Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish blog tour

Wish #6 You must close your eyes

When you make a birthday wish, you must close your eyes. 

Do you still make birthday wishes? When is the last time you blew out the candles for your birthday? I honestly cannot remember the last time I blew out birthday candles! However, it is such a blessing to see kids celebrate their birthdays and experience that excitement with them just like we did when we were kids!

In Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld’s new picture book, Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish we learn about all the rules of the birthday wish and it is ADORABLE! This book would be the BEST birthday gift for a child, in fact, I kind of want to purchase a few copies to keep on hand for birthday gifts! Books are my favorite gifts to give someone of any age!

About a month ago, my daughter turned three and we planned a Peppa Pig-themed birthday part with all her favorite people. It ended up snowing several inches on her birthday weekend and we were worried that we were going to have to cancel the party. 

We told her that some of her friends might not be able to make it to her party because the snow made the roads hard to drive on.
She closed her eyes and I braced myself for a meltdown and then … she opened her eyes and said, “Ok!” Which seems to be her go-to answer if you give her a solid reason why. If you just say, “because” and not tell her the real reason why, she will meltdown. 

I wondered though ... was she making a wish when she closed her eyes? A birthday wish maybe? Well, if she was making a wish, it came true because her friends came over wearing snow gear and carrying sleds and everyone had a blast sledding in our front yard! Thank goodness for four-wheel drive vehicles! 

Definitely check out this sweet book. The rules are perfect and the little extra reasons why behind each rule really add to the story, I know my daughter appreciates the reasons ... ;)  I could definitely see this being read at a birthday party before blowing out the candles or in the classroom before sharing birthday treats. 

Be sure to hop on over to the blogs below and check out the rest of the rules for the birthday wish! And next time you blow out the candles, make sure you close your eyes! It’s the rule!

February 4 – Storymamas – Birthday Wish 1
February 5 – Dream Reader Kids – Birthday Wish 2
February 6 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – Birthday Wish 3
February 7 – Think Grow Giggle – Birthday Wish 4
February 8 – Gravity Bread – Birthday Wish 5
February 12 – What’s A Kid to Read – Birthday Wish 7
February 13 – Lu and Bean Read – Birthday Wish 8
February 14 – the.book.report – Birthday Wish 9
February 15 – Dad Suggests – Birthday Wish 10


A joyful picture book that celebrates every kid's favorite day of the year, full of adorable art from the illustrator of Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site and I Wish You More
     The most important rule is #1: It must be your birthday. 

After that's been established, a crew of hilarious animals help picture book pros Tom Lichtenheld and Beth Ferry take readers through a joyous romp that covers the most important elements of every year's most essential holiday, including singing; closing your eyes and making a wish; blowing out candles on a cake, then settling into bed and dreaming of your wish coming true.


Beth Ferry is the author of many picture books including the New York Times bestseller, Stick and Stone, also illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. She has celebrated all but four of her birthdays in New Jersey where she lives and writes by the beach. Her favorite birthday dessert is chocolate cake with chocolate icing, but she also enjoys cannoli and cream puffs and churros. Since her birthday is in the winter, she almost always wishes for summer. You can learn more at www.bethferry.com.

Tom Lichtenheld doodled his way through school then worked as a sign painter, set designer, printer and art director. After a long career in advertising, he accidentally stumbled into the job he was always meant to do - creating children's books. Tom's books are noted for their humor, expressive characters and rich - sometimes hidden - detail. He's known for creating books that appeal to children and adults alike, and his wide portfolio offers something for every age. In his spare time, Tom enjoys riding his bike, eating chocolate, and getting other peoples' kids all wound up then sending them home. You can find him at tomlichtenheld.com and @tlichtenheld.


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