12 Poems about Birthdays and Baby Days!

In The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations,
you’ll find 12 poems for Birthdays and Baby Days
(special days in the life of a child), including
poems that celebrate:

A Korean First Birthday ceremony
A Happy Adoption Day
An ode to self-love
A baking birthday
A noisy birthday
A pet’s birthday
A piñata party
Birthdays for twins
A Navajo baby’s First Laughter
A birthday that falls on a holiday
A birthday that celebrates resilience
—and an UN-Birthday too!

Birthdays and Baby Days – Highlights

Navajo First Laughter

Everyone tries to be the first to make a Navajo baby laugh; the first one to succeed wins the honor of hosting the baby’s First Laughter celebration. Learn about this fascinating tradition in “First Laugh, Navajo Baby” by Rose Ann Tahe and Nancy Bo Flood

Picture Book Pairing: Baby’s First Laugh by Jessie Eve Ruffenach (or First Laugh, Welcome Baby by Rose Ann Tahe and Nancy Bo Flood)

Korean First Birthday

When a Korean baby turns one year old, a First Birthday ceremony is held where objects are presented for the baby to choose. Linda Sue Park wrote a poem about this for The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, called “What Will You Choose, Baby?” Watch a video of the ceremony.

Picture Book Pairing: Henry’s First-Moon Birthday by Lenore Look

A Shared Birthday – Twins

Celebrate a double birthday with “Recipe for a Twin Birthday” by Renee M. LaTulippe! For a different look at “celebrating twice,” here’s a poem about a child with two homes, “Double the Trouble” by Janet Wong from The Poetry Friday Anthology (in a Common Core edition and a TEKS edition).

Picture Book Pairing: Ling & Ting Share a Birthday by Grace Lin