Best Kids Books About Party

Our Favorite 20 Party-Themed Books

Updated Feb. 26, 2019

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?

Tea Rex book
#1
Tea Rex
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

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.

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!

Dragons Love Tacos book
#2
Dragons Love Tacos
Written by Adam Rubin and 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.

Xander's Panda Party book
#3
Xander's Panda Party
Written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Matt Phelan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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!

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.

Tea Party in the Woods, The book
#4
Tea Party in the Woods, The
Written and 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.

The Best Birthday Present Ever book
#5
The Best Birthday Present Ever
Written and illustrated by Ben Mantle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
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.

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!

Lulu's Party book
#6
Lulu's Party
Written and illustrated by Kit Chase
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
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.

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.

You Must Bring a Hat! book
#7
You Must Bring a Hat!
Written by Simon Philip and illustrated by Kate Hindley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
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!

“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!

Fox & Chick: The Party book
#8
Fox & Chick: The Party
Written and 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.

Mother Goose's Pajama Party book
#9
Mother Goose's Pajama Party
Written by Danna Smith and illustrated by Virginia Allyn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is such a great tale of classic nursery rhymes combined into a fun slumber party. There is something in it for everyone to love! They story flows along with one great line from many different rhymes and swirls into a magical journey of adventure and rhyming!

"Star light, star bright, Come to story time tonight. Bring your friends and don't be late. Meet at my house, half past eight." Mother Goose has invited all her nursery rhyme friends to her house for a magical sleepover. See the Cow that jumped over the moon, who tells the Dish, who tells the Spoon, who are soon joined by Little Bo Peep, Miss Muffet, Georgie Porgie, and a whole troop of other nursery time friends. What starts with a lively parade to Mother Goose's house ends in a cozy goodnight scene featuring everyone's favorite nursery rhyme characters, the ideal note for bedtime. Includes an afterword with all the classic nursery rhymes featured in the book, making it a true treasury.

If You Give a Pig a Party book
#10
If You Give a Pig a Party
Written by Laura Numeroff and 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.

Snowmen at Christmas book
#11
Snowmen at Christmas
Written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On Christmas Eve, snowmen hold a party in the center of town and celebrate with food, music and dancing, and presents, in the companion title to Snowmen at Night.

The Night Before My Birthday book
#12
The Night Before My Birthday
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Wakey, Wakey, Elephant! book
#13
Wakey, Wakey, Elephant!
Written by Linda Ravin Lodding and 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.

Monster Needs a Party book
#14
Monster Needs a Party
Written by Paul Czajak and 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.

Skippyjon Jones book
#15
Skippyjon Jones
Written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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!

No Bath, No Cake! book
#16
No Bath, No Cake!
Written and illustrated by Matthias Weinert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ay, a pirates' life is dangerous n' dirty life! But when this motley crew gets an invitation to a little girl's birthday party, they're simply delighted. What could be better than cake? Just as they're about to walk the plank, their pirate-y parrot tells them—as only a parrot or a mother could—that they need to clean up their act. With a scrub-a-dub-dub, brand new clothes, and a doll for the birthday girl, the 'pirates' show up sparkling and clean. But they're in for a big surprise. What the birthday girl wants most of all are real pirates—black feet, messy hair, stinky clothes and all.

A Birthday for Cow! book
#17
A Birthday for Cow!
Written and illustrated by Jan Thomas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Pig and Mouse are hard at work baking the best birthday cake EVER for Cow. But it would be a lot easier if Duck wasn’t hanging around, yammering on about turnips or some nonsense. (Sheesh!) With all this silliness going on, how will they manage to throw Cow a spectacular birthday party? Well, as it turns out, crazy Duck just might have had the right idea all along! Featuring wacky humor, rowdy repetitions, irreverent dialogue, and a hilarious twist at the end, this book is now available in an accessible reader-size format and is sure to have young readers laughing out loud!

Footloose book
#18
Footloose
Written by Kenny Loggins and illustrated by Tim Bowers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

In this version of the pop rock song "Footloose," zookeeper Jack joins the zoo animals in an all-night dance party.

The Tea Party Book book
#19
The Tea Party Book
Written by Lucille Recht Penner and 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.

Where's the Party? book
#20
Where's the Party?
Written and 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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