The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Parties - March 2009

Selected and annotated by Jessica Titus

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Prom. Viking, 2005 Gr. 9-12
Ashley has no use for her Philadelphian high school prom until a teacher flees with the funds and someone has to save the day in this modern fairy tale.

Bailey, Linda. Stanley's Party; illus. by Bill Slavin. Kids Can, 2003. 6-9 yrs.
When his owners leave him home alone, Stanley tries out the sofa, the stereo, the fridge, and even hosts a wild party for his fellow dogs.

Bradley, Alex. 24 Girls in 7 Days. Dutton, 2005. Gr 7-12
Rejected by the prom date of his dreams, Jack scoffs at the idea that anyone will respond to a personal ad placed by his friends, Natalie and Percy. Then twenty-four girls respond and Jack has only seven days to figure out whom to take.

Chambers, Roland. The Rooftop Rocket Party; written and illus. by Roland Chambers. Porter/Roaring Brook, 2003. 4-7 yrs.
Dr. Gass might claim that the tanks on top of New York City buildings are only for water, but Finn knows they are rockets ready to jet him to Man in the Moon’s birthday party.

Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Annie Was Warned; written and illus. by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Knopf, 2003. 4-6 yrs.
Although her parents and older sisters warned her, Annie sets out to a haunted mansion on a dare. Perhaps a party lurks in the shadows.

Levithan, David, ed. 21 Proms; ed. by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft. Point/Scholastic, 2007. Gr. 7-10
As Rachel Cohn says, “High School proms are all alike; every unhappy couple is unhappy in its own way.” Find both the happy and the unhappy in this short story collection featuring twenty-one YA authors.

Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. Chicken Joy on the Redbean Road: A Bayou Country Romp; illus. by Melissa Sweet. Houghton, 2007. 5-8 yrs.
Blue-headed rooster lost his ability to crow and Mrs. Miser Vidrine decides the time for stew has come. Miss Cleoma hatches a plan, gathering musicians to restore the crow, vegetables for soup, and the neighborhood for a party.

Mass, Wendy. Leap Day. Little, 2004. Gr. 7-10
On her fourth official Leap Birthday, Josie turns sixteen takes a driving test, auditions for play, journeys down to the lake, and celebrates at a birthday party. Each chapter is split into two parts, half narrated by Josie and half by another character.

McDonald, Megan. Ant and Honey Bee: What a Pair!; illus. by G. Brian Karas. Candlewick, 2005. 5-8 yrs
Determined not to dress again as pilgrims, Ant and Honey Bee seek the perfect pair of outfits for Cricket's annual costume party.

Osa, Nancy. Cuba 15. Delacort, 2003. Gr. 7-10
Violet Paz comes from an animated Polish/Cuban family who loves weekend domino parties and lively music. Her fifteenth birthday signals the time for a Quinceanero, but Violet’s reluctant to embrace the festivities.

Pitchford, Dean. The Big One-Oh. Putnam, 2007. Gr.4-7
House of Horrors seems like the perfect theme for Charlie’s tenth birthday bash, not that anything goes as planned.

Reichert, Amy. While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat; illus by Alexandra Boiger. Jackson/Atheneum, 2005. 5-7 yrs.
Rose should be getting ready for bed while her mom's on the phone, but as the doorbell keeps chiming, how can she not let in partygoers, a magician, and a jazz band?

Smith, Anne Warren. Turkey Monster Thanksgiving. Whitman, 2003. Gr. 2-4
Thanksgiving can tricky, and not just because of the turkey. When her friend Claire claims pizza and pajamas is no way to celebrate, Katie steps into action, making lists and inviting guests. But a pizza party might not be such a bad idea.

Willems, Mo. I Am Invited to a Party!: An Elephant & Piggie Book; written and illus. by Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2007. Gr. K-1
Promising Piggie that he knows much about parties, Gerald suggests the pair dress for a fancy party, a pool party, and a costume party—all at once.

Wright, Betty Ren. The Blizzard; illus. by Ronald Himler. Holiday House, 2003. 4-7 yrs.
Billy believes it downright unlucky to have a December birthday. However, this year a blizzard traps Billy’s schoolmates at his house where a spontaneous celebration complete with cake, a snowball fight, and a sleepover takes place.