The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Happy Birthday! - August 2005

Selected and annotated by Jennifer Greene


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Ashman, Linda. Maxwell's Magic Mix-up; illus. by Regan Dunnick. Simon, 2001. 5-8 yrs.
Maxwell the Magician turns the birthday girl into a rock, the guests into animals, and the dad into a broom before help comes along to put everything back into order.

Borden, Louise. Sleds on Boston Common: A Story from the American Revolution; illus. by Robert Andrew Parker. McElderry, 2000. Gr. 2-4.
Henry is eager to try out the new sled he got from his father for his birthday; the only thing that stands in the way is the presence of British troops on the hill where he plans to sled.

Demas, Corinne. The Disappearing Island; illus. by Ted Lewin. Simon, 2000. 5-9 yrs.
For Carrie's ninth birthday, her grandmother takes her on a special trip to a deserted island town.

Helldorfer, M.C. Hog Music; illus. by S.D. Schindler. Viking, 2000. 6-9 yrs.
Great-aunt Liza sends Lucy a birthday present on a mail coach, and Lucy ends up with more than she or her great-aunt expected.

Keselman, Gabriela. The Gift; tr. by Laura McKenna; illus. by Pep Montserrat. Kane/Miller, 1999. 3-6 yrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Goodparent try to figure out the "very special" and "BIG" present Mikie wants for his birthday.

Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Annie Was Warned; written and illus. by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Knopf, 2003. 4-6 yrs.
Even though she was warned, Annie sneaks off to explore a creepy mansion on Halloween night (also her birthday!), and she discovers a surprise.

Look, Lenore. Henry's First-Moon Birthday; illus. by Yumi Heo. Schwartz/Atheneum, 2001. 4-7 yrs.
Proud sibling Jen-Jen prepares for the arrival of her Chinese relatives who are coming to celebrate her baby brother's one-month birthday.

Mass, Wendy. Leap Day. Little, 2004. Gr. 7-10.
Josie, a Leap Year baby, celebrates her sixteenth birthday (her forth Leap Year birthday) with flair complete with a driving test, play auditions, scavenger hunt, party and more.

McMullan, Kate. Pearl and Wagner: Three Secrets; illus. by R. W. Alley. Dial, 2004 (Dial Easy-to-Read). Gr. 1-2.
Best friends Pearl and Wagner learn about secrets while on a school trip to an ice cream factory and while at a birthday party at an amusement park.

Potter, Giselle. Chloë's Birthday…and Me; written and illus. by Giselle Potter. Schwartz/Atheneum, 2004. 5-8 yrs.
Older sister Giselle is jealous of all of the attention being given to her younger sister Chloe on Chloe's fifth birthday.

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Mice and Beans; illus. by Joe Cepeda. Scholastic, 2001. 4-7 yrs.
Secret little helpers assist Rosa Maria in the preparations for her granddaughter's seventh birthday party.

Rylant, Cynthia. Poppleton in Winter; illus. by Mark Teague. Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2001. Gr. 1-3.
Poppleton the pig makes a new friend, creates a sculpture, and enjoys a wintry birthday surprise.

Scrimger, Richard. Bun Bun's Birthday; illus. by Gillian Johnson. Tundra, 2001. 4-7 yrs.
Winifred is expecting the next big party to be for her birthday, so she is disappointed to find out that the next celebration is for her little sister Bun Bun's first birthday.

Segal, Lore. Morris the Artist; illus. by Boris Kulikov. Foster/Farrar, 2003. 5-7 yrs.
Morris doesn't want to give up the paint set he bought Benjamin for his birthday, and does not wait too long before opening up the set making the party more colorful.

Stadler, Alexander. Duncan Rumplemeyer's Bad Birthday; written and illus. by Alexander Stadler. Wiseman/Simon, 2004. 5-8 yrs.
Duncan has one of his "mischievous days" on his birthday and does not want to share his toys or birthday fun with his friends.

Wells, Rosemary. Yoko's Paper Cranes; written and illus. by Rosemary Wells. Hyperion, 2001. 3-6 yrs.
For her grandmother's birthday, Yoko lovingly sends origami paper cranes she folded herself to faraway Japan.

Wright, Betty Ren. The Blizzard; illus. by Ronald Himler. Holiday House, 2003. 4-7 yrs.
Billy is disappointed when a blizzard prevents his relatives from being able to visit him for his birthday, but his feelings change when his teacher and classmates must spend the night at his house to wait out the storm.

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Older Favorites

Anderson, Lena. Stina's Visit. Greenwillow, 1991.
Cameron, Ann. Julian, Dream Doctor; illus. by Ann Strugnell.
Caseley, Judith. Slumber Party! Greenwillow, 1996.
Dorflinger, Carolyn. Tomorrow is Mom's Birthday; illus. by Iza Trapani. Whispering Coyote Press, 1994.
Goode, Diane. Mama's Perfect Present. Dutton, 1996.
Griffith, Helen V. How Many Candles?; illus. by Sonja Lamut. Greenwillow, 1999.
Heide, Florence Parry. Treehorn's Wish; illus. by Edward Gorey. Holiday House, 1984.
Hershenhorn, Esther. There Goes Lowell's Party!; illus. by Jacqueline Rogers. Holiday House, 1998.
Herzig, Alison Cragin and Jane Lawrence Mali. Thaddeus; illus. by Stephen Gammell. Little, Brown, 1984.
Hest, Amy. Gabby Growing Up; illus. by Amy Schwartz. Simon & Schuster, 1998.
Hest, Amy. Jamaica Louise James; illus. by Sheila White Samton. Candlewick Press, 1996.
Hest, Amy. Nana's Birthday Party; illus. by Amy Schwartz. Morrow Junior Books, 1993.
Hoban, Russell. A Birthday for Frances. Harper & Row, 1968.
Hughes, Shirley. Alfie and the Birthday Surprise. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1998.
Hughes, Shirley. Wheels: a Tale of Trotter Street. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1991.
Jolley, Mike. Grunter, a Pig with Attitude!; illus. by Deborah Allwright. Millbrook Press, 1999.
Jonas, Ann. The 13th Clue. Greenwillow, 1992.
Jonell, Lynne. It's My Birthday, Too!; illus. by Petra Mathers. Putnam, 1999.
Jorgensen, Gail. Gotcha!; illus. by Kerry Argent. Scholastic Press, 1997.
Lopez, Loretta. The Birthday Swap. Lee & Low Books, 1997.
Mora, Pat. Pablo's Tree; illus. by Cecily Lang. Macmillan, 1994.
Noll, Sally. Surprise! Greenwillow, 1997.
Quattlebaum, Mary. Aunt CeeCee, Aunt Belle, and Mama's Surprise; illus. by Michael Chesworth. Doubleday, 1999.
Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All : the Forteenth Book of Their Adventures; illus. by Suçie Stevenson. Bradbury Press, 1995.
Supraner, Robyn. Sam Sunday and the Mystery at the Ocean Beach Hotel; illus. by Will Hillenbrand. Viking, 1996.
Testa, Maria. Nine candles; illus. by Amanda Schaffer. Carolrhoda Books, 1996.
Watanabe, Shigeo. It's My Birthday; illus. Yasuo Ontomo. Philomel, 1988.
Wardlaw, Lee. Bow-wow Birthday; illus. by Arden Johnson-Petrov. Boyds Mills Press, 1998.
Wells, Rosemary. Edward in Deep Water. Dial, 1995.

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