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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 birthd 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!


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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 birthd 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!

30 review for When's My Birthday?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own. This book will be released 9.5.17!!! This is such a cute, short book that centers around the buzz and excitement a young child has anticipating their birthday. Parents can easily identify with the numerous one sentenced questions and ideas that are brought up throughout the story. I often turned to my daughter and commented that it reminded me of someone. Having just ce Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own. This book will be released 9.5.17!!! This is such a cute, short book that centers around the buzz and excitement a young child has anticipating their birthday. Parents can easily identify with the numerous one sentenced questions and ideas that are brought up throughout the story. I often turned to my daughter and commented that it reminded me of someone. Having just celebrated her seventh birthday, she giggled and looked back at me innocently. I could easily relate to the page where the narrator was inviting anyone and anything they came across to their party. We really loved the chart at the end that asks "When's Your Birthday?" My daughter enjoyed pointing out the months and dates of all of her loved ones. We also loved the unique size of this book as well as the pastel and muted colors of the mixed media illustrations.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    You can just feel the excitement coming out of this one! As a parent, though, I would expect it could get old quick after reading it aloud a dozen times.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    I love this book so much. I recently read it for a virtual story time (the week after my birthday because of some unforeseen scheduling difficulties), and it was such a joy. The text is so ebullient and it is a true pleasure to read aloud. I read it for my birthday, but it would also be a good January story time book to kick off the year and talk about everyone's birthday. I love this book so much. I recently read it for a virtual story time (the week after my birthday because of some unforeseen scheduling difficulties), and it was such a joy. The text is so ebullient and it is a true pleasure to read aloud. I read it for my birthday, but it would also be a good January story time book to kick off the year and talk about everyone's birthday.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chance Lee

    I feel like this book could quickly become as annoying as a child constantly wondering when his/her birthday is. I kind of wanted a character in the book to be like, YOUR BIRTHDAY IS FOREVER AWAY STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. Instead, the book ends with a little birthday party. Ask when your birthday is for long enough, and eventually it will be your birthday. The illustrations are adorable, especially the animals, like the giraffe and the sloth who are invited to the birthday party. The end has a cute I feel like this book could quickly become as annoying as a child constantly wondering when his/her birthday is. I kind of wanted a character in the book to be like, YOUR BIRTHDAY IS FOREVER AWAY STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. Instead, the book ends with a little birthday party. Ask when your birthday is for long enough, and eventually it will be your birthday. The illustrations are adorable, especially the animals, like the giraffe and the sloth who are invited to the birthday party. The end has a cute little chart of months and numbers to help a child show when their birthday is. (Mine is today!)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marissa Elera

    Could this book possibly be more perfect?!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Infectiously bouncy and hopeful, perfectly capturing the uncertainty, joy, and wishful imagining of a small child.

  7. 4 out of 5

    DaNae

    Encapsulated the agony and ecstasy of waiting for that one special day.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dee G

    If your child loves birthdays as much as my son loves them then they will like this

  9. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    It's one day out of three hundred sixty-five days when you (and family and friends, if you are fortunate) celebrate your presence on our planet. Every year on the day you were born, depending on the customs of your country and traditions within your family or among your friends, it's a time usually filled with gifts, fabulous food and the merry-making of memories. On this day, for children, their essence seems to glow. For many gals and guys, they start the countdown to their next birthday on the It's one day out of three hundred sixty-five days when you (and family and friends, if you are fortunate) celebrate your presence on our planet. Every year on the day you were born, depending on the customs of your country and traditions within your family or among your friends, it's a time usually filled with gifts, fabulous food and the merry-making of memories. On this day, for children, their essence seems to glow. For many gals and guys, they start the countdown to their next birthday on the morning after the previous birthday. They leave hints about presents they would love to receive. They repeatedly mention their favorite foods. And they secretly begin a list of wishes if they know they will have a cake with birthday candles. When's My Birthday? (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, September 5, 2017) written by Julie Fogliano with illustrations by Christian Robinson is a lively look at a child who can hardly wait for their birthday to arrive. My full recommendation: http://librariansquest.blogspot.com/2...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Reilly Grant

    I loved the formatting of this book! I found the different art mediums to add excitement to the story as well. My favorite line was " I'd like some wishes on my birthday. I'd like some kisses on my birthday. I'd like some berries on my birthday and tiny sandwiches with soup." My birthday is coming up and this book made me even more excited lol. I loved the formatting of this book! I found the different art mediums to add excitement to the story as well. My favorite line was " I'd like some wishes on my birthday. I'd like some kisses on my birthday. I'd like some berries on my birthday and tiny sandwiches with soup." My birthday is coming up and this book made me even more excited lol.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    There is no denying that birthday excitement may be one of the most universal experiences. The pure and perfect text combines with equally universal characters and settings in ways that will make this a favorite.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Super cute.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beth P

    I love the artwork, and how careful Robinson is to create images that may seem subtle, such as the child that wants a ball to bounce--illustrated as a young girl.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Such a fun story with fantastic illustrations.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shamekia

    Super cute and great for storytime!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Sabatini

    A little something in here for every reader.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gaby

    I loved everything about this book! The text is simple and playful, like a poem. The illustrations are beautiful, like everything Christian Robinson does.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Inge

    Silly and joyful and perfect.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andy Plemmons

    This book perfectly captures the childhood anticipation of a birthday.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alia

    Vividly evokes memories of childhood and that happy anticipation of an upcoming birthday. Robinson’s illustrations and the palette of this book feel almost retro. Simple book but a winner. Cute :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Ostrowicki

    What a darling book! The storyline is simple (more like a nursery rhyme), as are the illustrations. It sounds like something you may hear your own child say as they are waiting for their special day. The author, Julie Fogliano, has also written And Then It's Spring and If You Want to See a Whale as well as the poetry collection, When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons. She is the recipient of the 2013 Ezra Jack Keats award. The illustrator, Christian Robinson, is also an animator. He i What a darling book! The storyline is simple (more like a nursery rhyme), as are the illustrations. It sounds like something you may hear your own child say as they are waiting for their special day. The author, Julie Fogliano, has also written And Then It's Spring and If You Want to See a Whale as well as the poetry collection, When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons. She is the recipient of the 2013 Ezra Jack Keats award. The illustrator, Christian Robinson, is also an animator. He is based in San Francisco and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios. He also illustrated Last Stop on Market Street, Antoinette, and School's First Day of School--all lovely books. Check them out together and discuss. Check out Christian's website here: http://theartoffun.com/books/

  22. 4 out of 5

    Madelyn

    Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. @kidlitexchange -------- Birthdays. As children and even young adults, these are days we look forward to. They bring us closer to goals and momentous life events. As a child they make you feel accomplished and “grown up.” For those single digit kiddos, it represents not only becoming a “big kid," it’s also all about the FUN! The excitement builds as their birthday month draws near, perhaps plans for Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. @kidlitexchange -------- Birthdays. As children and even young adults, these are days we look forward to. They bring us closer to goals and momentous life events. As a child they make you feel accomplished and “grown up.” For those single digit kiddos, it represents not only becoming a “big kid," it’s also all about the FUN! The excitement builds as their birthday month draws near, perhaps plans for party and festivities are in the works. Cake and ice cream and presents all tease from, what seems like, a faraway place. Author, Julie Fogliano, captures the essence of what it is to be a child with an approaching birthday – and quite honestly – a birthday in general. The sentences are childlike in their simplicity and abruptness. As I was reading the words I felt myself becoming more and more excited for this big day, as the sentences become more and more forceful and detailed with the child’s requests. I appreciated the illustration style of Christian Robinson. They were aptly childlike and reminded me of homemade construction paper cards – which is very fitting for a six-year olds birthday. This book was a nice reminder that no matter our age, we should be excited to celebrate another year and that we should build up this excitement for our children because it’s a big deal!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of WHEN’S MY BIRTHDAY? As always, all opinions are my own. I just loved this picture book and only wish I had it years ago when my kids were smaller. It begins: “When’s my birthday? Where’s my birthday? How many days until my birthday?” Each page turn features a different child, each asking the same question in a different way. No matter the month, the season, or how distant the date in question, these kids are making plans. They know what kin Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of WHEN’S MY BIRTHDAY? As always, all opinions are my own. I just loved this picture book and only wish I had it years ago when my kids were smaller. It begins: “When’s my birthday? Where’s my birthday? How many days until my birthday?” Each page turn features a different child, each asking the same question in a different way. No matter the month, the season, or how distant the date in question, these kids are making plans. They know what kind of cake they want, what the menu will contain, and exactly what gifts will be required. The spare text is hilarious, absolutely nailing a child’s voice and thought process. The repetition of the word “birthday” throughout makes the book fast-paced and fun to read. I felt like a kid again, reliving the magic of the weeks leading up to my annual big day. Christian Robinson’s illustrations perfectly complement the text—joyful, childlike, and full of diverse children. Most everyone can see themselves in this book. WHEN’S MY BIRTHDAY will be a wonderful gift for kids turning 3–6 years old. You may just need to give it to them a few weeks in advance.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Sass-Henke

    🎂 Thank you to @kidlitexchange for a review copy of When's My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson. All opinions are my own. 🎈 Birthday talk is a popular conversation in my house. As a parent, I have answered every question posed by the narrator in this book. And between my two children, they have asked every question asked by the narrator who is eager for a birthday celebration. When's My Birthday? asks the questions all over again, but provides avenues and avenues of discussion ab 🎂 Thank you to @kidlitexchange for a review copy of When's My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson. All opinions are my own. 🎈 Birthday talk is a popular conversation in my house. As a parent, I have answered every question posed by the narrator in this book. And between my two children, they have asked every question asked by the narrator who is eager for a birthday celebration. When's My Birthday? asks the questions all over again, but provides avenues and avenues of discussion about birthdays and birthday parties. ❤️The best part of this picture book isn't necessarily the words in the book, but the conversation that happens around the book and the smiles that fill the faces of those reading as they talk about one of the best days in a child's year: her birthday. 😁 The illustrations are also to be celebrated, for the materials and textures used by Christian Robinson are so realistic that my three-year-old reached out to touch a birthday hat and was surprised by the smooth feel of the page rather than the rough texture pictured. 🎉 This book is ideal for the preschool set but can still evoke a smile from the kindergarten and first grade reader as well.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Second only to “When we gonna get there?” is “How many days till my birthday?” Take the guesswork out of the latter question by giving kids “When’s My Birthday,” a picture book by Julie Fogliano that celebrates candles on the cake. The unnamed narrator, approaching age 6, poses a series of questions concerning his/her special day – “…will my birthday be tomorrow? Will my birthday be in winter?” On and on the questions go, “…will my birthday have singing?…will we sing so happy happy? will we dance Second only to “When we gonna get there?” is “How many days till my birthday?” Take the guesswork out of the latter question by giving kids “When’s My Birthday,” a picture book by Julie Fogliano that celebrates candles on the cake. The unnamed narrator, approaching age 6, poses a series of questions concerning his/her special day – “…will my birthday be tomorrow? Will my birthday be in winter?” On and on the questions go, “…will my birthday have singing?…will we sing so happy happy? will we dance around and round? will we jump and jump and jump?” Next come the pleas about presents, from a pony to a chicken to a ball “to bounce and bounce,” followed by a cake request and suggestions that there be “wishes” and “kisses” and “berries on my birthday with tiny sandwiches with soup.” The narrator covers all the bases in a book that would make a fitting gift for a child who has a birthday in the offing. A list of all the months in a year is included on the end pages, with numbers up to, and including 31, to help kids clarify the countdown. This catchy, helpful book has uncluttered, simple illustrations by award-winning artist Christian Robinson. Preschool to first grade.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    When? Where? Will we? You can feel the anticipation and the excitement with each turn of the page in this children's book, as the child in the book waits for her birthday to arrive. How many more days? She is so excited that she's planning what will happen on her big day. What day will it fall on? How many more days? She wants this, no she wants that. She will be six and the cake she wants is so huge she needs a ladder to climb up on to light the candles. Who does she invite to her party? Well, When? Where? Will we? You can feel the anticipation and the excitement with each turn of the page in this children's book, as the child in the book waits for her birthday to arrive. How many more days? She is so excited that she's planning what will happen on her big day. What day will it fall on? How many more days? She wants this, no she wants that. She will be six and the cake she wants is so huge she needs a ladder to climb up on to light the candles. Who does she invite to her party? Well, you, and of course, all of you, it will be one grand party! What will you be wearing? What will we be doing at the party? But wait, all this anticipation and IT'S TOMORROW! Finally!! She can't sleep....... It's a fun, dramatic book that kids will love to read. I wished the colors on the pages were brighter but I love the heavy cardstock paper and I enjoy the illustrations. I like the back page with the months written out and the numbers 1-31 written out in different colors so kids can find their birthdays and other important days. Cute book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Druffel

    *I received an advanced reader's edition from the @kidlitexchange for review purposes. All opinions are my own. We've all been there. Either as a little kid or even an adult. Anxiously awaiting our birthday celebration. When's My Birthday, by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson, is told from a kid's perspective wondering, waiting, for the big day. The pictures are simplistic, yet beautiful. I love the imagination in the book. The feeling all kids get about having a day all about them. I wish I h *I received an advanced reader's edition from the @kidlitexchange for review purposes. All opinions are my own. We've all been there. Either as a little kid or even an adult. Anxiously awaiting our birthday celebration. When's My Birthday, by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson, is told from a kid's perspective wondering, waiting, for the big day. The pictures are simplistic, yet beautiful. I love the imagination in the book. The feeling all kids get about having a day all about them. I wish I had this book when my children were younger. They asked the same questions, wondering when their birthday would be. I would have read this book to them a week or so before their birthday. I imagine any home this book finds, it will be read over and over again. Maybe even becoming a family tradition. I imagine worn, tattered, loved pages. A must-have addition to a child's home library.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine Turner

    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. Notes Christian Robinson 's award-winning books for young readers include "Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker," which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book as well as a Sibert Honor Book, and "Harlem's Little Blackbird," which 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. Notes Christian Robinson 's award-winning books for young readers include "Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker," 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 Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor book "Last Stop on Market Street" was a New York Times bestseller, and "School's First Day of School" (written by Adam Rex), has earned seven starred reviews. Award: 2018 2X2 Reading List Subject: Birthdays -- Juvenile fiction.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Mounce

    Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network for providing this free review copy! All opinions are my own. 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂/5 When's My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano is a super sweet story that will remind you of every young child you know and the excitement they have for their birthday! They ask all the same questions: When is it? Where will it be? How many more days? What will I get? What kind of cake? They will make never ending lists of everything they want: bikes, scooters, skates, books, necklaces, balls, Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network for providing this free review copy! All opinions are my own. 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂/5 When's My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano is a super sweet story that will remind you of every young child you know and the excitement they have for their birthday! They ask all the same questions: When is it? Where will it be? How many more days? What will I get? What kind of cake? They will make never ending lists of everything they want: bikes, scooters, skates, books, necklaces, balls, a pony. This is a great story with simple text and fabulous illustrations to read with your child when their birthday is approaching. But if they are anything like my soon-to-be seven year old, they start talking and asking about it about 364 days before! Lol!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book could be a gift for everyone, young and old. Although the illustrations fill the page with excited, happy children, adults can always join in the celebration, too. In sing-song verse, the children shout, “when’s my birthday?/where’s my birthday?/how many days until/my birthday?” I remember a grandchild asking and asking, and her mom usually answered, “Your birthday’s coming up!” Then my grandchild would run to the door or window to look UP! It certainly is hard to wait, as Julie Fogli This book could be a gift for everyone, young and old. Although the illustrations fill the page with excited, happy children, adults can always join in the celebration, too. In sing-song verse, the children shout, “when’s my birthday?/where’s my birthday?/how many days until/my birthday?” I remember a grandchild asking and asking, and her mom usually answered, “Your birthday’s coming up!” Then my grandchild would run to the door or window to look UP! It certainly is hard to wait, as Julie Fogliano shows well with the words asked often, when and what and where? Finally: “it’s the daytime!/here’s my birthday!/happy! happy!/hee! hee! hee!” I love the double page at the end with all the months and numbers, asking, “When’s your birthday?”

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