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21 Fantastic First Birthday Books for Babies


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Where is Baby's Birthday Cake?

Karen Katz has mastered the baby book market with her cute illustrations and fun lift-the-flap interactive elements. Babies love peaking under each window to find colorful pictures of fun birthday objects. Under the final flap is a delicious birthday cake, just like the one your baby will  be enjoying this year. We think this vibrant book makes a fantastic first birthday book gift.


Best First Birthday Books for Toddlers

All birthdays are special but there is something pretty extraordinary about celebrating a baby's first one.  Maybe it's because there are so many firsts that day, especially birthday cake, that are fun to witness through the eyes of a little one. Be sure to read some cute stories about cupcakes which include lots of fun tales about treats served at birthday parties. 

Relatives and friends come together in unbridled enthusiasm for a child who has little understanding and no expectations for the big event. That is what makes first birthday celebrations to uniquely special. For more fun reading year after year, check out the best children's birthday books for kids in preschool and up.


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Fun Baby Books About Turning One

There are so many momentous events to celebrate in a child's life. Baby's first birthday is undoubtedly one of the most memorable occasions. There is something really innocent and special about watching a baby blow out candles, eat birthday cake by hand, and open gifts for the first time. And we firmly believe first birthday books top the list of the most  appreciated, educational, entertaining and affordable gifts you can give. Don't forget to write a special note inside the cover! Here are some ideas about what to write inside baby books to make the gift both personal and inspirational.


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Birthday Monsters!

A vibrant, chunky board book by comic writer/illustrator Sandra Boynton. A lively crew invades a home in a whirlwind birthday celebration. Enthusiastic party-going monsters create quite a fun mess in the ultimate extravaganza overflowing with balloons, confetti, and birthday cake. Catchy rhymes will keep your toddlers engaged for many readings.



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How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?

The  How Do Dinosaurs best-selling series delivers another winner with a big birthday celebration, dinosaur-style! The life of the party gets a bit carried away but he adjusts his behavior with just the right amount of correction from mom and dad.  Lots of fun and good examples to follow in this cute book perfect for a first birthday gift.



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My First Birthday

What a fun first birthday book chock full of touch-and-feel interactive elements. Babies will love exploring all the colorful birthday images along with Mickey and Minnie. Sturdy board book pages are designed to withstand curious little fingers. An adorable gift book for first birthday parties.



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Dr. Seuss's Happy Birthday, Baby!

Babies will love working on their fine motor skills with all the fun interactive features. A great tribute to baby's first birthday, Dr. Seuss style! Full of playful words and engaging rhymes that capture the special occasion perfectly. We think this Happy Birthday book is a fantastic way to introduce baby to Dr. Seuss's nonsensical, funny, style that has been entertaining readers for decades.



 happy birthday little pookie

Happy Birthday, Little Pookie!

An ode to all little kids who wake up a wee bit early on their birthday.  Pookie has arisen from bed ahead of the sun, eagerly anticipating all the excitement that is to come.  All the fun elements of a birthday celebration, from ballooons to presents to birthday cake, are enjoyed by Pookie. A super Sandra Boynton board book about birthdays makes a great first year present.



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Peppa Pig: Happy Birthday!

Little Peppa Pig fans will love this delightful story about a birthday celebration. All of her friends are coming to the party, complete with a magic show and birthday cake. A sturdy board book edition makes a great gift for babies learning to turn pages by themselves. Colorful, simple, and highly recommended.



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Happy Birthday!

There is no better way to get your baby excited about a first birthday than to read this colorful, tactile book. Every single page features a sweet image with some aspect to touch, feel and explore. A soft, padded cover is fun for babies to grasp.  Pages with cupcakes, balloons, and party hats will prepare your little one for what to expect on the day of the party!



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Birthday Counting

A counting concept book that celebrates birthdays! Teach babies to count forward and backwards in this birthday-themed board book. Birthday presents, balloons and more fun objects adorn every page of this cake-shaped sturdy novelty book. We love the idea of using this book to top off a first birthday gift.


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You're One!

This sweet book celebrates the important milestone of turning one. The story also looks forward to all the things baby will accomplish the next year. Cute, short, rhyming text will keep the attention of the youngest little readers. A thoughtful page in the front allows for gift-givers to inscribe a special message. Instead of sending a birthday card, step up your game by sending this book instead.



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A Birthday for Cow!

Cow has the best friends in the whole wide world. Pig and Mouse want nothing more than to make a delicious birthday cake from scratch for Cow. The only problem is that Duck is a bit of a distraction and is getting in their way. Repetition and silly humor throughout this board book will likely boost this to the top of your baby's favorite reading pile.



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Bear's Birthday

Join Bear and his friends for a fun birthday celebration complete with games, cake, and gifts. Your baby will have fun counting balloons on every single page. Fun party scenes showcase all the activities  that make birthday celebrations so exciting.



 happy birthday mouse

Happy Birthday, Mouse!

A baby's first birthday is a perfect occasion to introduce the If You Give a Mouse series. In this birthday board book edition, Mouse has to decide upon a special birthday treat. With so many delectable options, how will he ever decide? A cute, colorful book just right for little hands ready to turn each page.



 my first birthday

My First Birthday

A sturdy board book with common birthday terms, like candle, balloon, and cake, accompanied by appealing pictures. The simplicity of this birthday book is appealing to one-year-olds who will enjoy practicing their words and pointing at the objects. A solid book for getting ready to celebrate and learning new words to go with the big party.



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Now I Am One

Adorable book filled with poems  and short stories all about reaching this very important milestone. Babies are encouraged to act along with some of the snippets. Vibrant book with a die-cut 1 on the cover attracts little readers who will enjoy reading this one over and over again.


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Now You Are One!

Adorable first birthday book that doubles as a card. A flap on the cover provides a special place for you to write a greeting to the child. Cute rhyming story and charming illustrations make this an appealing, thoughtful first birthday gift book.



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The Birthday Box

We spend a lot of time trying to find that perfect first birthday gift! And then what usually happens? Inevitably the box seems to garner more attention than the toy inside. Leslie Patricelli captures this exact experience with a very imaginative toddler. He goes on all kinds of imaginary adventures with the cardboard box, but fortunately he takes the toy puppy along for the fun. 



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Spot's Birthday Party

Toddlers love lifting the flaps in this sweet book about a dog's birthday party. Spot is so excited that all of his friends have come to help him celebrate. They play hide-and-seek all over his house. Little ones will get a kick out of the creative hiding places.  Sweet and simply interactive birthday book that resonates well with one year olds.



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Happy Birthday, Curious George

A wonderful introduction to Curious George for one year olds! In a birthday book full of individual poems, kids will laugh at all the trouble George gets into while celebrating his birthday. Tabbed pages marked by birthday symbols make it easy for toddlers to flip to their favorite mini-story. We love that this book can entertain babies through young preschoolers. 



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Happy Birthday: Sing Along with Me!

A fun rendition of the Happy Birthday song, complete with a QR reader to download a musical version. Lots of fun sliding tabs to keep your one-year-old engaged in this lively and energetic little book. Cute critters and colorful pictures complete this adorable birthday board book.



 happy birthday sophie

Happy Birthday, Sophie! Pop-Up Peekaboo!

Sophie is a friendly, gentle giraffe from France. She and her friends gather together to enjoy a fun-filled birthday celebration. This interactive, pop-up book holds all kinds of fun surprises for toddlers who will want to join the party. Pair this sweet book with a plush giraffe for a thoughtful first birthday gift.


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Fun Books for Baby's First Birthday 

Books are always at the top of our list of gifts to give for birthdays. There are so many creative ways to pull together a first birthday book present centered around reading. We love the idea of choosing a creative theme and building a collection of books around it. 

Think outside the typical box and perhaps take the parents' interests into consideration. For instance, if the parents have done extensive traveling, gather some books about places around the globe! If mom or dad are particularly interested in preserving our planet, scoop up some books on recycling. You get



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