Sure, Ninja Turtles may be cool, but they’re not exactly the theme you want plastered all over the pictures of your son’s 4th birthday party. Let’s think happy thoughts of parties featuring your child’s favorite literary characters. Books provide themes that can be cutesy, or a little more epic for the older ones, but super fun either way. Take a look at these 15 book-themed parties that you’ll want to recreate this year and the next.

hungery caterpillar party

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar: We know that your little one is growing just as fast as this little hungry caterpillar. Pull out this adorable theme before they become butterflies. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)

curious george party

2. Curious George: Who can resist the smartest, most curious monkey around? Just be sure you get a big yellow hat for Dad to wear for pictures. (via PopSugar)

winnie the pooh party

3. Winnie the Pooh: Choosing this sunny classic for your party theme will delight not only your little Winnie-the-Pooh lover, but also all your family and friends. (via Crosswhite Photography)

peter rabbit party

4. Peter Rabbit: Break out all the pastels you can find to make your Peter Rabbit garden party a true success. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)

wild things party

5. Where the Wild Things Are: Whatever else your wild rumpus party includes, it must have crowns for all the kids attending. We insist. (via Hostess With The Mostess)

clifford party

6. Clifford the Big Red Dog: For the little darlings who can’t get enough furry friends, we guarantee they’ll enjoy a party packed with the face of the biggest, reddest, most lovable dog around. (via Pizzazzerie)

mouse cookie party

7. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Speaking of furry friends, this mouse will say, “Milk and cookies for all!” Talk about a perfect (and easy) alternative to birthday cake. (via Cookie Mondays)

pinkalicious party

8. Pinkalicious: If you use this theme for your daughter’s birthday party, everything must be pink. No exceptions. (via How Does She)

peter pan party

9. Peter Pan: Thinking of happier things is the same as having wings. So putting together a Peter Pan birthday party where your child gets to be the hero is just what he (or she) needs to fly. (via Hostess With the Mostess)

Dr. Seuss party

10. Cat in the Hat: You’ll find them up. You’ll find them down. You’ll find them over the moon for this Dr. Seuss-themed birthday party. (via Confections of a Foodie Bride)


11. Madeline: Hopefully your little Madeline has 11 other friends to share her birthday cake and take pictures with. (via The Little Umbrella)

alice in wonderland party

12. Alice in Wonderland: If your little darling is all about lace and teacups, putting on a party of wonderland proportions is just the ticket to make her eyes sparkle. (via Teapots and Tulle)

harry potter party

13. Harry Potter: There are seriously so many good ideas for a party featuring our favorite wizard — we almost couldn’t handle it. (via Catch My Party)

hunger games party

14. Hunger Games: Sorry to break it to you, but your tweens probably don’t want a Peter Rabbit birthday party. We think The Hunger Games is probably more up their alley. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)

library party

15. Library Party: Can’t decide which book to choose? Take a little of all their favorites and combine them into one epic library birthday party. (via Ruffles and Stuff)

Have you ever given your child a book-themed birthday? Tell us all the details below!