Birthday books and party cakes for kids.

There are lots of picture books for young kids about having a birthday. We have selected a few more recent ones available. We also found some great books about birthday cakes. There are some Birthday Cake books that never go out of fashion and the Australian Women’s Weekly have cornered the market with their spectacular ideas built up over the years. Originally published in 1980 and reissued recently, the one by Maryanne Blacker and Pamela Clark with the brightly coloured train on the cover is a masterpiece!

Books about Birthdays to read:

Where's Wally Party Time CoverWhere’s Wally? Party Time Activity Book

by Martin Handford (Walker Books RRP$14.99)

It’s time to party with Wally and his friends at a brilliant bash filled with balloons, presents, clowns, cakes and games galore. This activity book has oodles of things to search and find, plenty of puzzles to solve and over 100 super stickers!

The Tiger who came to teaThe Tiger Who Came To Tea Party Book

by Judith Kerr (HarperCollins RRP$19.99)

The Tiger has been coming to Tea for 50 glorious years! Now for the first time you and your littlie can hold your own Tiger Tea Party with this very special book containing everything you need for the perfect party!
Containing planning tips, invitations, decorations, party games, recipes and much, much more, for the first time the Tiger is there to help you hold the perfect tea party. Based on the classic character and story from the one and only Judith Kerr.

Happy BDay WombatHappy Birthday Wombat

by Jackie French & illustrated by Bruce Whatley (HarperCollins, p/b RRP$14.99)

She eats, she sleeps, she scratches. But today it’s Mothball’s birthday and it’s time to celebrate. Mothball is back — with birthday cake! (Carrot, of course.)

The Birthday CoverThe Birthday

by Hans Fischer (Walker Books RRP$25.99)

When Lisette goes to the village on her birthday, her dog, Bello, and the other animals get to work. The cats bake a cake, the chickens lay extra eggs, the goat picks flowers for the birthday table, and the rabbits find seventy-six candles. When Lisette returns in the evening, she is surprised by the animals welcoming her to a festive table.

This book is a Swiss classic originally published in 1965. Illustrator Hans Fischer’s captivating story—about Old Lisette and her many animals that throw a surprise birthday party for her—has charmed generations of children. Hans Fischer, who always signed himself as Fis, died in 1958.

Pete The catPete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party

by James Dean (HarperCollins, h/b RRP$34.99)

It’s a party, a party, a perfect pizza party!

That’s what Pete thinks as he piles the pie high with his favourite 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 the New York Times bestselling team of Kimberly and James Dean, Pete and the gang learn that the best kind of pizza is one you share with your friends.

Sometimes Cake CoverSometimes Cake

by Edwina Wyatt & illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie (Walker Books RRP$24.99)

This is the story of two friends learning the joy of celebrating the every day because sometimes it’s important to enjoy things like Tuesdays, coconuts, orange and purple, and lions.

Written and illustrated by local Aussies, every child will respond to the idea of celebrating all of the days that aren’t his/her birthday. For fans of Freya Blackwood, Anna Walker, Polly Dunbar lions, and cake will warm to this timeless, classic story of friendship

Party TimeParty Time!

by Play School (HarperCollins, eBook RRP$9.99)

Featuring the much-loved characters from Play School in a heartwarming story about the importance of friends. Big ted is having a fancy dress party and has invited all his friends. Guess what all the Play School friends will be wearing – and who will get the biggest surprise!

The book is out of print but you can still find versions of it around or you can listen to a reading on YouTube

Happy Birthday Maisy CoverHappy Birthday, Maisy

by Lucy Cousins (Walker Books RRP$19.99)

Cards, presents, balloons … it’s party time! Join Maisy and her friends in a fun interactive adventure, with flaps to lift and tabs to pull on every page. Walker Books is proud to present this extra-special 30th-anniversary edition of the classic pop-up story – originally published in 1998.


Books for Parents who might need help with that Birthday cake!

Great British Bakeoff PartyGreat British Bake Off: Children’s Party Cakes & Bakes

by Annie Rigg (Hachette h/b RRP$41.99; eBook $19.99)

Whether you are a novice cook or a skilled baker, take your pick from recipes for lions, fortresses, snow queens, rockets, and crowns. Recipes for sweet and savoury treats will complete your perfect birthday party. There’s something for every age, from toddler to teen, so you can turn to the book again and again.  A guide for parties to remember!

Children’s Birthday Cake Book

40th Anniversary Edition. by Maryanne Blacker and Pamela Clark. From The Australian Women’s Weekly (Are Media h/b RRP$19.99, p/b RRP$12.90) Celebrate its 40th anniversary with this special hardcover edition.

For baby boomers, this is the go-to kid’s party cake book from the 20th century! Who can forget the duck cake with it’s beak of potato chips, to the jelly-filled pool cake and cover-worthy train cake, there are decades of treasured memories between the pages of the Children’s Birthday Cake Book.

original-AWW-Party-book-coverThere is also a Collectors’ Cookbook: Vintage Edition by Maryanne Blacker and Pamela Clark (Are Media p/b RRP$14.99)

Did your original copy of this well-fingered book end up like a shaggy dog? Here is a special version of the original one. They have had to make a minor change – four of your favourites are missing, but they’ve been replaced by other cakes you’ll love just as much. Apart from that, it is a true collectors’ cookbook. Now you can recreate your favourite cakes – the swimming pool, rocket and that train from the cover for your own child.

AWW kids-cookbookKids Cookbook

From The Australian Women’s Weekly (Are Media p/b RRP$34.99)

These easy-to-make recipes will have aspiring young chefs bursting to get into the kitchen to whip up something delicious to eat. This book will show kids how to make simple breakfasts, snacks, lunches and dinners for the family, and cakes, biscuits and desserts, too.

Awesome cakes for KidsAwesome Cakes for Kids

From The Australian Women’s Weekly (ACP Publishing p/b RRP$34.99)

Updating The Cake for kids parties comes this 21st century colourful, easy-to-create, imaginative and crazy kids’ birthday cakes, with generations having fond memories of eagerly selecting their chosen cake before each year’s birthday celebration. Over 140 Cakes – Includes Puzzles, Games and Craft.
Showcasing the best-ever Fantasy, Adventure, Animals, Playtime and Numbers cakes, there’s a huge choice for girls and boys, young and older, bringing the magic to a new generation eager to festoon their parties with fondant creepy crawlies, exploratory spacemen, fire-breathing dragons and cuddly cats.

More Info and Main image: The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cakes

Note: some of these books are available online or as an eBook and prices will generally be lower than the RRP.