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Parties: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about parties?

Tea parties, dance parties, pizza parties, birthday parties…there’s a perfect party for everyone! With a mix of food, entertainment, music, decorations, and celebration, it’s hard to go wrong. Whether your kiddo already knows they love any type of party, or if your little one usually has to be bribed to attend, these books are sure to show how fun parties can be (or at least show that there’s usually cake and balloons)!

We recommend having a read-a-thon party with your favorite snacks, pjs, and blanketsto enjoy these party-themed books! That would make for a pretty fantastic time, don’t you agree?

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Happy Pig Day!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Happy Pig Day! Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year! But will Gerald the Elephant be included in the festivities? Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a heartfelt story about celebrating the special occasions in life. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will want to join the party!

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Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game
Written by David A. Adler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Now even beginning readers can join in the fun of cracking cases with Cam Jansen, the red-headed detective with the photographic memory.

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Madeline’s Tea Party
Written & illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

In this story, Madeline hosts a fabulously dainty tea party. Her naughty friend Pepito makes an appearance as well, and havoc ensues! This easy-to-read book is written in rhyme, and there are full-color illustrations throughout in the same charming style as the original Madeline books.

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Eloise Throws a Party!
Written by Kay Thompson & illustrated by Hilary Knight and Tammie Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Eloise and Nanny throw Weenie a surprise birthday party in this hilarious Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for emerging readers! It’s Weenie’s birthday and Eloise NEEDS to throw him a party! With the help of Nanny, Eloise throws Weenie a surprise party and every person and dog in the Plaza Hotel is invited.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Written by J. K. Rowling & illustrated by Mary GrandPré
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

The fourth title in the continuing saga includes Harry’s latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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  • Snowmen at Christmas - Snowmen at Night shared with us the magical, slip-sliding adventures of snowmen after dark . . . but have you ever wondered what snowmen do for Christmas? Well, now’s your chance to find out! The snowmen are back, and this time they’re celebrating Christmas—the snowman way! This snappy and entertaining companion to the New York Times bestseller Snowmen at Night depicts all the best parts of the holiday, replete with icy treats and a snowman Kris Kringle. Told in the same bouncy verse as the original, Snowmen at Christmas is perfect for a snowy evening read-aloud.

  • The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles - A message in a bottle holds the promise of surprise and wonder, as told in this enthralling picture book by Caldecott Medalist Erin E. Stead The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, who lives alone atop a hill, has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. He loves his job, though he has always wished that, someday, one of the letters would be addressed to him. One day he opens a party invitation—but there’s no name attached. As he devotes himself to the mystery of the intended recipient, he ends up finding something even more special: the possibility of new friends.

  • Bernice Gets Carried Away - Perfect for a new generation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day readers, this charming story about a grumpy cat gently shows how far a little sharing can go. Bernice is having a truly rotten time at her friend’s birthday party. First, everyone else gets a piece of cake with a frosting rose. But not Bernice. Then, everyone else gets strawberry-melon soda. Bernice gets the prune-grapefruit juice. And it’s warm. The last straw is the one lousy (squished) candy she gets from the piñata. So when the balloons arrive, Bernice knows just what she has to do: grab them all. And then, poor cross Bernice gets carried up, up, and away. Luckily, she figures out just how to make her way back down to the party…and she brightens lots of other animals’ days on her way. Hannah Harrison’s gorgeous animal paintings come alive in her second picture book. Her “exceptionally polished” debut, Extraordinary Jane, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and School Library Journal.

  • Ella Enchanted - In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. At birth, Ella of Frell was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at any time anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom–and she’ll have to obey? Ella’s quest to break the curse and discover who she really is, is both funny and poignant.

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Xander's Panda Party
Written by Linda Sue Park & illustrated by Matt Phelan
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Panda wants to have a party, but the guest list gets a little confusing! He learns about mammals, reptiles, and more as he tries to prepare for the perfect party. I love the illustrations in this book, and I like that it has some educational value about the animals while being very fun!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Xander’s plan to host a panda party falls through, since he is the only panda at the zoo, but when he extends the invitation to all the bears, complications ensue. Includes an author’s note about the international effort to save pandas from extinction.

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Happy Birthday
Written & illustrated by Roger Priddy
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
Love this birthday-themed touch-and-feel book! This board book is perfect for toddlers who like a little more of a story, but there's the fun element of some texture inside, as well as a lift-the-flap on the last page. :) I really like how the texture in this book isn't just the same old--there are some ribbons on a party hat, some ridges in the icing on the cake, and some paper in the banner decorations for the party. I also love the colors and illustrations in this book.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Little Puppy is excited – it’s his birthday, and all the Little Friends are coming to his party! This charmingly illustrated board book is filled with all the things that make a birthday so special, garlands and party hats, presents and cake, and most important of all friends to celebrate with. A delightful book to share with little ones on their special day, Happy Birthday has textures to touch, feel, and explore, as well as a big birthday surprise flap to lift.

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Tea Rex
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
Beautiful illustrations and a cute story which tells of how to cost a polite tea party. The illustrations show that everything doesn't always go as planned when a T-Rex has been invited. The illustrations in this story are a 7, but the story just isn't quite there.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Some tea parties are for grown-ups. Some are for girls. But this tea party is for a very special guest. And it is important to follow some rules . . . like providing comfortable chairs, and good conversation, and yummy food. But sometimes that is not enough for special guests, especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . .

Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!

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Cinderella
Written by Chloe Perkins & illustrated by Sandra Equihua
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This board book version of Cinderella is perfect for little hands that want to hear a condensed, but still detailed, version of the story of Cinderella and one of the best parties in fairytale history. :) There's a good amount of text in this board book, and the illustrations are stunning!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The classic story of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Mexican spin on the beloved fairy tale! Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a little cottage with her stepmother and two stepsisters… The classic tale of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this debut title of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With Mexico as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from Mexican illustrator Sandra Equihua, Cinderella is still the same girl with a fairy godmother and a glass slipper—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

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If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon
Written by Joyce Lapin & illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Blast off to an extraterrestrial birthday celebration where young partygoers get to romp in a low-gravity playground; discover that candles and balloons behave weirdly in the lunar atmosphere; and learn why the “moon angels” they make in the dust will last for millennia. This cool picture book combines fun and facts to explain the science behind each surprise in terms children can easily grasp.

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  • Miss Spider's Tea Party - 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF A BELOVED CHILDREN’S CLASSIC: In 1992, master toymaker, storyteller, and painter David Kirk created Miss Spider for his young daughter, Violet. Her fascination with the bug world and nature inspired him to create a story about a lonely spider who triumphs over rejection and fear through her goodness and love. Miss Spider’s Tea Party became an immediate bestseller and launched a book series that sold more than five million copies in twelve languages. “So why do insects run away, As they catch sight of me, When all that I am trying to do, Is ask them in for tea?” So wonders a solitary Miss Spider, unaware that her fellow bugs, terribly afraid of a creature so seemingly different, dare not even consider attending her party. Until, as events unfold, they see how gracious a spider she really is. For this story, his first picture book, David Kirk created 35 arresting paintings and original verse about an enticing arachnid and a host of other many-legged creatures. Readers of all ages can’t help cheering for Miss Spider in this engaging tale that may also be read as a counting book. Honors: Parenting magazine Best Book of the Year; National Parenting Publications Honor Book; Parents’ Choice Award-winner. Miss Spider and her family have won the hearts of children with their life-affirming outlook for a quarter of a century now. This gorgeous new edition of Miss Spider’s Tea Party celebrates Miss Spider’s success and welcomes the next generation of young readers.

  • Happy Birthday, Cupcake! - From the creator of Peanut Butter & Cupcake comes a birthday book starring everyone’s favorite dessert! What’s a cupcake to do when she needs to plan her birthday party? In this hilarious, kid-friendly homage to food and birthdays, Cupcake runs through tons of ideas while her best friend, Blueberry Muffin, finds reasons why they won’t work: Soup gets seasick; Donut melts in the sun; someome might get squashed during musical chairs; and Cupcake is not very good at limbo (her icing might get sliced off!). Just as Cupcake is ready to crumble, Blueberry Muffin has one last idea that just might save the day. With laugh-out-loud visual gags (like a band made up of beans–the musical fruit, of course), this book is sure to put a birthday smile on any kid’s face (and on adult faces as well).

  • The Tea Party in the Woods - Kikko sets out after her father with a forgotten pie for Grandma. When she arrives at a strange house in the wintry woods, a peek in the window reveals that the footprints Kikko had been following did not belong to her father at all, but to a bear in a long coat and hat! Alice in Wonderland meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charmed tale.

  • Snowmen at Halloween - The snowmen are getting their Halloween costumes ready for the latest picture book in this New York Times bestselling series. Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you’ve wondered . . . what do snowmen do when we’re not watching? After an early snowfall, a few kids build some snowmen before going trick-or-treating. And when the kids go off to bed, the snowmen have their own Halloween festival! There’s candy and apple-bobbing and costume contests and all sorts of autumn activities. When the kids wake up the next morning, the snowmen are gone… but they’ve left a very special message behind.

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The Best Birthday Present Ever
Written & illustrated by Ben Mantle
Thoughts from Grammy
Who hasn't agonized over the perfect gift for a friend? Poor squirrel wants to find the absolute perfect gift for his friend bear. The animal characters are charming, the pacing is perfect. Ben Mantel is spot-on describing bear's opening of gifts and that anxious moment when bear opens squirrel's gift and hasn't commented. It is a wonderful thing to know a friend so well that you really can choose "The Best Birthday Present Ever!" It might even be that the real gift is friendship.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Squirrel is super excited: he’s been invited to Big Bear’s birthday party! Now he just has to find the perfect present for his friend—but what can you give a bear who already has EVERYTHING? Squirrel searches and searches and chooses . . . a stick! As Bear unwraps his stack of gifts Squirrel begins to worry: is it enough? But with a little imagination, and a good friend, even the simplest stick can become magical. This funny, heartwarming story of friendship is a great gift—and not just for bears!

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Because of Winn-Dixie
Written & illustrated by Kate DiCamillo
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie. Featuring a new cover illustration by E. B. Lewis.

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Ghoulia and the Ghost with No Name
Written by Barbara Cantini
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Book #3 in this fully illustrated, not-so-spooky chapter book series starring everyone’s favorite little zombie Ghoulia, Auntie Departed, and Tragedy the greyhound are back for another adventure at Crumbling Manor! They’re preparing for the annual Dead but Not Departed New Year’s Eve party. A young ghost arrives, and he seems to be fading away. Turns out, the ghost has forgotten his own name and is in danger of vanishing entirely–all because there’s no one left alive who remembers him. Not on Ghoulia’s watch! If she can help the ghost figure out his name, she’ll be able to keep him safe. But will Ghoulia be able to discover the truth before it’s too late? With all the hijinks and Tim Burton-style art that made Books #1 and #2 fan favorites, Book #3 is sure to deliver!

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Happy Birthday, Geronimo!
Written by Geronimo Stilton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

When you’re with Geronimo Stilton, it’s always a fabumouse adventure!Geronimo is celebrating his birthday! He is out with his family when he realizes someone has replaced all of his money with counterfeit bills. Geronimo and Hercule set out to find the thieves!

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Mr. Marty Loves a Party!
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

With more than 23 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading! Put on your party hats! It’s time for a birthday celebration you’ll never forget in this fifth book in the My Weirder-est School series. A.J. is turning nine! So he’s inviting all his family, friends, and favorite teachers over for a backyard birthday bash. His parents even hire a popular party planner, Mr. Marty. But what happens when Mr. Marty accidentally orders rival clowns, a bubble blower, and even a singing cowboy to entertain guests? This will be one weird party! Perfect for reluctant readers and all kids hungry for funny school stories, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

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  • What If, Pig? - You’re not going to find a more heartwarming dynamic duo than Pig and Mouse! Join Pig as he learns how to turn his “what if worries from anxiety to optimism, all with the help of his loving friend Mouse.Readers will certainly empathize with Pig and his emotions. –Kirkus “Hunter’s picture book will draw its audience with vibrant colors, oh-so-adorable characters, and plenty of silliness” -Bulletin of the Center for Children’s BooksYoung readers will learn that being afraid is a common, temporary feeling, and that they can talk to others about it. –School Library Journal Mouse has never had a friend quite like Pig. Pig is so incredibly kind, fabulously fun, but he also has a big secret–he’s a tremendous worrier!When Pig gets the brilliant idea to throw a party for Mouse and their friends, he can’t help but think of everything that could possibly go wrong. After all, what if a lion eats all the invitations? What if nobody comes? Or worse, what if everyone comes and has an awful time?In this adorable story, Linzie Hunter’s charming, bright illustrations pair perfectly with her sweet and funny story about friendship and the endless wonder of what if that readers of all ages can relate to. This picture book is a great conversation starter in the home or classroom.

  • Bloom's Ball - Welcome to an enchanted land ruled by unicorn princesses!Cressida Jenkins, a unicorn-obsessed girl who is sure that unicorns are real, is invited to visit, and readers will be thrilled to journey to the Rainbow Realm along with her! In each story, Cressida is called to help a unicorn princess and her sisters in a magical adventure. In the third installment, Princess Bloom is busy preparing for her birthday party in the Magic Garden. When Cressida comes to help Bloom set up the final touches, they find a flock of quails destroying all the decorations. Bloom is devastated–her hard work is ruined! Can Cressida find a way to save the party? One thing is certain–she’ll need everyone’s help to do it! This sweet series is full of sparkle, fun, and friendship.

  • Elizabeth's Story, 1848 - Discover the chilling secrets surrounding Maggie O’Brien’s disappearance from Chatswood Manor in the third book of an irresistibly entertaining historical fiction mystery series. Elizabeth and Katherine Chatswood are on the verge of turning twelve years old, which means that the grandest birthday ball in all of England is just a few weeks away! Chatswood Manor is bustling with activity, but in the midst of all the excitement, an Irish refugee named Sean O’Brien shows up in search of his long lost wife Maggie, who was employed at Chatswood Manor many years ago. Mr. O’Brien is turned away by Chatswood’s stern butler, but not before Elizabeth and Katherine hear his story. Through Mr. O’Brien they also find out about the potato famine in Ireland, and are shocked and saddened to hear that so many people are suffering in a place that’s not that far away. The twins vow to not only help Mr. O’Brien find Maggie, but also to somehow help the people of Ireland. But how are two young girls in a manor home in England going to help starving people in Ireland? After their papa tells them it’s not their problem to worry about fixing, they have no choice but to come up with a very ambitious–and very top secret–plan. Meanwhile, as they investigate Maggie’s disappearance, they uncover some startling clues, which lead them to discover even deeper mysteries hidden within Chatswood Manor.

  • Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards - Hank’s sister Emily wants Ralph’s Reptile Show to perform at her birthday party more than anything, but Ralph is booked solid. So Hank comes up with a plan: he’ll disguise himself as a magician called The Westside Wizard and pull a snake from thin air! But when Hank’s true identity is revealed during his performance, his good deed might just turn into a huge disaster.

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The Mouse House
Written by Poppy Green & illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Excitedly attending her friend’s birthday party, Sophie becomes jealous when her friend receives a mouse house, a gift Sophie has always wanted.

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Captain Awesome Gets a Hole-In-One
Written by Stan Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Captain Awesome battles evil on the mini-golf course! Will the Sunnyview Superhero Squad be able to stop a cheater AND rescue a golf ball from a waterfall? Eugene, Charlie, and Sally are going mini-golfing! But there’s a hitch. They’re going mini-golfing for Meredith Mooney’s (aka Little Miss Stinky Pinky’s) birthday party. The Sunnyview Superhero Squad tries to make the best of the situation, but that situation turns sour when Meredith starts losing. Meredith does not like to lose–especially not to Eugene, who seems to be an awesome mini-golfer! Meredith’s spirits pick up when she begins to win…and continues to win. But WAIT! Did Meredith just tap the ball into the hole with her foot when no one else was looking? Captain Awesome has discovered her secret and is about to reveal her, but first he must rescue a golf ball from a treacherous waterfall of doom! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

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I Am Invited to a Party!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Am Invited to a Party! Piggie is invited to her first party. She doesn’t know what to wear, though, so she asks her best friend Elephant for help. Elephant’s advice is odd to say the least, so Piggie will try on all sorts of zany outfits before finally arriving at the party for a hilarious surprise.

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Curious George Goes to a Costume Party
Written by H. A. Rey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

George is excited to attend his first costume party, but there’s just one problem–he doesn’t have a costume! Will the mischievous little monkey be able to find the perfect one without starting too much trouble? Mrs. Gray’s party isn’t just any party–it’s a costume party, and George and the man with the yellow hat aren’t wearing costumes! No matter–there are plenty in an old trunk upstairs, and soon George is trying on all kinds of outfits. But it’s not long before George gets in the bed sheets. His new look may give the guests a scare at first, but in the end George is the life of the party!

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Ghoulia and the Mysterious Visitor
Written by Barbara Cantini
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

One dark and stormy night, Ghoulia’s cousin Dilbert comes to visit her at Crumbling Manor. She’s confused—she didn’t invite him, and it turns out that Dilbert’s a real grouch. He complains about everything! When Ghoulia tries to track down Auntie Departed to find out why she invited Dilbert, she finds that Auntie has vanished. Ghoulia can’t find her. And the doorbell won’t stop ringing. One after another, Ghoulia’s friends arrive—all with the same mysterious invitation in hand. As the gang searches Crumbling Manor for Auntie Departed, one of their own goes missing. Finally, Dilbert inadvertently solves the mystery in the greenhouse when he finds himself face-to-face with the sinister Chatterbox Ivy. Clue meets Little Shop of Horrors in this fun romp, which includes full-color illustrations and kid-friendly activities.

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  • Bird & Squirrel on Fire - Bird and Squirrel are finally home, but the adventure isn’t over yet!It’s been a long, crazy trip around the world. Now the duo is back in their beloved forest, and Bird wants to throw a party! But Squirrel isn’t in the mood to celebrate. His house needs a good cleaning, the river has been dammed up by a pesky beaver, and the forest animals are jittery about a growing menace. Will the dam dry out the forest? Will the mysterious new danger ruin the party? Will Bird finally convince Squirrel to let go and just have a good time? Find out in their hilarious new adventure!

  • Miss Bunny's Shapes - Explore and identify shapes in this stylish lift-the-flap board book from a standout new artist. Miss Bunny is having a party . . . and you re invited. But what kind of party will it be? That s the fun mystery that will entertain toddlers as they learn all about shapes. Featuring ravishing rabbits in bold designs, this supercool board book has cool flaps to lift on every page.

  • Whiskerella - Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is not the kind of princess who enjoys fancy dresses or extravagant parties. Cliff-diving, fractions, and whacking people with swords are more her thing. So when she’s forced to attend a boring ball in honor of a visiting ambassador, Harriet is less than thrilled–until a bewitchingly beautiful stranger arrives. Who is she? And where did she come from? The mystery leads to a not-so-wicked stepsister, an incontinent lizard, and a fairy’s spell that’s really more of a curse. Luckily, Harriet knows a thing or two about curses…

  • Yasmin the Chef - Yasmin’s family is hosting a big party, but Yasmin is worried that the traditional food her family is cooking is too spicy–so her family challenges Yasmin to come up with a dish of her own.

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Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl
Written & illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Rachel Renee Russell’s sequel to Dork Diaries is packed with adorable art and tons of laughs. Recipe for disaster: 4 parties. Add 2 friends and 1 crush. Divide by 1 mean girl out to RUIN Nikki. Mix well, put fingers over eyes, and CRINGE! Settled in at her new school and flanked by awesome friends Chloe and Zoey, life is looking up for Nikki Maxwell, especially since her crush, Brandon, asked her to be his lab partner–a seriously awesome development. However, when Nikki overhears mean girl MacKenzie bragging that Brandon’s taking her to the Halloween dance, a bummed Nikki signs on to spend Halloween at a kids’ party with her little sister, Brianna, instead. After she finds out Mackenzie was lying and her dream of going to the party with Brandon could be a reality, Nikki has two events to juggle . . . plus plenty of other entertaining trials and tribulations along the way!

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Eva's Big Sleepover
Written by Rebecca Elliott
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! It’s almost Eva’s birthday, and she can’t wait for her super-special sleepover. But one of her friends, Sue, doesn’t seem to want to come. It won’t be right without her there! Does Sue really not want to come? Or could she be having first-sleepover jitters? Eva will need to help Sue tackle her fear in time for the big party!

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Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle
Written by Jason F. Wright & illustrated by Ben Sowards
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Penny Paisley holds a party to present the family “Christmas Jar”–a jar in which her family has been saving spare change throughout the year–to an ailing neighbor, Grandpa Charlie.

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If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party
Written & illustrated by Jill Esbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

You never know what will happen when a “T. Rex” crashes your birthday party. Sure, you’ll be super excited when he turns up. But then he ll stomp. He ll ROAR. He ll wonder how you taste with a little mustard. In the end, though, you may find yourself asking him to come back next year! This delightfully whimsical picture book has a fun twist kids will love.”

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Lila and Myla the Twins Fairies
Written by Daisy Meadows
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Two fairies are better than one!Kirsty and Rachel are invited to a very special birthday party– it’s for children who are twins! There are doubles everywhere they look.One pair of twins is a little different than the rest. Lila and Myla are fairies– and they need Kirsty and Rachel’s help. Jack Frost has stolen their twin magic and is trying to double himself!Find the magic objects in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help save the twin magic!

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  • Isadora Moon Has a Birthday - Fans of Vampirina and the Princess in Black series will love Isadora Moon: half-fairy, half-vampire, totally unique–and ready for her first-ever human birthday party! Isadora Moon might be half-fairy, half-vampire, but she wants to have a totally normal human birthday party. She gives her mom and dad a list–cake, balloons, presents, and games. But when the invitations arrive on bats’ wings, Isadora worries that maybe her parents don’t know how to throw a human party. Which can mean only one thing: Isadora’s birthday is going to be anything but normal! Sink your fangs into all of Isadora’s adventures! Isadora Moon Goes to SchoolIsadora Moon Goes CampingIsadora Moon Goes to the BalletIsadora Moon Has a Birthday

  • Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower - In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers

  • Alfie Gives a Hand - Alfie is excited when he is invited to Bernard’s birthday party, though he feels a bit nervous about going on his own. But Alfie has such a great time that he finds he doesn’t even need his special blanket–and he makes a new friend too!

  • Dance at Grandpa's - With the My First Little House picture book series, the youngest readers can share in the joy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books in these illustrated adaptations of the beloved series! Laura, Pa, Ma, Mary, and baby Carrie are going to a party at Grandpa and Grandma’s house! There’s music, dancing, yummy food, and great company. It’s the best party Laura’s ever been to! Renee Graef’s illustrations are based on Garth Williams’ classic artwork.

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Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly
Written by Jane O'Connor & illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

NOW A HIT TV SERIES ON DISNEY JUNIORFancy Nancy thinks butterflies are simply exquisite. And that is why she can’t wait for her friend Bree’s Butterfly Birthday. It’s going to be the fanciest birthday party ever!But when Nancy finds out she can’t go because her grandparents’ fiftieth anniversary party is the same day, she is furious. (Mad is way too plain for how she feels.) How Nancy overcomes her disappointment and reconnects with her family is a fun and meaningful story for young readers.Perfect for fans of the Eloise and Olivia books. From the dazzling New York Times bestselling duo Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser.This edition is a hardcover without a separate jacket.Ooh la la! Fancy Nancy is starring in her own fabulous TV show on Disney Junior. READ THE BOOKS THAT STARTED IT ALL!Fancy NancyFancy Nancy and the Posh PuppyFancy Nancy: Bonjour, ButterflyFancy Nancy: Splendiferous ChristmasFancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion BoutiqueFancy Nancy and the Mermaid BalletFancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the UniverseFancy Nancy and the Wedding of the CenturyFancy Nancy 10th Anniversary EditionFancy Nancy: Saturday Night SleepoverFancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens

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Party Time
Written by Anh Do
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Meet Hotdog, the wiener dog, and his friends! In this colorful illustrated chapter book series, Anh Do introduces us to a small hero with a big heart.It’s Kev’s birthday, so Hotdog and Lizzie are throwing him a surprise party! There’ll be cake, games, and magic tricks! But will a rude rooster and a cranky donkey ruin the day?

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Faith the Cinderella Fairy
Written by Daisy Meadows
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
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Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party
Written by James Dean & illustrated by Kimberly Dean and James Dean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A groovy New York Times bestseller! From the bestselling Pete the Cat series, it’s a groovy pizza party that you don’t want to miss! It’s a party, a party, a perfect pizza party! That’s what Pete thinks as he piles the pie high with his favorite topping—pepperoni. But then his friends come over and add their own toppings to the pizza. Will Pete’s perfect pizza be ruined? There’s only one way to find out! In this hardcover picture book full of fun alliteration and tasty foods by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Kimberly and James Dean, Pete and the gang learn that the best kind of pizza is one you share with your friends.

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The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
Written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Inconvenient monster alarms, a sparkly array of princess guests, and spot-on slapstick pacing make for a party readers will celebrate. Today is Princess Magnolia’s birthday party, and she wants everything to be perfect. But just as her guests are arriving . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! Princess Magnolia runs to the broom closet, ditches her frilly clothes, and becomes the Princess in Black! She rushes to the goat pasture, defeats the monster, and returns to the castle before her guests discover her secret. But every time Princess Magnolia is about to open her presents, the monster alarm rings again. And every time she rushes back–an inside-out dress here, a missing shoe there–it gets harder to keep the other princesses from being suspicious. Don’t those monsters understand that now is not a good time for an attack?

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