Birthdays come once a year, but the question, “when is my birthday?” is for every day. With a muted pallet, perfect for un-birthdays, this adorable story by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Christian Robinson captures the anticipation and excitement leading up to birthdays, even when they are months away. Of course, when it comes to having parties, it doesn’t matter whose birthday it is; everyone can celebrate with a great party hat — I particularly love the goldfish who has a cameo on the front cover (under the jacket!). Other great bonus content in this book are the candle endpapers and the calendar grid. Circle everyone’s month/day and be sure to have your birthday party hats ready!
~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017— From Holiday Picks 2017
In this enthusiastic celebration of all things BIRTHDAY, acclaimed author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson bring you the perfect birthday book! Join our excited narrator as she lists all the things that will make her birthday the BEST birthday.
when’s my birthday?
where’s my birthday?
how many days until my birthday?
i’d like a pony for my birthday
and a necklace for my birthday.
i’d like a chicken for my birthday.
i’d like a ball to bounce and bounce.
i’d like a big cake on my birthday
with lots of chocolate on my birthday
and lots of candles on my birthday
1,2,3,4,5, and 6!
2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor Award
When's My Birthday? is a School Library Journal Best Book of 2017, a Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2017, a Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2017, an NPR Best Book of 2017, a Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017, and a 2018 ALSC Notable Children's Book.
About the Author
Julie Fogliano is the New York Times bestselling author of And Then It’s Spring and If You Want to See a Whale as well as the poetry collection, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. Recipient of the 2013 the Ezra Jack Keats award, her books have been translated into more than ten languages. Julie lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and three children. When she is not folding laundry or wondering what to make for dinner, she is staring out the window waiting for a book idea to fly by.
Christian Robinson's award-winning books for young readers include Josephine, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book as well as a Sibert Honor Book, and Harlem's Little Blackbird, which was an NAACP Image Award nominee. His book Last Stop on Market Street earned four starred reviews and was on the New York Times bestseller list.
* "Buoyant and perfectly childlike, meant to be read aloud with gusto and a keen sense of urgency."—School Library Journal, starred review
*"A gift of a picture book that's at once nostalgic and fresh."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"There might be a more perfect picture book about birthdays out there, but you’d be hard-pressed to find it."—Booklist, starred review
“With playful illustrations and text that bounces like a bouquet of balloons, if you were to blow out your candles and wish for a perfect birthday book, this is what you'd get.” —NPR