Birthdays are special times! They are important to children because it is a day to remind them how loved and special they are, that they have been created in the image of God and that we are so grateful to have them in our lives.
We celebrate by telling our children how much we love them, naming specific things we appreciate about them, remembering times we shared with them, looking forward to what is to come in the next year and praying for God’s blessing in their lives.
Two of my favorite Scriptures to use to pray over my children are:
- “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
- “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father.” (Colossians 1:9-12)
Here are some fun books to read with young children or as a family as part of your birthday celebrations:
Little Miss Muffet’s Count-Along Surprise by Emma Chichester Clark
Taking the traditional nursery rhyme of Little Miss Muffet, the author creates clever rhymes to bring many animals and items to a celebration of Little Miss Muffet’s birthday… With a surprise ending!
Click, Clack, Surprise! by Doreen Cronin
Join the barnyard animals to celebrate a birthday! Repetitive text keeps young readers engaged. Both of my children were delighted by this book – and the funny twist at the end is something they still remember and recite!
Happy Birthday, Curious George by Emily Meyer
This book is very cute and has various poems about the aspects of Curious George’s birthday that every child will relate to. The illustrations are modeled after the original Curious George books published in the 1960s, which I like, and the book doesn’t include anything too silly or disobedient on George’s part. 😉
Note: In the classroom, you can read one of these books on your birthday or to honor the birthdays of students in any given month.
Please comment with any birthday books you’ve read or special birthday traditions in your family!