The Birthday Book is inspired by the classic Mexican birthday song “Las Mañanitas” (The Mornings), which is sung to wake up a child on his/her birthday. This celebratory song is a fixture at every birthday party, and the best way to welcome a great day. In this book, we celebrate the birthday bunny from the moment his friends wake him up right on through his birthday celebration!
“The illustrations enhance the opportunity for second language enrichment. They are brightly colored with prominent yellows and blues, and include several flaps for children to lift and further interact with this delightful little book…A great addition to bilingual preschool classrooms and public library collections.”
School Library Journal
“The high-quality construction and simple elegance of the book make it excellent for a gift for a beloved child. The book comes in a sturdy box for added protection. A free app provides provides grown-ups and kids alike with the tune that accompanies the song, so there’s no need to worry if you don’t know it already.”
Ashley Hope Pérez, Professor of Comparative Literature, Ohio State University, Latinos in KidLit
“A delightful and energetic read-aloud or sing-along, especially during bilingual storytimes… The rhythmic, rollicking tune is as catchy as can be… absolutely charming.”
Songs & Lyrics
The Birthday Book
Today’s the day, and it’s the morning you get treated like a king. ‘Cause this morning, it’s your birthday, your praises we’re gonna sing.
Come on, it’s time to wake up now. Come see how the day turns bright. All the sparrows sing about you, the moon has gone nighty-night.
Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David, hoy por ser tu cumpleaños, te las cantamos a tí.
Despierta, mi bien, despierta, mira que ya amaneció, ya los pajaritos cantan, la luna ya se metió.
Cumpleaños feliz, te deseamos a tí. Cumpleaños amiguito que los cumplas feliz.