Cake Day

A young boy and his grandma bake a cake together. When the cake is finished, it’s not just any cake – it’s his birthday cake! Young children will love experiencing the different steps in baking a cake: helping to find the supplies, measuring, combining the ingredients and finally, after the cake has cooled from baking – decorating the cake! Comes with the cake recipe used by Grandma.

Illustration by Estelle Corke, © 2016 Star Bright Books

Illustration by Estelle Corke, © 2016 Star Bright Books

Includes a note from early literacy and language expert Dr. Betty Bardige that shows adults how everyday activities and conversation with young children offer rich opportunities to build early language. To see more language-building tips from Dr. Bardige you can visit Early Childhood Investigations.

To see more of Estelle Corke’s artwork you can visit her at

“A wonderful reminder to all adults that using rich vocabulary and extending conversations can be part of any activity and is critical to preparing the children you love for success.”
– Sarah E. Walzer, CEO, ParentChild+

“Ellen Mayer’s language-rich and playful story of a small child and his grandmother baking together is a wonderful introduction not only to reading but to the type of full-sentence conversational modeling that improves and increases literacy. The steps to baking the birthday cake flow organically and lyrically through the loving relationship between the little boy and his grandma, enticing young readers to learn more about the world around them and how it works. The repeated phrases “Cake day! Bake day!,” and “Ready, Grandma?” as well as the boy’s short statements offer opportunities for kids to read along and learn new vocabulary as they develop important language skills.” – Kathy Lynn of

“[Cake Day has] a certain cozy charm.” Jen Robinson’s Book Page

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ISBN 978-1-59572-746-6 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-59572-747-3 (Paperback)
Illustrated by Estelle Corke
Published by Star Bright Books, 2016
Picture Book, 32 pages
For ages 2-5


photos by Nathaniel Novod