Today’s my birthday; but my party was last night. I requested a low key pizza party with a rollicking game of Apples to Apples Junior. A friend assisted ML and her friend in pulling it off. Plus some unexpected roses and a huge cupcake.
Today my preschool story time friends serenaded me with a jolly rendition of “Happy Birthday” after I read them books about cake and cupcakes.
Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato – I love this book! As in, if you want to buy it for my birthday, I won’t regift it. Released in August, it’s the sweetest book I’ve read all year.
Cake Girl by David Lucas – With a birthday so close to Halloween, this book really appeals to me. A witch “bakes” a cake girl and plans to eat her. With love and kindness, Cake Girl saves herself while helping the witch learn how to be a friend.
Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper – It’s hard being a plain old vanilla cupcake with plain old icing. Until, you meet a plain old green candle who also has flashy siblings… number candle, stripy candle, super-long candle. Suddenly, plain old green candle realizes a topping is all cupcake needs to go from ordinary to spectacular. Will he be able to find the perfect topping? Spaghetti, stinky cheese, a squirrel. It’s not looking promising. Or is it?
A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas – Pig and Mouse are making a birthday cake for Cow. Duck is determined cow needs a turnip. Guess what cow thinks?
None of these books are about Halloween.
But they are perfect stories to read in October.
Crankenstein by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santat – All Crankenstein knows how to say is “Mehhrrrr!” It’s my new sound for no. When ML asks, “Can I have some candy for breakfast?” I say, “Mehhrrr!” When she asks to watch television before she finishes her homework, I say “MEHHRRR!” But when she tries to wake me up early on a Saturday morning, I say “MEHHRRR! GO WATCH TV.”
Cake Girl by David Lucas – Witch is alone on her birthday so she bakes a cake girl. Then, demands it sing, dance and clean her house. Witch tells Cake Girl she will eat her after she finishes all the chores. Cake Girl sets a plan in motion to save herself. She teaches Witch how to be nice, resulting in a magical friendship with Cake Girl. Or is it Cake Princess? Or Cake Cat? It’s hard to know.
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds – Jasper Rabbit loves to eat carrots, but he keeps seeing creepy carrots coming after him. No one else in his family sees them. Is he paranoid or is something else going on?
Dear Vampa by Ross Collins – The Pire family has new neighbors, the Wolfsons. They stay up all day, sleep at night, love sunshine and have an unpleasant pet. It gets so bad the Pire family moves to Transylvania. There’s a great twist at the end. The Wolfsons have a secret. They’re not what they appear.
Enjoy these books in October and all year long.