Birthdays Around the World

Written by Margriet Ruurs
Illustrated by Ashley Barron
Series: Around the World

Bookcover - Birthdays Around the WorldEveryone in the world has a birthday. But birthdays are not celebrated in the same way everywhere. Meet Mercedes in Peru, who eats a cake and a purple pudding called mazamorra morada. Ieva in Latvia is raised in the birthday chair, one lift for each year. And rather than celebrating his own birthday, Phúc Khang in Vietnam joins in the festivities during Tet, when everyone in the country turns one year older.

Based on interviews with real people, award-winning author Margriet Ruurs tells the unique stories of how seventeen children from all around the globe celebrate a birthday, including how they each say happy birthday in their native language.

Following the memorable stories, children are invited to compare their own birthday traditions with the ones they've learned about in the book. Birthdays can be a yearly highlight and a shared experience for children, which make them a perfect subject for introducing different customs around the world.

As with all the titles in the bestselling Around the World series, this fascinating book provides cross-curricular applications in language arts, global studies and geography. Ashley Barron's beautiful cut-paper collage artwork adds a contemporary, stylized feel to the pages. Enriching the reading experience are a world map that pinpoints all the locations of the children in the book; a two-page spread containing six activities that facilitate a closer reading of the text; and a glossary containing translations, pronunciations and foreign scripts for the foreign words and phrases in the book.

ISBN-13: 978-1-77138-624-1 | Sep 5, 2017
List Price: USD $18.99, CAD $19.99
4-color 9 x 12 40 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7


An easy, enjoyable way to start thinking about similarities and differences around the world.
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2017

... a good choice for introductory conversations about cultural differences.
— School Library Journal, July 2017

“... a cheerful, inviting introduction to birthdays.
— Booklist, July 2017

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