The celebration of birthdays provides teachers the opportunity to recognize and honor each child, thereby nurturing feelings of self-esteem. When combined with birthday celebrations, booktalks on literature selections related to birthdays are recommended to promote emergent literacy as well as self-esteem. Examples that demonstrate different booktalk formats are given in this article. At the end of the article are additional suggested titles on which teachers may do birthday booktalks.
Norton, T. L., & Anfin, C. S. (2003). Birthday Booktalks: Fostering Emergent Literacy and Self-esteem in Young Children. Reading Horizons, 43 (3). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol43/iss3/4