Early Elementary Books

Theme: Anniversaries, Birthdays, and More

Clever Jack Takes the Cake - (ISBN: 978-0375849794)

by Candace Fleming

Jack’s effort to bake the perfect birthday present for a real princess succeeds until he tries to carry the cake to the castle. When Jack finally arrives, he has nothing left for the princess. He thinks of telling her the story of all the creatures and events that ate away at his gift, and she loves it! What is your favorite funny birthday party story?

Congratulations, Miss Malarkey! - (ISBN: 978-0802722935)

by Judy Finchler

What is the real reason Miss Malarkey seems so happy, singing and smiling all the time? Although they are afraid she might be getting ready to quit teaching, her intent becomes clearer when she starts a unit on marriage customs. The girls, expectedly, catch on first! Enjoy learning about her upcoming plans as well as the subtle way the book introduces customs from other cultures.

Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power - (ISBN: 978-0544022836)

by Charise Mericle Harper

Despite the fact that Grace feels a bit disappointed in not getting to be the flower girl for her neighbor’s upcoming wedding, she puts all her energy into making the best wedding gift ever! Her creativity and her friends help her to make it a real surprise. Make a list of five things the present might be.

One Fine Trade - (ISBN: 0823418367)

by Bobbi Miller

George, who works as a peddler, wheels and deals his craft, making many trades so that he can come up with the funds he needs to buy his daughter the perfect wedding gift. Wouldn’t you know, after George gets the dress, his daughter asks for a veil? Enjoy the humor as you follow some of George’s unbelievable trades.

Thanks, Mom and Dad - (ISBN: 978-0061853814)

by John Grogan

Cassie and Louis want to have a great dinner at a restaurant to celebrate their parents’ anniversary, but Marley the dog wants to come along. Can you imagine what kinds of problems he causes?

Thanks, Mom and Dad - (ISBN: 978-0061853814)

by John Grogan

Cassie and Louis want to have a great dinner at a restaurant to celebrate their parents’ anniversary, but Marley the dog wants to come along. Can you imagine what kinds of problems he causes?

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes - (ISBN: 978-0375873690)

by Lenore Look

Brenda Berman, Wedding Expert - (ISBN: 9780618313211 )

by Jane Breskin Zalben

Company’s Going - (ISBN: 978-0786804153)

by Arthur Yorinks

Stink and the Incredible Super-galactic Jawbreaker - (ISBN: 9780763621582)

by Megan McDonald

Wedding Bells for Rotten Ralph - (ISBN: 978-0060275334)

by Jack Gantos

Activities for this Theme

Plan an inexpensive birthday party that the family can do together.


Have a do-it-yourself birthday party. Make cupcakes and have the frosting mixed up and decorations prepared. Your guests can ice and fix up their own cupcakes. Do the same for tacos and ice cream sundaes. Play any of these 12 classic games that require little, or no, preparation.