The Perfect Birthday Books for Ages 1–6

by Tom Burns

Do you know what’s harder than it looks? Shopping for birthday presents for really young children. Yes, you can do what everyone else is doing and grab them whatever noise-making plastic monstrosity is currently on display at Target, but if you’re actually interested in finding them something that they won’t be sick of in a week, it takes some serious thought. And, even though some kids will disagree with me on this, I think that books always make a great present. They’re personal, they’re entertaining, and they endure – if you find the right one for the kid in question.

So, how do you find the mythical “perfect” book for a child or, more specifically, the perfect book for that five-year-old’s birthday party that you’re invited to next month? Fortunately, some books have that information right in their titles! Here are some age-by-age suggestions — for ages 1 to 6 — for fantastic books that include a child’s age in their titles. That five-year-old will appreciate having a book all about FIVES to read on their fifth birthday, and the kid’s parents will appreciate that you didn’t buy a Furby. It’s a win-win.

Did we miss your favorite “age in the title” birthday book? Did we overlook the PERFECT title for a five-year-old’s birthday party? Or do you have suggestions for birthday books for kids who are seven, eight, nine, and older? If so, let us know in the comments below!