone. Young readers will have great fun following Mickey on a birthday-themed treasure hunt, peeking below the book’s lift-the-flaps to uncover clues.
Happy Birthday!: A Birthday Party Book – Celebrate a beloved child’s birthday with this wonderful guest book from Sesame Street! All the Sesame friends are here to say something very special. With additional space for party guests to sign their name or write a message, families will cherish this keepsake of a memorable day for years to come in this happy birthday book!
Which of these books about birthdays will you read first?
Let’s Track What You’re Reading!
It’s fun to track what you read to your preschoolers throughout the school year. It’s even more fun to have your preschoolers track the books they enjoyed.
Parents and teachers can use the Reading Tracker to record the titles of each book they read as well as the date and number of pages.
Children can use the My Book Review page to track the books they listen to and then color a face to show whether they liked each book or not.
If you track what you read, you’ll be amazed at how many books you read each day and month!