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when’s my birthday?
where’s my birthday?
how many days until my birthday?

i’d like a big cake on my birthday
with lots of chocolate on my birthday
and lots of candles on my birthday
1,2,3,4,5, and 6!

In this enthusiastic celebration of all things BIRTHDAY, acclaimed author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson come together to bring you the perfect birthday book! Join our excited narrator as she lists all the things that will make her birthday the BEST birthday.


Julie Fogliano has spent her entire life re ading children's books. Now she stays up way too late writing her own books while eating cereal. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their three children. They make her very tired, but give her lots of good ideas. So far they have included And Then It's Spring, for which she won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; If You Want to See a Whale; When Green Becomes Tomatoes, recipient of four starred reviews; and Old Dog Baby Baby with art by Chris Raschka.

Christian Robinson's award-winning books for young readers include Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, which was an NAACP Image Award nominee. His Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street was a New York Times bestseller as was his latest book School's First Day of School (written by Adam Rex) which also earned six starred reviews. This is his second book for Roaring Brook Press.


★ "In an infectious, bouncy rhythm, Fogliano and Robinson playfully capture the antsy excitement for birthdays in a pitch-perfect kid voice....There might be a more perfect picture book about birthday's out there, but you'd be hard pressed to find it."—Booklist, starred review

"A gift of a picture book that's at once nostalgic and fresh." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Birthdays are hard to wait for, but now there's a book to read while counting down the days." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Buoyant and perfectly childlike, meant to read aloud with gusto and a keen sense of urgency." - School Library Journal, starred review

"A strong read-aloud that invites the reader to practically sing the words." - The Horn Book, starred review

"Robinson's signature style—bold collages depicting kids and animals in blocky shapes—is the ideal vehicle for Fogliano's frolicsome text, and the two together evoke a quintessentially childlike glee, which adults will recognize and little ones will revel in." - The Bulletin, starred review

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We at MCPG love birthdays and think everyone should have a chance to celebrate their special day—especially INDIE BOOKSTORES!

We at MCPG love birthdays and think everyone should have a chance to celebrate their special day—especially INDIE BOOKSTORES! Each year that a bookstore is open is a year that they are providing their community with a welcoming meeting place, the perfect book recommendations, and the opportunity to learn—and read!—something new. If that isn't something to celebrate, we don't know what is!

We are inviting you to sign up and tell us your store's birthdays so we can send you a gift and some materials to help you celebrate your store's big day. Complete the form below, and your store will receive a digital toolkit to help you throw a birthday celebration in store, and a gift at the beginning of your store's birthday month.

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Stores that sign up will receive a digital toolkit and a message to look for a special surprise in the mail at the beginning of their birthday month while supplies last.


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