Thematic Reading List: Cake Day!


Cake is one of the most common celebratory foods, especially on birthdays. In honor of National Cake Day (November 26), this list is designed to help children ages five and under to learn about cake. These fiction titles introduce birthday cake, how cakes are designed, and how cakes bring people together. Families will love reading these books together and become inspired to make cakes of their own!
Contributed by: Mary Lanni

9780763671525 Bears and a Birthday
By: Shirley Parenteau
Illustrated by: David Walker

Little bears Floppy, Fuzzy, Yellow, and Calico secretly prepare a birthday cake and gift for Big Brown Bear, whose curiosity is piqued by delicious smells.
1577912608 The Great Cake: a touch-and-learn book
By: Sherry Gerstein
Illustrated by: Andy Bennett

Yao and Rico bake Oppenheimer the dog a cake for his birthday, and readers can help count the ingredients as they use them.
9780545089234 Happy Birthday
By: Lily Karr
Illustrated by: Roberta Pagnoni

Die-cut, textured board pages of varying heights are made to look like a layered birthday cake.
9781605371290 Having a Party with Lily and Milo
By: Pauline Oud

Wanting to throw Lily the rabbit a birthday party, mischievous mouse Milo puts up decorations, searches for a perfect party hat, and selects festive music before offering his friend a yummy birthday cake
9781593540395 Pat-A-Cake
By: R. A. Herman
Illustrated by: Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

Depicts a baker being woken up by two children and then baking them a cake as in the nursery rhyme “Pat-a-cake.” On board pages.
9781580898485 So Far Up
By: Susanne Strasser

A hungry bear followed by a pig, a dog, a rabbit, a hen, and a frog form a wobbly ladder to reach the delicious cake at the top of the window.
1905117094 There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake
By: Hazel Edwards
Illustrated by: Deborah Niland

The hippopotamus who lives on the roof can do all the things the little girl who lives below isn’t allowed to do.
9781416958178 Where is Baby’s Birthday Cake?: a lift-the-flap book
By: Karen Katz

It’s Baby’s birthday, but where is Baby’s cake? Little ones will love lifting the large, sturdy flaps to find Baby’s birthday cake in this new Karen Katz board book. Children will discover fun, festive objects under each flap until they finally find Baby’s yummy birthday cake on the final page of this adorable title.
9780810989269 Where is the Cake Now?
By: The Tjong Khing

A group of animals decides to have a picnic and travel all around the countryside, up hills and over rivers, searching for the perfect place to set up their food. But trouble looms — when they finally find the right spot, the all-important cake is missing! Can you help the animals recover their cake?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to Read & Shine