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Tea parties, dance parties, pizza parties, birthday parties…there’s a perfect party for everyone! With a mix of food, entertainment, music, decorations, and celebration, it’s hard to go wrong. Whether your kiddo already knows they love any type of party, or if your little one usually has to be bribed to attend, these books are sure to show how fun parties can be (or at least show that there’s usually cake and balloons)!

We recommend having a read-a-thon party with your favorite snacks, pjs, and blanketsto enjoy these party-themed books! That would make for a pretty fantastic time, don’t you agree?

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Top 10 Books About Parties

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Written by J. K. Rowling & illustrated by Mary GrandPré
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
The fourth title in the continuing saga includes Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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Ella Enchanted
Written by Gail Carson Levine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. At birth, Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at any time anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom--and she'll have to obey? Ella's quest to break the curse and discover who she really is, is both funny and poignant.
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Xander's Panda Party
Written by Linda Sue Park & illustrated by Matt Phelan
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Panda wants to have a party, but the guest list gets a little confusing! He learns about mammals, reptiles, and more as he tries to prepare for the perfect party. I love the illustrations in this book, and I like that it has some educational value about the animals while being very fun!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Xander's plan to host a panda party falls through, since he is the only panda at the zoo, but when he extends the invitation to all the bears, complications ensue. Includes an author's note about the international effort to save pandas from extinction. 40,000 first printing.
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Tea Rex
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
Beautiful illustrations and a cute story which tells of how to cost a polite tea party. The illustrations show that everything doesn't always go as planned when a T-Rex has been invited. The illustrations in this story are a 7, but the story just isn't quite there.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Some tea parties are for grown-ups. Some are for girls. But this tea party is for a very special guest. And it is important to follow some rules . . . like providing comfortable chairs, and good conversation, and yummy food. But sometimes that is not enough for special guests, especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . . Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!
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Little Friends: Happy Birthday
Written & illustrated by Roger Priddy
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Love this birthday-themed touch-and-feel book! This board book is perfect for toddlers who like a little more of a story, but there's the fun element of some texture inside, as well as a lift-the-flap on the last page. :) I really like how the texture in this book isn't just the same old--there are some ribbons on a party hat, some ridges in the icing on the cake, and some paper in the banner decorations for the party. I also love the colors and illustrations in this book.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Little Puppy is excited – it's his birthday, and all the Little Friends are coming to his party! This charmingly illustrated board book is filled with all the things that make a birthday so special, garlands and party hats, presents and cake, and most important of all friends to celebrate with. A delightful book to share with little ones on their special day, Happy Birthday has textures to touch, feel, and explore, as well as a big birthday surprise flap to lift.
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Cinderella
Written by Chloe Perkins & illustrated by Sandra Equihua
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This board book version of Cinderella is perfect for little hands that want to hear a condensed, but still detailed, version of the story of Cinderella and one of the best parties in fairytale history. :) There's a good amount of text in this board book, and the illustrations are stunning!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
The classic story of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Mexican spin on the beloved fairy tale! Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a little cottage with her stepmother and two stepsisters... The classic tale of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this debut title of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With Mexico as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from Mexican illustrator Sandra Equihua, Cinderella is still the same girl with a fairy godmother and a glass slipper—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.
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The Tea Party in the Woods
Written & illustrated by Akiko Miyakoshi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Kikko sets out after her father with a forgotten pie for Grandma. When she arrives at a strange house in the wintry woods, a peek in the window reveals that the footprints Kikko had been following did not belong to her father at all, but to a bear in a long coat and hat! Alice in Wonderland meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charmed tale.
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The Best Birthday Present Ever
Written & illustrated by Ben Mantle
Thoughts from Grammy
Who hasn't agonized over the perfect gift for a friend? Poor squirrel wants to find the absolute perfect gift for his friend bear. The animal characters are charming, the pacing is perfect. Ben Mantel is spot-on describing bear's opening of gifts and that anxious moment when bear opens squirrel's gift and hasn't commented. It is a wonderful thing to know a friend so well that you really can choose "The Best Birthday Present Ever!" It might even be that the real gift is friendship.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Squirrel is super excited: he’s been invited to Big Bear’s birthday party! Now he just has to find the perfect present for his friend—but what can you give a bear who already has EVERYTHING? Squirrel searches and searches and chooses . . . a stick! As Bear unwraps his stack of gifts Squirrel begins to worry: is it enough? But with a little imagination, and a good friend, even the simplest stick can become magical. This funny, heartwarming story of friendship is a great gift—and not just for bears!
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Miss Bunny's Shapes
Written & illustrated by Becky Baur
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Explore and identify shapes in this stylish lift-the-flap board book from a standout new artist. Miss Bunny is having a party . . . and you re invited. But what kind of party will it be? That s the fun mystery that will entertain toddlers as they learn all about shapes. Featuring ravishing rabbits in bold designs, this supercool board book has cool flaps to lift on every page.
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If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party
Written & illustrated by Jill Esbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
You never know what will happen when a "T. Rex" crashes your birthday party. Sure, you'll be super excited when he turns up. But then he ll stomp. He ll ROAR. He ll wonder how you taste with a little mustard. In the end, though, you may find yourself asking him to come back next year! This delightfully whimsical picture book has a fun twist kids will love."
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Books About Parties and Magic

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Ella Enchanted
Written by Gail Carson Levine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. At birth, Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at any time anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom--and she'll have to obey? Ella's quest to break the curse and discover who she really is, is both funny and poignant.
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Cinderella
Written by Chloe Perkins & illustrated by Sandra Equihua
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This board book version of Cinderella is perfect for little hands that want to hear a condensed, but still detailed, version of the story of Cinderella and one of the best parties in fairytale history. :) There's a good amount of text in this board book, and the illustrations are stunning!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
The classic story of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Mexican spin on the beloved fairy tale! Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a little cottage with her stepmother and two stepsisters... The classic tale of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this debut title of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With Mexico as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from Mexican illustrator Sandra Equihua, Cinderella is still the same girl with a fairy godmother and a glass slipper—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Written by J. K. Rowling & illustrated by Mary GrandPré
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
The fourth title in the continuing saga includes Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Honorable Mentions
Twinkle Thinks Pink! book
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Wild Fairies Daisy's Decorating Dilemma book
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Unicorn Day book
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Marigold Finds the Magic Words book
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  1. Twinkle Thinks Pink! - From the acclaimed author of the beloved Angelina Ballerina series comes the second delightful picture book about a feisty fairy who’s obsessed with the color pink! When Twinkle and her friends get invited to Fairy Godmother’s garden party, they can’t wait to wear their sparkly outfits and eat lots of fairy cake! They fly through Sparkle Tree Forest to take a peek at the rainbow roses in the palace. But as they admire the beautiful garden, Twinkle notices that her favorite color is missing! So, she closes her eyes, waves her wand, and casts a little spell to turn everything pink! With her magical pink spells going sideways and frustration running high, can Twinkle set everything right before the garden party is ruined?

  2. Wild Fairies Daisy's Decorating Dilemma - Meet the Wild Fairies, a group of magical fairy friends who love playing and learning in the beautiful and bountiful forest they call home. With their reliable critter companions always by their side, Daisy, Thistle, Heather, Celosia, Poppy, Dahlia, Indigo, and Lily care for the natural world around them using their unique and diverse set of special skills. Infused with ecology, botany, and magic, the wild fairies’ whimsical adventures will inspire in kids a sense of wonder and curiosity for nature, as well as inform them about the wildflowers and critters behind the fairies through young-reader friendly nonfiction pages in the back of each book. In the first installment of the Wild Fairies series, Daisy’s Decorating Dilemma, spring is in the air in Sugar Oak! Green buds grow on the trees, the temperature’s warm, and all of the fairies’ animal friends have come out to play. But before the fairies can smell the flowers and soak in the sun, they must plan the biggest party of the year—the Blossom Bash! Normally, Daisy would LOVE leading her fairy friends, but when each of the fairies has a different vision for the bash’s decorations, she’s left stumped. Thistle wants thistle flowers! Dahlia wants dahlias! And Poppy wants LOTS of red. Daisy has a difficult decision to make, and with first bloom right around the corner, she better decide fast.

  3. Unicorn Day - Hooray! Hooray! It’s Unicorn Day! When unicorns come out to play. The most important rule of Unicorn Day is to have fun, fun, fun! The unicorns are celebrating their favorite day of the year, complete with rainbows, cupcakes, butterflies, and all sorts of joyful things. But when it’s revealed there’s an impostor in their midst, the party comes to a screeching halt… Will the unicorns welcome all and continue their fun in all its glittery glory? A clever, colorful, and over-the-top picture book about unicorns, celebrations, and most importantly, friendship.

  4. Marigold Finds the Magic Words - In his second starring role, Marigold, the fussy cat with a comically short fuse, sees his birthday party upended by a group of party-crashing birds, with hilarious results — and a lesson in “please” and “thank you.” For fans of the Don’t Let the Pigeon series! Marigold is throwing himself the most amazing birthday party ever! He’s baked himself an enormous birthday cake and planned everything well in advance. Everyone is ready for something extraordinary. Something…magical! But when Marigold tries to make a bouquet of flowers disappear, a pesky finch appears in its place. That’s not right at all! At every turn, Marigold’s magic trick gets derailed until the distractions are too much to bear, and Marigold launches into a full-on feline frenzy, making everything–and everyone–disappear. What magic words can save the day?

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Books About Parties and Imagination And Play

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Tea Rex
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
Beautiful illustrations and a cute story which tells of how to cost a polite tea party. The illustrations show that everything doesn't always go as planned when a T-Rex has been invited. The illustrations in this story are a 7, but the story just isn't quite there.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Some tea parties are for grown-ups. Some are for girls. But this tea party is for a very special guest. And it is important to follow some rules . . . like providing comfortable chairs, and good conversation, and yummy food. But sometimes that is not enough for special guests, especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . . Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!
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Lulu's Party
Written & illustrated by Kit Chase
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
All about being a good friend, making the best of situations and problem solving, this book is incredibly sweet and delightful. I love that one crucial part of the story is told ONLY with illustrations, giving parents and children the opportunity to dive in past just the words to uncover the full story. I'm also a huge fan of how the friends politely say nothing about how yucky the "special treat" tastes until their host acknowledges it, but then work together to create a new treat to help their friend feel better.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Follow-up to Kit Chase’s popular and utterly charming debut, Oliver’s Tree, starring Lulu, Charlie, and Oliver The weather is stormy and Lulu is disappointed that she can’t play outside, so she makes a special Rainy Day Treat and plans the perfect party for her friends Oliver and Charlie. But when it’s time to taste the creamy hot chocolate, they quickly realize something went very wrong. Lulu is devastated that her party is ruined, but with some quick-thinking, Charlie and Oliver figure out a delicious solution to save the day! Kit Chase offers a sweet ode to friendship in this tale of three best friends who are always ready to use their imaginations and help each other out.
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Baby Loves to Party!
Written & illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Have a blast with baby in this party-time companion to the hit board books Baby Loves to Rock! and Baby Loves to Boogie! The baboons blow up the balloons, and the lemurs hang the streamers. The snake bakes a cake, and the pheasants wrap some presents. But who is ready to party? With playful illustrations, funny puns, and rhymes about a crew of critters bringing down the house, this energetic and adorable story from the rock star creator of Baby Loves to Rock! and Baby Loves to Boogie! is sure to please party animals of all ages!
Honorable Mentions
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles book
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The Backwards Birthday Party book
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Let's Have a Dog Party book
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Dress Up and Let's Have a Party book
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  1. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles - A message in a bottle holds the promise of surprise and wonder, as told in this enthralling picture book by Caldecott Medalist Erin E. Stead The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, who lives alone atop a hill, has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. He loves his job, though he has always wished that, someday, one of the letters would be addressed to him. One day he opens a party invitation—but there’s no name attached. As he devotes himself to the mystery of the intended recipient, he ends up finding something even more special: the possibility of new friends.

  2. The Backwards Birthday Party - Have a happy birthday—the backwards way! Full of fun and based on the hit song from Tom Chapin and John Forster, this is a celebratory birthday bash like no other. Put your clothes on inside out, heat up the ice cream, and hang on to your party hats—because everything’s out of whack at the backwards birthday party! From beloved, three-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Tom Chapin, four-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Forster, and with stunning illustrations from Chuck Groenink comes the zaniest birthday party you’ll ever attend.

  3. Let's Have a Dog Party - A sparkling debut that celebrates friendship and encourages empathy, starring a lovable dog. Kate and Frank are best friends. To celebrate Frank’s birthday, Kate throws him a party with all her favorite things: lots of friends, dancing in circles, loud singing, and sparkly confetti everywhere. But best friends don’t always have the same taste in parties. Frank prefers quiet, sun-drenched naps on his favorite rug. So he hides. Kate must find a way to bring Frank back to the party—on his terms. This tender debut picture book by Mikela Prevost is a fresh take on the classic birthday-party story and one that encourages empathy and the art of listening.

  4. Dress Up and Let's Have a Party - John puts a pot on his head while his mother bakes a cake. The next thing we know, he invites his friends over for a costume party. What will they wear? With each page turn, we wait to see. Vera arrives tangled up in string, a “meatball covered in spaghetti.” And Sarah, as a mountain, inching across the floor under a carpet. First published in 1956, Dress Up and Let’s Have a Party is a pleasing and thought-provoking book about impulse and ingenuity.

Books About Parties and Animals

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You Must Bring a Hat!
Written by Simon Philip & illustrated by Kate Hindley
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
As increasingly ridiculous and ludicrous situations unfold based on one seemingly innocuous directive in a party invitation (You must bring a hat!) the story gets increasingly humorous and enjoyable. Good illustrations and fun premise!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
“You are cordially invited to the BIGGEST, BESTEST, HATTIEST party of all time!” Come join the fun—but only if you have a hat. AND you know the entry rules. Unfortunately, there seems to be a surprising number of those, as a young boy discovers. Will he—and the cool collection of animals he befriends along the way—ever get in? Gloriously illustrated, the art contains loads of details that serve as clues to the satisfying surprise ending. Kids will read this thoroughly hilarious cumulative picture book again and again!
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The Party and Other Stories
Written & illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Fox and Chick don't always agree. But Fox and Chick are always friends. With sly humor and companionable warmth, Sergio Ruzzier deftly captures the adventures of these two seemingly opposite friends. The luminous watercolor images showcased in comic-book panel form will entice emerging readers, while the spare text and airiness of the images make this early chapter book accessible to a picture book audience as well.
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If You Give a Pig a Party
Written by Laura Numeroff & illustrated by Felicia Bond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
If you give a pig a party,she's going to ask for someballoons. When you give her the balloons, she'll want to decorate the house. When she's finished, she'll put on her favorite dress. Then she'll call all her friends -- Mouse, Moose, and more. The little pig from If You Give a Pig a Pancake is back, and this time she wants to throw a great big party! Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond have created another winning story for this beloved character in the tradition of the best-selling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Honorable Mentions
The Mouse House book
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Maisy Dresses Up book
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Happy Birthday book
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The Mystery of the Missing Cake book
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  1. The Mouse House - Excitedly attending her friend’s birthday party, Sophie becomes jealous when her friend receives a mouse house, a gift Sophie has always wanted.

  2. Maisy Dresses Up - Fun, excitement and colorful costumes aplenty as Maisy and her friends get ready for a party. Join the adorable little mouse and her friends book, introducing the very young to the appealing world of Maisy. In Maisy Dresses Up, Maisy has been invited to Tallulah’s fancy-dress party, but what should she dress up as?

  3. Happy Birthday - Balloons, treats, and gifts: someone must be having a happy birthday in this fun board book! Something exciting is happening here Adorable animals are baking a BIG cake, decorating the room, and wrapping presents. Plus, Jack Rabbit’s practicing his magic and the monkey band is getting into the swing of things. What could it be? It’s a surprise birthday party! Kids will happily join the festivities in this vibrantly illustrated, delightful story.

  4. The Mystery of the Missing Cake - “Donkey has invited Harold to his party, but all is not what it seems when the birthday cake disappears! Everyone is a prime suspect in The Mystery of the Missing Cake! But can Harold piece together the clues to solve the case and save the party?”—Page [4] of cover.

Books About Parties and Holidays

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Little Friends: Happy Birthday
Written & illustrated by Roger Priddy
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Love this birthday-themed touch-and-feel book! This board book is perfect for toddlers who like a little more of a story, but there's the fun element of some texture inside, as well as a lift-the-flap on the last page. :) I really like how the texture in this book isn't just the same old--there are some ribbons on a party hat, some ridges in the icing on the cake, and some paper in the banner decorations for the party. I also love the colors and illustrations in this book.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Little Puppy is excited – it's his birthday, and all the Little Friends are coming to his party! This charmingly illustrated board book is filled with all the things that make a birthday so special, garlands and party hats, presents and cake, and most important of all friends to celebrate with. A delightful book to share with little ones on their special day, Happy Birthday has textures to touch, feel, and explore, as well as a big birthday surprise flap to lift.
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If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party
Written & illustrated by Jill Esbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
You never know what will happen when a "T. Rex" crashes your birthday party. Sure, you'll be super excited when he turns up. But then he ll stomp. He ll ROAR. He ll wonder how you taste with a little mustard. In the end, though, you may find yourself asking him to come back next year! This delightfully whimsical picture book has a fun twist kids will love."
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Snowmen at Christmas
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Snowmen at Night shared with us the magical, slip-sliding adventures of snowmen after dark . . . but have you ever wondered what snowmen do for Christmas? Well, now’s your chance to find out! The snowmen are back, and this time they’re celebrating Christmas—the snowman way! This snappy and entertaining companion to the New York Times bestseller Snowmen at Night depicts all the best parts of the holiday, replete with icy treats and a snowman Kris Kringle. Told in the same bouncy verse as the original, Snowmen at Christmas is perfect for a snowy evening read-aloud.
Honorable Mentions
The Night Before My Birthday book
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Possum's Harvest Moon book
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Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle book
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Party! book
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  1. The Night Before My Birthday - In rhyming text based on “The Night Before Christmas,” a child is filled with excitement and anticipation while helping with preparations for the next day’s birthday party, and even an ice cream emergency cannot spoil the day.

  2. Possum's Harvest Moon - When Possum wakes up one evening and sees the full harvest moon, he decides to throw one last party before the long winter. But everyone is too busy preparing for winter and it looks as if nobody will come to Possum’s party.

  3. Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle - Penny Paisley holds a party to present the family “Christmas Jar”—a jar in which her family has been saving spare change throughout the year—to an ailing neighbor, Grandpa Charlie.

  4. Party! - A child helps to choose a theme for his party and prepare for the big event.

Books About Parties and Bears

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Xander's Panda Party
Written by Linda Sue Park & illustrated by Matt Phelan
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Panda wants to have a party, but the guest list gets a little confusing! He learns about mammals, reptiles, and more as he tries to prepare for the perfect party. I love the illustrations in this book, and I like that it has some educational value about the animals while being very fun!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Xander's plan to host a panda party falls through, since he is the only panda at the zoo, but when he extends the invitation to all the bears, complications ensue. Includes an author's note about the international effort to save pandas from extinction. 40,000 first printing.
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The Best Birthday Present Ever
Written & illustrated by Ben Mantle
Thoughts from Grammy
Who hasn't agonized over the perfect gift for a friend? Poor squirrel wants to find the absolute perfect gift for his friend bear. The animal characters are charming, the pacing is perfect. Ben Mantel is spot-on describing bear's opening of gifts and that anxious moment when bear opens squirrel's gift and hasn't commented. It is a wonderful thing to know a friend so well that you really can choose "The Best Birthday Present Ever!" It might even be that the real gift is friendship.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Squirrel is super excited: he’s been invited to Big Bear’s birthday party! Now he just has to find the perfect present for his friend—but what can you give a bear who already has EVERYTHING? Squirrel searches and searches and chooses . . . a stick! As Bear unwraps his stack of gifts Squirrel begins to worry: is it enough? But with a little imagination, and a good friend, even the simplest stick can become magical. This funny, heartwarming story of friendship is a great gift—and not just for bears!
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Bat to the Bone
Written by Marcie Colleen & illustrated by Steve James
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
The bat-only punk rock band, Flying Blind, has a dedicated following of thousands of bats--their screechy sound really meshes with sonar hearing. While on tour to expand its fan base, Flying Blind stops at the Grumpy Woods for midnight performances. Soon tons of bat fans are keeping everyone awake at night! But when the bears start jamming with the band, its sound changes, driving away their early followers. This time it's Opal Owl who saves the day--and returns some peace and quiet to the woods. Illustrated in full color!
Honorable Mentions
Going Nuts book
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Staying a Hive book
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The Teddy Bear Book book
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Tea Party Rules book
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  1. Going Nuts - The fourth book in a funny chapter book series filled with full color illustrations and adorable animals! The squirrels of the Grumpy Woods have finally finished gathering their nuts for winter, when the Super Happy Party Bears find their stash…and eat the whole thing. To make it up to them, the bears show the squirrels another hoard they’ve found―one that belongs to the chipmunks! Suddenly, the bears’ huge appetite has caused an all-out civil war between two rival nut hoarders: the Puffy Cheeks (the chipmunks) and the Twitchy Tails (the squirrels). Can the bears prevent the Grumpy Woods from getting too nutty?

  2. Staying a Hive - The third book in a funny chapter book series filled with full color illustrations and adorable animals! When Queen Beetrice and her beehive opens for business in the Grumpy Woods, the Super Happy Party Bears are excited—they LOVE honey! But the other Grumpy Woods residents are very unhappy with all the noisy buzzing going on, and they boycott the bees! Too much sugar sends the bears into early hibernation and soon the woods are overflowing with uneaten honey. The townscritters need a fast solution to the sticky situation—and so they decide to throw an Un-Slumber Party to wake those bears up!

  3. The Teddy Bear Book - From the author and illustrator team who brought us the best-selling The Tea Party Book, here’s a charming collection of teddy bear-inspired crafts and activities. This warm fuzzy of a book, is bursting at the seams with sensational yet simple ideas for making teddy bears, growing a teddy bear garden, throwing a teddy bear party, and designing teddy bear t-shirts and jewelry. An enchanting gift book for children of all ages.

  4. Tea Party Rules - An award-winning book by a New York Times bestselling author! When he follows his nose through the woods, Cub discovers a backyard tea party…with cookies! He is just about to dig in when the hostess of the tea party shows up. And she has several strong opinions on how Tea Party must be played. Cub tries to follow her rules . . . but just how much can one bear take, even for cookies? A laugh-out-loud funny look at the required give-and-take of playtime, Tea Party Rules is an eventual friendship story that will delight grubby cubs, fancy girls, and cookie lovers everywhere.

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Books About Parties and First Concepts

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Miss Bunny's Shapes
Written & illustrated by Becky Baur
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Explore and identify shapes in this stylish lift-the-flap board book from a standout new artist. Miss Bunny is having a party . . . and you re invited. But what kind of party will it be? That s the fun mystery that will entertain toddlers as they learn all about shapes. Featuring ravishing rabbits in bold designs, this supercool board book has cool flaps to lift on every page.
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Out of Shapes
Written & illustrated by Ashley G.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
In this charming board book little ones will love seeing how just a few shapes make up all of their favorite things—from a rocket ship, to a kitty cat, to a friend, and beyond! What can you make out of a triangle, a circle, a square, and a rectangle? Almost anything! In this delightful board book, artist Ashley G. takes the concept of shapes and makes it fun! Little ones will see how different shapes become a home, a kitty, a friend, a gift, and much, much more! This bright, artistic board book is perfect little hands.
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Snowmen at Halloween
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
The snowmen are getting their Halloween costumes ready for the latest picture book in this New York Times bestselling series. Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do when we're not watching? After an early snowfall, a few kids build some snowmen before going trick-or-treating. And when the kids go off to bed, the snowmen have their own Halloween festival! There's candy and apple-bobbing and costume contests and all sorts of autumn activities. When the kids wake up the next morning, the snowmen are gone... but they've left a very special message behind.
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Hello Red Fox book
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Baby Party book
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  1. Hello Red Fox - In this imaginative book, Eric Carle invites young readers to discover complementary colors while enjoying the amusing story of Little Frog and his colorful friends. It’s Little Frog’s birthday, and Mama Frog gets a big surprise when the guests show up for his party—all the animals are the wrong color! Little Frog tells her she’s not looking long enough, and he’s right.

  2. Baby Party - “Clap for the babies! It’s a baby party! Clap for the baby wearing a triangle!” Clap for the babies sharing a toy or a smooch!

Books About Parties and Tea

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The Tea Party in the Woods
Written & illustrated by Akiko Miyakoshi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Kikko sets out after her father with a forgotten pie for Grandma. When she arrives at a strange house in the wintry woods, a peek in the window reveals that the footprints Kikko had been following did not belong to her father at all, but to a bear in a long coat and hat! Alice in Wonderland meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charmed tale.
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The Tea Party Book
Written by Lucille Recht Penner & illustrated by Jody Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Illus. in full color. Little girls will be inspired to have tea parties with this guide to the art of the tea party. Brimming with simple menus, kid-pleasing recipes, and lovely decoration and favor ideas, each party has a theme--from valentine and teddy-bear teas to rainy-day and garden teas.
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Miss Spider's Tea Party
Written & illustrated by David Kirk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF A BELOVED CHILDREN'S CLASSIC: In 1992, master toymaker, storyteller, and painter David Kirk created Miss Spider for his young daughter, Violet. Her fascination with the bug world and nature inspired him to create a story about a lonely spider who triumphs over rejection and fear through her goodness and love. Miss Spider's Tea Party became an immediate bestseller and launched a book series that sold more than five million copies in twelve languages. "So why do insects run away, As they catch sight of me, When all that I am trying to do, Is ask them in for tea?" So wonders a solitary Miss Spider, unaware that her fellow bugs, terribly afraid of a creature so seemingly different, dare not even consider attending her party. Until, as events unfold, they see how gracious a spider she really is. For this story, his first picture book, David Kirk created 35 arresting paintings and original verse about an enticing arachnid and a host of other many-legged creatures. Readers of all ages can't help cheering for Miss Spider in this engaging tale that may also be read as a counting book. Honors: Parenting magazine Best Book of the Year; National Parenting Publications Honor Book; Parents' Choice Award-winner. Miss Spider and her family have won the hearts of children with their life-affirming outlook for a quarter of a century now. This gorgeous new edition of Miss Spider's Tea Party celebrates Miss Spider's success and welcomes the next generation of young readers.
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Dollop and Mrs. Fabulous book
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Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party book
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  1. Dollop and Mrs. Fabulous - Make way for bunny Dollop and her sister, Lily (otherwise known as Mrs. Fabulous), in this rib-tickling sibling story by the popular creator of Chick ‘N’ Pug.

  2. Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party - “There’s a party at Mr. Pumpkin’s tonight. A banquet with friends in the autumn twilight. And at this soiree we’ll see and we’ll find ghoulish delights of every kind.” You are cordially invited to Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party—a delightfully quirky twist on a counting book, incorporating gorgeous, deep-hued watercolor illustrations, as well as spooky elements and unique characters at an unexpectedly charming tea party. A perfect read for when there is a crisp chill in the air.

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Books About Parties and Feelings And Emotions

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Because of Winn-Dixie
Written & illustrated by Kate DiCamillo
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie. Featuring a new cover illustration by E. B. Lewis.
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Bernice Gets Carried Away
Written & illustrated by Hannah Harrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Perfect for a new generation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day readers, this charming story about a grumpy cat gently shows how far a little sharing can go. Bernice is having a truly rotten time at her friend's birthday party. First, everyone else gets a piece of cake with a frosting rose. But not Bernice. Then, everyone else gets strawberry-melon soda. Bernice gets the prune-grapefruit juice. And it's warm. The last straw is the one lousy (squished) candy she gets from the piñata. So when the balloons arrive, Bernice knows just what she has to do: grab them all. And then, poor cross Bernice gets carried up, up, and away. Luckily, she figures out just how to make her way back down to the party...and she brightens lots of other animals' days on her way. Hannah Harrison’s gorgeous animal paintings come alive in her second picture book. Her “exceptionally polished” debut, Extraordinary Jane, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and School Library Journal.
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Lizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy Day
Written by Sarah Weeks & illustrated by Lee Wildish
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Lizzy McTizzy can’t find her shoe! She’s late for the party, but what can she do? Lizzy will stop at nothing to find her missing shoe! Whether she’s swinging from the chandelier or looking under the cat, Lizzy is determined to find it in time for the party. After all, she needs two matching shoes . . . or does she? Join Lizzy as she learns that being yourself is the best accessory of all!
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Bear Snores On book
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The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree book
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Bremner & the Party book
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Much Too Much Birthday book
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  1. Bear Snores On - In a cave in the woods, in his deep, dark lair, through the long, cold winter sleeps a great brown bear.

  2. The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree - When Cousin Fred accidentally damages Brother’s brand-new bike,Brother Bear is angry. Can Sister Bear help him see that forgiving hisfriend is the right thing to do?

  3. Bremner & the Party - Brand new picture books from Ripley’s feature fun and engaging stories around two favorite Ripley’s Aquarium mascots—Sharkee the sand tiger shark and Bremner the pufferfish. Filled with expressive illustrations, silly situations, and lovable characters, kids and parents alike will be enchanted by each of these charming “tails”! Bremner the pufferfish is going to a party. Tonight. Gulp! And he’s nervous. And he knows what happens when he gets nervous. He puffs up. And he definitely doesn’t want to puff up. Children and parents alike will laugh their way through Bremner’s nervous dialogue as he goes off the deep end before joining the party. Will Bremner puff up and ruin the celebration? There’s only one way to find out!

  4. Much Too Much Birthday - Maud the koala can’t wait for her birthday party–until everything starts to feel way too overwhelming. Maud is having a birthday party in her backyard, and she’s invited her friends–all fifty-six of them–to celebrate with her. She’s not worried, though. After all, you can never have too much birthday! But when the guests arrive and the party gets packed, she isn’t so sure. What will happen if Maud can’t bear her own birthday?

Books About Parties and Food

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Dragons Love Tacos
Written by Adam Rubin & illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.
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Happy Birthday, Cupcake!
Written & illustrated by Terry Border
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
From the creator of Peanut Butter & Cupcake comes a birthday book starring everyone’s favorite dessert! 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: Soup gets seasick; Donut melts in the sun; someome might get squashed during musical chairs; and Cupcake is not very good at limbo (her icing might get sliced off!). Just as Cupcake is ready to crumble, Blueberry Muffin has one last idea that just might save the day. With laugh-out-loud visual gags (like a band made up of beans–the musical fruit, of course), this book is sure to put a birthday smile on any kid’s face (and on adult faces as well).
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A Hungry Lion, Or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
Written & illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains.
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Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter book
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Yasmin the Chef book
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Sweet Success book
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Secret Pizza Party book
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  1. Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter - In the fourth chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series, Prince Charming faces his greatest challenge yet: a fancy party. Prince Carlos Charles Charming isn’t the princeliest of princes. But he might be the funniest. Unfortunately, being hilarious won’t help much at a birthday party thrown by an evil queen with no sense of humor. And if Carlos, his pet dragon, and his friend Pinky don’t bring the right presents and fail to dance perfectly, the evil queen might declare war. Can Carlos and his friends keep the party from turning into a disaster? Who are we kidding? The real question is: After starting a food fight, can they save their kingdom? Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter is for every kid who worries about how to survive their next party. An Imprint Book

  2. Yasmin the Chef - Yasmin’s family is hosting a big party, but Yasmin is worried that the traditional food her family is cooking is too spicy—so her family challenges Yasmin to come up with a dish of her own.

  3. Sweet Success - Fans of Terry Border and Drew Daywalt will devour this punny and clay-ful picture book from the husband-and-wife duo behind the “Cuddles and Rage” webcomic. Nothing makes Scoops happier than starting a sweet new project. She just isn’t the best at completing them. So when she realizes that the Cherry twins’ surprise birthday bash is today and that she never finished making their special present, she waffles about whether to go. Scoops quickly throws something together and heads to the party—only to find that her gift doesn’t quite measure up. Will Scoops play it cool and figure something out . . . or will she have a complete meltdown?

  4. Secret Pizza Party - While Raccoon is eating pizza at his secret pizza party, he sees a masquerade party going on in the house next door and joins the fun. By the New York Times best-selling creators of Dragons Love Tacos!

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Books About Parties and Family

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We Are Party People
Written by Leslie Margolis
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14
In this middle-grade contemporary novel, a shy girl with party-planner parents learns that stepping out of her comfort zone might not be so scary after all. "I am the opposite of a mermaid and that’s exactly the way I like it." Shy and quiet, Pixie Jones does everything she can to fade into the background. All she wants is to survive middle school without being noticed. Meanwhile, her parents own the best party-planning business in town. They thrive on attention, love being experts in fun, and throw themselves into party personas, dressing as pirates, princes, mermaids, and more. When her mom leaves town indefinitely and her new friend Sophie decides to run for class president, Pixie finds herself way too close to the spotlight. How far is she willing to go to help the people she loves? Sweet, brave, and laugh-out-loud funny, We Are Party People by Leslie Margolis is a story of quiet triumph. Also by Leslie Margolis: We Are Party People Ghosted Praise for We Are Party People: “The strongest chapters are the lively accounts of how Pixie and Dan organize and run parties without Mom . . . Middle school angst tempered by humorous insights.” —Kirkus Reviews “Pixie’s first-person perspective is endearing . . . Give this to fans of gentle, realistic fiction. A solid purchase.” —School Library Journal “Pixie’s friends, Lola and Sophie, provide an excellent example of what good friends should be, and their relationship will show young readers that good friends help and support each other . . . A fun, fast-paced read.” —Booklist “Shy middle schoolers who tend to downplay their talents will find inspiration to be brave?and maybe ideas for planning an amazing party as well.” —VOYA
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Happy Birthday, Little Pookie
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Wake up and celebrate Little Pookie’s big day in this way-too-early board book from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton. Is that you, little Pookie? It’s not even light. You ought to be sleeping. Look outside. It’s still night. But it’s my birthday! Birthday! Birthday! Pookie can’t wait to celebrate! There’s only one problem: It’s still nighttime and everyone is asleep. With Sandra Boynton’s signature charm and piggy pizzazz, this surprising (yawn) story proves that every Little Pookie loves birthdays…even before daybreak!
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The Hula Hoopin' Queen
Written by Thelma Lynne Godin & illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10
A spunky girl has a hula-hooping competition with her friends in Harlem, and soon everyone in the neighborhood—young and old alike—joins in on the fun. Kameeka is confident that today she will finally beat her rival, Jamara, and become the Hula-Hoopin’ Queen of 139th Street. But then Mama reminds her that today is their neighbor Miz Adeline’s birthday, and Kameeka has a ton of chores to do to get ready for the party they are hosting. Kameeka’s disappointed to be stuck at home and can only think about the hoopin’ competition. Distracted, Kameeka accidentally ruins Miz Adeline’s birthday cake, and has to confess to her that there won’t be a cake for her special day. But then Miz Adeline’s confesses something too: she’s also got the itch—the hula-hoopin’ itch! Her fingers start snappin’. Her hips start swingin’. Soon everyone’s hips are swinging as the party spills out onto the street. The whole neighborhood’s got the itch—the hula-hoopin’ itch! With vibrant illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, *The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen* is a charming celebration of family and community ties. Set in Harlem, this intergenerational story shows the importance of staying young at heart.
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Dance at Grandpa's book
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  1. Dance at Grandpa's - With the My First Little House picture book series, the youngest readers can share in the joy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books in these illustrated adaptations of the beloved series! Laura, Pa, Ma, Mary, and baby Carrie are going to a party at Grandpa and Grandma’s house! There’s music, dancing, yummy food, and great company. It’s the best party Laura’s ever been to! Renee Graef’s illustrations are based on Garth Williams’ classic artwork.

  2. Happy New Year, Spot! - Ring in the new year with this festive board book featuring everyone’s favorite puppy! Spot isn’t old enough to stay up until midnight, but he finds a way to celebrate the New Year early with his family. Bring your party hats and noisemakers as you join Spot in celebrating the new year!

Books About Parties and Cats

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Where's the Party?
Written & illustrated by Ruth Chan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Georgie the cat loves to throw parties but this time, not one of his friends can come.
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Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party
Written by James Dean & illustrated by Kimberly Dean and James Dean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A groovy New York Times bestseller! From the bestselling Pete the Cat series, it’s a groovy pizza party that you don’t want to miss! It’s a party, a party, a perfect pizza party! That’s what Pete thinks as he piles the pie high with his favorite topping—pepperoni. But then his friends come over and add their own toppings to the pizza. Will Pete’s perfect pizza be ruined? There’s only one way to find out! In this hardcover picture book full of fun alliteration and tasty foods by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Kimberly and James Dean, Pete and the gang learn that the best kind of pizza is one you share with your friends.
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Birthday
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
A Swiss classic back in print! <p/>Beloved illustrator Hans Fischer's captivating story--about Old Lisette and her many animals that throw a surprise birthday party for her--has charmed generations of children. <p/>When Lisette goes to the village on her birthday, her dog, Bello, and the other animals get to work. The cats bake a cake, the chickens lay extra eggs, the goat picks flowers for the birthday table, and the rabbits find seventy-six candles. When Lisette returns in the evening, she is surprised by the animals welcoming her to a festive table. After the meal, Bello put on a play for Lisette, and the ducks organize a party on the pond. But the highlight of the party is the most beautiful birthday surprise: the cats, Mauli and Ruli, proudly show Lisette their new baby kittens. <p/>Fischer's inimitable lines and colorful palette make this birthday celebration one to remember.
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It's a Secret! book
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Skippyjon Jones book
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Abuela's Birthday book
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  1. It's a Secret! - One evening Marie Elaine and her neighbor Norman go with Malcolm the cat to a secret place, where they dance and party with the Queen of the Cats.

  2. Skippyjon Jones - Holy guacamole! Skippyjon Jones is 10 years old! He’s fearless, he’s fun, he’s a hero to all! Enjoy a special edition of the book that launched a thousand Chimichangoes with a note from author Judy Schachner about how the character came into being. There’s a photo of the real Skippyjon Jones, and even a reversible jacket with El Skippito in his mask-ito on the other side. So hold on to your mice and beans – this book is the fiesta you’ve been waiting for!

  3. Abuela's Birthday - Sofia and her cousins are making a piänata for their grandmother’s birthday party, but when Bella the cat gets involved chaos ensues.

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Books About Parties and Easy Readers

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Nate the Great and the Missing Birthday Snake
Written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Andrew Sharmat & illustrated by Jody Wheeler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
"Join the world’s greatest detective, Nate the Great, as he solves the mystery of his friend’s missing pet snake! Perfect for beginning readers and the Common Core, this long-running chapter book series will encourage children to problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! WILL THIS CASE SLITHER AWAY? Rosamond is having a birthday party for her cousin Lizzy! Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, are invited. So are Lizzy’s four pet snakes. Nate believes that a good detective knows his limits. Nate does not want to go to a birthday party filled with dangerous, slimy guests. But when one of these “guests” goes missing, Nate and Sludge must face their fears to save the day! "
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Happy Pig Day!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Happy Pig Day! Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year! But will Gerald the Elephant be included in the festivities? Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a heartfelt story about celebrating the special occasions in life. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will want to join the party!
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Masha and the Bear: Reader #2
Written & illustrated by Lauren Forte
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
An exciting leveled reader featuring Masha and the Bear! After the Bear's birthday, Masha gets excited about her own special day—and all of the presents she'll get. But when her birthday finally arrives, she can't find her friends. Where are they? Did they forget?!
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Red, White, and Blue and Katie Woo! book
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Katie's Lucky Birthday book
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Madeline’s Tea Party book
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Party Pigs! book
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  1. Red, White, and Blue and Katie Woo! - As Katie, her parents, and friends celebrate Independence Day with a parade, games, a picnic, and fireworks, the few things that go wrong do not interfere with their fun.

  2. Katie's Lucky Birthday - Katie looks forward to celebrating her birthday at school, and then finds a way to make it even more special when her friend Pedro mentions that he has a summer birthday.

  3. Madeline’s Tea Party - In this story, Madeline hosts a fabulously dainty tea party. Her naughty friend Pepito makes an appearance as well, and havoc ensues! This easy-to-read book is written in rhyme, and there are full-color illustrations throughout in the same charming style as the original Madeline books.

  4. Party Pigs! - Put on your party hat because these pigs have a plan, and it’s a plan filled with big, pig fun. This Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read is perfect for beginning readers who like a side of silly with their stories! Pigs slurp. Pigs chomp. Pigs burp. Pigs romp. In this sweet, silly rhymed story a pack of adventurous pigs throws a big, pig party!

Books About Parties and Social Themes

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Cake
Written & illustrated by Sue Hendra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
In the tradition of I Want My Hat Back, this delicious story from Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet tells the story of a cake who’s about to attend his very first party—but he has no idea what’s coming! Cake has been invited to his very first birthday party! He buys just the right outfit—including the PERFECT hat. But as the candles on his perfect party hat begin to burn, and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he’d rather not be at…
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Two Speckled Eggs
Written & illustrated by Jennifer K Mann
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Reluctantly inviting the class misfit to her birthday party, Ginger bonds with Lyla when the latter arrives early, supports her party choices and gives her a unique gift, an encounter that compels Ginger to reconsider earlier notions.
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Big Red Lollipop
Written by Rukhsana Khan & illustrated by Sophie Blackall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can't convince Ami that you just don't bring your younger sister to your friend's party. So both girls go, and not only does Sana demand to win every game, but after the party she steals Rubina's prized party favor, a red lollipop. What's a fed-up big sister to do?
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Lily's Cat Mask book
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Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo book
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  1. Lily's Cat Mask - Armed with a vivid imagination and her trusty cat mask, Lily can take on anything–even a new school… But when her teacher tells her no masks allowed in class, Lily worries, can she make friends without it? Anyone who has been daunted by a new experience, or struggled to put on a good face, will relate to Lily. Whimsical art brings Lily, her father, and her new classmates to life, with text that begs to be read aloud. Perfect for Father’s Day, back to school, and even Halloween–Lily and her grinning cat mask are sure to make you smile back.

  2. Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo - That meanie Lewis always teases Gilbert. So why would Lewis invite Gilbert to his birthday party? Gilbert goes to the party armed with a cheerful grin, a brightly wrapped package–and a plan to get even for Lewis’s rotten behavior. But this birthday has a much bigger surprise in store for Gilbert… Join the New York Times best–selling character Gilbert the opposum and his friends and family in this heartwarming picture book about birthdays, bullies, and doing the right thing. Ages: 4–8

Books About Parties and Friendship

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A Letter to Amy
Written by Ezra Jack Keats
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Generations of children have read, re-read, and loved Ezra Jack Keats's award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends. Now, for the first time, _Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy_, and _Goggles!_ are available in paperback exclusively from Puffin. "A master of ingenious collages, Keats has made brilliant variegated pictures."—_The Horn Book _Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was the beloved author and/or illustrator of more than eighty-five books for children.
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Wakey, Wakey, Elephant!
Written by Linda Ravin Lodding & illustrated by Michael Robertson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
A tickly feather. Roosters crowing. Even a marching band. Will ANYTHING wake Elephant? How do you make a snoozing, sleepyhead Elephant get up? Edgar tries everything, from putting a silly hat on Elephant's head to dancing a cha-cha on the bed. Nothing works . . . until Edgar whispers something very special in his friend's ear. SURPRISE! It's Elephant's birthday--and he's ready to party. Lively, silly, and full of fun, this picture book is a joyful celebration.
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Sleepover Scientist #3
Written by Kelly Starling Lyons & illustrated by Nneka Myers and Vanessa Brantley-Newton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
Jada Jones is back for the third book of this popular, celebrated series perfect for STEM fans! Jada is hosting her first sleepover, and she has lots of cool scientific activities planned: kitchen chemistry, creating invisible ink, and even making slime! But when her friends get tired of the lessons and just want to hang out, can Jada figure out the formula for fun and save the sleepover?
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Tales of Sasha 8: Showtime! book
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Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble book
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A Christmas for Bear book
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KNOCK KNOCK book
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  1. Tales of Sasha 8: Showtime! - In book eight of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha throws a party for the horses of Verdant Valley and Crystal Cove! The King and Queen have put Sasha in charge of planning a Summer Solstice celebration for the horses of Verdant Valley and Crystal Cove! Sasha has never planned a big party before, and there are so many details! Will she find a way to pull this party off?

  2. Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble - Pee! Gee! Wee! Gee! What’s that sound? With her birthday coming up, Jessica hopes that, just maybe, her present will be a real-live potbellied pig. Jessica can hardly wait for her party with Judy Moody and all their friends. But Judy Moody is acting like a pig-head, and Jessica UN-invites her from the party. To make matters worse, Jessica has snooped around the house and has found zero sign of a pig present. Could her birthday be any more of a disaster? Geared to newly independent readers, this story will have Judy Moody fans in pig heaven.

  3. A Christmas for Bear - Bear’s minimalist holiday celebration has an eager Mouse feeling a bit anxious in this humorous and heartwarming story about the unlikely, lovable pair. One frosty night, Bear hears a tap, tap, tapping on his front door. “Merry Christmas!” cries Mouse. Mouse is there for a Christmas party, and Bear has never had one before, but he’s certain that pickles (preferably from France) must be an essential component, along with the reading of a long and difficult poem. The problem is, whenever Bear comes back from the kitchen with more treats, Mouse has vanished — only to be found, small and gray and guilty-eyed, scurrying under the bed or rifling through the closet. Will there be even a tiny present involved? “Hogwash!” scolds Bear. Get ready for holiday anticipation and the best kind of surprises as the curmudgeonly Bear and a hopeful Mouse return in a warm, funny tale full of holiday cheer and true friendship.

  4. KNOCK KNOCK - Knock Knock is a fresh and innovative method of humorous storytelling that uses knock-knock jokes to tell the story of Bear and his woodland friends Raccoon, Rabbit, Turtle, and others. With each new visitor, Bear grows increasingly frustrated at his lack of peace and quiet. Little does Bear know that his friends have a surprise in store for him — a happy hibernation party!

Books About Parties and Action And Adventure

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Fortunately
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Good and bad luck accompany Ned from New York to Florida on his way to a surprise party.
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Pandamonia
Written by Chris Owen & illustrated by Chris Nixon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Join in the fantastic fun as one grumpy panda sets off a frenzy of wild partying. There’s grunting and growling and prancing and prowling, skipping and scowling and squealing and yowling, squeaking and squawking, snarling and snorting, hysterical howling and chaotic cavorting—all because of one grumpy panda.
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I Am Invited to a Party!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Am Invited to a Party! Piggie is invited to her first party. She doesn't know what to wear, though, so she asks her best friend Elephant for help. Elephant's advice is odd to say the least, so Piggie will try on all sorts of zany outfits before finally arriving at the party for a hilarious surprise.
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Whiskerella book
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How to Track a Pterodactyl book
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Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Sharks book
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Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom book
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  1. Whiskerella - Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is not the kind of princess who enjoys fancy dresses or extravagant parties. Cliff-diving, fractions, and whacking people with swords are more her thing. So when she’s forced to attend a boring ball in honor of a visiting ambassador, Harriet is less than thrilled–until a bewitchingly beautiful stranger arrives. Who is she? And where did she come from? The mystery leads to a not-so-wicked stepsister, an incontinent lizard, and a fairy’s spell that’s really more of a curse. Luckily, Harriet knows a thing or two about curses…

  2. How to Track a Pterodactyl - It’s the end of summer, and time for Trihorn Settlement’s big summer party, and Josh’s hero, Terrordactyl Bill, is making the grand opening speech! But the festivities are interrupted when a flock of pterodactyls come screeching through the air. T-Bill jumps in to protect the townspeople…and a group of pteros plucks him from the ground and carries him away! It’s up to Josh and his best friends to brave Rocktooth Ridge, home of the fearsome pterodactyls, to rescue T-Bill from the flying dinosaurs’ clutches!

  3. Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Sharks - On a class trip to the aquarium, certified ghost hunter Sam Wu encounters something even scarier than ghosts: a giant shark who TOTALLY tries to eat him. Sam has no intentions of taking any more chances with these people-eating creatures. But then his classmates plan a birthday bash . . . on the BEACH! Can Sam overcome his fear of becoming fish food before he misses out on the fun?

  4. Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom - Now with Princess Nautilus as part of their entourage, Cucumber and Almond travel to Trebleopolis to warn Princess Piano that Noisemaster, second of the Nightmare Knight’s minions, might be after her! Unfortunately, they arrive just in time for Queen Cymbal’s birthday and the Queen refuses to stop the festivities . . . that is until Noisemaster succeeds in capturing Princess Piano and threatens to destroy the city. Adapted from the popular webcomic series of the same name, Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom is the third book of a clever, adorable, and hilarious four-volume heroic adventure that is sure to make you hungry for sweets and action.

Books About Parties and Multicultural

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Going Up!
Written by Sherry J Lee & illustrated by Charlene Chua
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Today is Olive's birthday party, and Sophie and her dad have baked cookies. Sophie's dad holds the platter so Sophie can push the elevator button for the tenth floor. But on the way up, the elevator stops to let the Santucci brothers get on. Then on the next floor, Vicky, Babs and their dog, Norman, get in. And as the elevator ascends, it keeps stopping, and more neighbors squeeze in to the crowded space: the Habibs, the Flores family, Mr. Kwan, Vi Tweedle with her Chihuahua, Minx. Everyone is going to the party! Playfully combining the excitement and anticipation of a party with children's universal love of riding in elevators, Sherry J. Lee's picture book story is ultimately about community and a sense of belonging. With characters from many cultural backgrounds, it showcases the everyday diversity that many urban children experience. Charlene Chua's illustrations provide loads of funny details and visual narratives that aren't in the text, making for a multilayered reading experience. The book's tall, narrow trim size adds to the effect of the rising elevator.
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Lou Lou and Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza
Written by Jill Diamond & illustrated by Lesley Vamos
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
BFFs Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl are busy preparing for the Bicentennial Bonanza, their city’s two-hundredth birthday bash! And this year, the party will take place in their beloved neighborhood of El Corazón. With a baking contest, talent show, and a new gazebo planned, the community can’t wait to celebrate the founders (and historical BFFs), Diego Soto and Giles Wonderwood. But when Vice-Mayor Andy Argyle claims the festivities belong to Verde Valley, using a mysterious diary as evidence, Lou Lou and Pea smell trouble. Will the friends be able to uncover the secrets of their city’s founding, and bring the Bonanza back to El Corazón?
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The Kindness Club: Designed by Lucy
Written & illustrated by Courtney Scheinmel
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Perfect for fans of Meg Cabot or Sarah Mlynowski, this second book in a fun series shows that kindness never goes out of style! "Imagine what a better world we'd live in if Kindness Clubs spring up at every school. This series is inspiring!" --Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers Creative and fashion-forward Lucy Tanaka was thrilled when Chloe Silver moved to town. Together with Theo Barnes, they formed The Kindness Club, testing different acts of kindness on their friends, neighbors, and siblings. One day, Lucy learns that their classmate, Serena, recently lost her mother. On top of that, it's Serena's birthday next weekend. Lucy is determined to lift Serena's spirits, and she knows the perfect way to do it--rallying the Kindness Club to throw Serena the best birthday party ever at her family's bowling alley. But as unexpected complications arise that threaten to ruin the party, can Lucy find another way to help her new friend during this hard time? Inspired by kindness projects and anti-bullying campaigns across the country, award-winning author Courtney Sheinmel's delightful series will have all readers thinking kind!
Honorable Mentions
Baby Day book
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Flower Girl Katie book
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  1. Baby Day - It’s a busy day for baby in this darling, cheeky, charming picture book celebrating the joy and chaos of a baby-filled day! Today is baby’s birthday. Happy baby! Here come baby’s friends. Hello! Shy baby. Friendly baby. Sunny baby. Hat on, baby! Strong baby. Smiley baby. Lazy baby. Wake up, baby! Who else will we meet? Now everyone together…Smile, babies!

  2. Flower Girl Katie - Katie is delighted when her Aunt Patty asks her to be a flower girl—but then she starts thinking about everything that could go wrong and worries that she will spoil her aunt’s wedding.

Books About Parties and Birthdays

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If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon
Written by Joyce Lapin & illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Blast off to an extraterrestrial birthday celebration where young partygoers get to romp in a low-gravity playground; discover that candles and balloons behave weirdly in the lunar atmosphere; and learn why the "moon angels" they make in the dust will last for millennia. This cool picture book combines fun and facts to explain the science behind each surprise in terms children can easily grasp.
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Happy Birthday to You!
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Nicola Slater
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A group of musicians is traveling to a caf� for a surprise celebration. Press the buttons to hear them play their instruments . . . and join in with the whole band at the end to wish one little otter a very happy birthday! With a flute, guitar, violin, and piano, plus a rousing "big band" chorus and a splendid light-up birthday cake, this delightful little book makes the perfect birthday gift.
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Maisy's Plane
Written & illustrated by Lucy Cousins
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Maisy flies her plane to a special party and passes hot air balloons and clouds along the way.
Honorable Mentions
Don't Ask a Dinosaur book
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The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung book
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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe book
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A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! book
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  1. Don't Ask a Dinosaur - Written in a masterfully-executed rhyme, the book presents a cavalcade of lesser-known dinos and pairs their odd characteristics with little tasks that are hilariously impossible because of those features. “Don’t ask Deinocheirus to set the forks and spoons,” because his hands were enormous, “Therizinosaurus shouldn’t blow up balloons,” because he had very long claws. In the end they find the one thing everyone can help do is to blow out the candles on the cake…but will it create yet another mess?

  2. The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung - This is the bilingual story of the farm maiden and her cadre of animals, who craft a festive piñata for a surprise celebration. “The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung” is a beautiful and lively companion to the award-winning “The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred.” A young girl sets out on errands for the day, and while she’s gone, the farm maiden prepares a piñata with help from a boy, horse, goose, cat, sheep, and farmer. After they all fall asleep in the afternoon sun, they must hurry to finish preparations in time. Key English words change to Spanish as the cumulative verse builds to the celebratory ending. With the familiarity of “The House That Jack Built,” the tale cleverly incorporates Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page. This book makes learning the language easy and fun. Back matter includes a glossary, definitions, and directions for making a piñata at home.

  3. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe - Go from 1 to 20, and look for chicks aplenty, in this cheerful read-along board book. Parents’ newest story hour pick is a seasoned favorite counting rhyme with an exciting twist. Rabbit needs to one, two, buckle her shoe and three, four, run out the door so she can help her neighbor Mommy Hen prepare a yummy surprise for the little pigs’ birthday party. Meanwhile, Mommy Hen’s four little chickes are playing hide and seek. Can you count to 20 with Rabbit and keep track of those sneaky chicks at the same time? Between the four little chicks hiding on every page and the creative story-telling approach to a popular counting rhyme, there is a lot to love about this board book that is perfect for small hands. Combined with Jane Cabrera’s signature eye-catching art style, learning to count has never been so much fun. Jane Cabrera’s Story Time celebrates children’s best-loved read along nursery rhymes and songs. These interactive favorites are given a new twist by award-winning artist Jane Cabrera and feature her bold, bright, kid-friendly illustrations. Other titles in the series include Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, If You’re Happy and You Know It, and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

  4. A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! - It’s my birthday. . . I can’t wait! Time for us to celebrate! House is ready, Set for fun. Cake’s the last thing, then we’re done. Can’t use flour, Can’t use wheat. . .That’s got gluten! What’s to eat? With bright and charming illustrations and sweet text, A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! is a celebration of being gluten-free!

Books About Parties and Monsters

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Monster Needs a Party
Written by Paul Czajak & illustrated by Wendy Grieb
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Disappointed when none of his friends can attend his pirate birthday, Monster cheers up when he goes to a pirate theme park, instead.
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Ghoulia and the Mysterious Visitor
Written by Barbara Cantini
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
One dark and stormy night, Ghoulia’s cousin Dilbert comes to visit her at Crumbling Manor. She’s confused—she didn’t invite him, and it turns out that Dilbert’s a real grouch. He complains about everything! When Ghoulia tries to track down Auntie Departed to find out why she invited Dilbert, she finds that Auntie has vanished. Ghoulia can’t find her. And the doorbell won’t stop ringing. One after another, Ghoulia’s friends arrive—all with the same mysterious invitation in hand. As the gang searches Crumbling Manor for Auntie Departed, one of their own goes missing. Finally, Dilbert inadvertently solves the mystery in the greenhouse when he finds himself face-to-face with the sinister Chatterbox Ivy. Clue meets Little Shop of Horrors in this fun romp, which includes full-color illustrations and kid-friendly activities.
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The Littlest Mummy
Written by Brandi Dougherty & illustrated by Michelle Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
From the New York Times bestselling author who brought us The Littlest Pilgrim comes a sweet new Halloween story filled with gentle spooky fun and one adorable little mummy friend! Mae may be the littlest mummy in the Spooky Woods, but she has a big desire to dance with her family at the big Halloween bash! But Mae just can't seem to moan, groan, and look scary, no matter how hard she shuffles and shouts. Will Mae be able to participate in the party, or is the littlest mummy just too little?
Honorable Mentions
Creepy-Crawly Birthday book
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Monster Party! book
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  1. Creepy-Crawly Birthday - When Toby Monroe has a birthday party, his pets’ curiosity is aroused by seven strange suitcases which they investigate, with surprising consequences.

  2. Monster Party! - Monster’s invited—and monster’s delighted! Come and join the monster bash. There’s spinning and pinning, high-fiving and jiving, and munching, crunching, and buggy-food lunching. But when it all ends, Monster must leave his fun-loving friends. There’s crying and sighing—until Monster discovers a happy surprise waiting for him at home. This wacky celebration, now in a board book format, will be a hit with kids!

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