Sweet Treats, Sweet Reads

Summertime and the living is easy – the hustle and bustle of the school year is over, and the hot weather and slower pace mean more time for dessert! There’s nothing quite like licking a refreshing ice cream cone while walking down the sidewalk on a sunny day, except for maybe curling up with a good book and a cookie while sitting on the porch. Either way, books and food go hand in hand, and there are various kinds, ranging from cookbooks to stories about cooking contests, friendships forged in the kitchen, and more. Whichever you choose, the following list is guaranteed to make you smile and immediately head to the kitchen to whip up your own delicious summer dessert.

To find more books about sweet treats, try searching the catalog using a combination of subject terms like “juvenile fiction” for fiction books or “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books along with “baking,” “cooking,” “bakeries,” “cooks,” or other food related terms.

Cali, Davide.
Good Morning, Neighbor. 2018 (Picture Book)
One morning, a mouse wanted an omelet, and went to ask his neighbor Blackbird to borrow an egg. However, Blackbird didn’t have one either, instead producing flour and suggesting that they go ask his neighbor, Dormouse, for an egg so they can make a cake. And so the delicious dream is born, and readers follow along as the ever-growing parade of animals ask their neighbors for the needed ingredients. With soft illustrations created in earth tones and repetitive narration, this soothing book about sharing helps readers see the power of what can happen when you contribute to the greater good of the group.
[S-Collection Q. SE. C12823go]

Good Housekeeping.
Kids Bake! 100+ Sweet and Savory Recipes. 2018 (Nonfiction)
This very accessible cookbook provides recipes for young bakers who are ready to whip up some delicious treats. The introduction goes over basic baking rules, like the types of equipment, common ingredients, measurements, nutrition information, vocabulary, and safety in order to make sure that kids are ready to go in the kitchen. The mouth-watering treats shown in beautiful photos include Swirl Brownies, Raspberry-Lemon Pound Cake, Fluffy Apple-Cheddar Biscuits, and more. Your taste buds better be ready for a rollercoaster of flavor with these recipes!
[S-Collection S.641.815 K541]

Hopkinson, Deborah.
Independence Cake: A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons, Whose True History is Unfortunately Unknown. 2017 (Picture Book Based on a Real Person)
The details of Amelia Simmons’ life are “lost, simmered away in the pot of time,” but we do know that she was the author of America’s first cookbook. This picture book imagines the details of her life, where perhaps she was orphaned and sent to help Mrs. Bean around the house with her six sons, who gratefully lets Amelia experiment with the cooking to her heart’s content. The bright pastel colors and fun turns of phrase related to the colonies and cooking bring Amelia’s dreams to life, and the cherry on top is when she is chosen to bake a cake for President Washington’s inauguration. The recipe for Independence Cake and an author’s note only add to this delectable delight of a book.
[S-Collection Q. SE. H777i]

Janowitz, Jessie.
The Doughnut Fix. 2018 (YA Novel)
Tristan loves to cook, with the added bonus that he is better at it than his “Gifted and Talented” younger sister Jeanine. Life is pretty good, especially with chocolate chip cookies, but when his parents decide that they’re moving to the middle of nowhere, all seems hopeless. Things start looking up when Tristan sees a sign that says, “Yes, we do have chocolate cream doughnuts!”, but even that betrays him when he discovers that the owner hasn’t made them in years. Tristan feels like the only thing he can do to make things better is get the recipe, make the doughnuts himself, and have his own doughnut stand. Can he run a successful business all on his own?
[S-Collection S. J2643do]
If you like this one, look for the sequel, The Doughnut King!

Leone, Dee.
Dough Knights and Dragons. 2017 (Picture Book)
In this rhyming picture book that is perfect for a read aloud, a knight discovers a hidden kitchen in the forest with unique ingredients, so naturally he can’t resist making a stew. When the dragon owner returns, he asks for a share of the dinner, beginning a forbidden friendship founded on their love of cooking and creating new recipes. However, tradition states that when they come of age, a knight must kill a dragon and a dragon must eat a knight. When the unlikely pair discover a unique loophole to their terrible predicament, they work to bring the two feuding species together through food, for they know that the best friendships are forged in the cooking fire.
[S-Collection Q. SE. L5537d]

Nelson, Suzanne.
Cake Pop Crush (Wish #1). 2016 (Middle Grades Novel)
Alicia Ramirez loves baking, and her specialty is cake pops. Unfortunately, her traditional father disapproves of the trendy treat and refuses to serve them at the family bakery, Say It With Flour. However, when new kid Dane McGuire shows up and his rich CEO father opens a new branch of a fancy chain coffee shop across the street, Alicia hopes that her father will see how she can help keep the family business alive. The coffee shop is threatening their business, especially with Dane’s homemade treats. A bake-off challenge begins as Alicia and Dane fight not only for the title of cake-pop master, but for their family businesses as well. Readers will love the heaps of drama and cooking excitement, the realistic and heartwarming family relationships, and the dash of romance.
[S-Collection S. N3314c]

Neuschwander, Cindy.
Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert: A Math Adventure. 2013 (Teaching Picture Book)
Part of the Sir Cumference Math Adventure series, this delightful picture book is full of math puns and wordplay, helping kids learn without realizing it. Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter need to select a dessert for the Harvest Faire, and so begins a baking contest between Pia of the French city of Chartres and Bart Graf of Germany. The townsfolk vote on their favorites, and Pia and Bart experiment with different methods of collecting their data to see who wins. This fun, fictional origin story of pie charts and bar graphs will entertain readers while exposing them to math concepts.
[S-Collection S.516 N398siro]

Remington, Laurel.
Secrets and Scones. 2018 (Middle Grades Novel)
Scarlett hates being star of her mom’s popular parenting blog, so she secludes herself, ending friendships and stopping activities so that there is nothing for her mom to write about, but it gets boring really fast. When an unfortunate accident leaves an elderly neighbor recovering in the hospital, the screech of a hungry cat lures Scarlett to the empty house and the most amazing kitchen she has ever seen. Unable to resist, she is soon baking a batch of scones from a handmade cookbook she found and forming a secret cooking club with a new friend. This exciting read follows Scarlett as she tries to keep her baking and friendship a secret from her nosy mom while also exploring her own identity.
[S-Collection S. R284se]

Simon, Coco.
Sunday Sundaes (Sprinkle Sundays #1). 2018 (Middle Grades Chapter Book)
Allie, Sierra, and Tamiko are best friends, but when Allie’s parents get divorced and she moves a town away, she’s scared of losing their friendship. So when her mom fulfills her dream of opening an ice cream shop, Allie thinks it would be a fantastic idea for her, Sierra, and Tamiko to work there together on Sundays to be able to spend some time together, and the Sunday Sundaes are born. However, it’s still hard dealing with new classmates and teachers, and readers will resonate with Allie’s realistic middle school feelings about change, friendship, and loneliness. This fun story is full of book references from bookworm Allie, delicious ice cream flavors to make your mouth water, and fantastic friendships both old and new.
[S-Collection S. Si531sssu]
Be sure to check out other books in the series, also found in the S-Collection! Cracks in the Cone #2, The Purr-fect Scoop #3, Ice Cream Sandwiched #4, and Sprinkles Before Sweethearts #5.

Strohm, Stephanie Kate.
Love à la Mode. 2018 (YA Novel)
Rosie Radeke is from East Liberty, Ohio, and while she loves to bake, never dreamed that she would be good enough to attend celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s cooking school. Henry Yi, on the other hand, grew up in the kitchen of his dad’s restaurant in Chicago and dreams of being a professional chef one day. They embark on the adventure of a lifetime, full of challenging cooking and academics, new friendships, and the amazing sights of Paris, desperate to prove themselves while navigating their newfound feelings. Readers will discover that if you take two teenage chefs and add an amazing opportunity at an elite cooking school in Paris where delicious food, pastries, and possibilities are everywhere, then you have the perfect recipe for romance.
[S-Collection S. St873lo]

Sink Your Teeth into a Sweet Read: Books about Candy

There are many wonderful things about living in this country, but one of the most wonderful might be that June is National Candy Month! Now that is something worth celebrating. Sweets have long been beloved by young and old alike, and there seems to be a treat out there for just about everyone. It’s not surprising that there are also countless books about candy ready to be devoured, especially for young readers. This list provides a delectable selection of candy-licious stories, from characters who will stop at nothing to get their hands on something sweet to the history of our love for sugary treats. For even more books about candy, try searching the keywords “candy,” “sweet,” or “chocolate” with the phrase “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books and “juvenile fiction” for fictional works. Related searches such as “baking,” “cooking,” “cookies,” “cake,” “ice cream,” or “dessert” will discover even more sweet reads!
Picture Books
Alvarez, Cynthia.
The Candy Land Mystery. 1994.
When the wicked Lord Licorice casts a spell that makes King Kandy’s castle disappear, the Candy Land Kids must use their noses to find the cinnamon scent that will lead them to the king.
[SSHEL S Collection SE.AL86C]

Fisher, Valorie.
When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy. 2008.
After meeting her mysterious neighbor, a young girl plants a candy garden, with delicious results.
[SSHEL S Collection and the Center for Children’s Books]

Houston, Gloria.
But No Candy. 1992.
While her Uncle Ted is off fighting in World War II, Lee watches the candy gradually disappear from the shelves of her family’s store and realizes that her entire world has changed.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. H8182B]

Lowery, Linda and Richard Keep.
The Chocolate Tree: A Mayan Folktale. 2009.
Retells the legend of Mayan king Kukulkan, who goes against his brother’s wishes and gives his people an amazing chocolate tree.
[SSHEL S Collection S.398.2 L953c]

Meadows, Daisy.
Layla the Cotton Candy Fairy. 2014.
The Sugar & Spice Fairies’ magic protects sweet treats in both Fairyland and the human world. When mean Jack Frost steals the fairies’ delicious magical items, dessert everywhere takes a sour turn. When Layla the Cotton Candy Fairy’s charm goes missing, the girls are in a sticky situation. Will Rachel and Kirsty find Layla’s magic in time? (Part of the Sugar & Spice Fairies Series.)
[SSHEL S Collection S. M4618la]

Perelman, Helen.
Rainbow Swirl. 2012.
Raini the Gummy Fairy is disappointed that her friends do not care as much as she does about winning first prize at the upcoming Candy Fair, but when a big storm disrupts Raini’s plans, her friends are loyal and true. (Part of the Candy Fairies Series.)
[SSHEL S Collection S. P4147r]

Rey, Margaret and H. A.
Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory. 1998.
George’s curiosity causes a problem at the chocolate factory, but his quick thinking and speedy action on the assembly line help save the candies.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. R328cc]

Stainton, Sue.
The Chocolate Cat. 2007.
A clever cat helps his owner, a chocolate maker, to discover the magic in his work and together they transform a colorless town into a place of beauty and happiness. Includes facts about the history and production of chocolate.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. St15ch]
Intermediate and Young Adult
Bosch, Pseudonymous.
This Book Is Not Good for You. 2009.
In this tooth-rotting adventure, Cass’s mom has been kidnapped by the evil dessert chef and chocolatier, Senor Hugo! The ransom…the legendary tuning fork. Can Cass and Max-Ernest find the magical instrument before it’s too late? Will they discover the evil secret ingredient to Senor Hugo’s chocolate success? (Third book in the Secret Series. Follow it up with more chocolate-related shenanigans in This Isn’t What It Looks Like, the fourth book in the series!)
[SSHEL S Collection S. B6507t]

Dahl, Roald.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 1964.
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
[SSHEL S Collection and the Center for Children’s Books S. D137C]

Davies, Jacqueline.
The Candy Smash. 2013.
Jessie and Evan Treski are at opposite ends over the right to keep secrets. Evan believes some things (such as his poetry) are private. Jessie believes scandal makes good news. When anonymously sent candy hearts appear in Class 4-0, self-appointed ace reporter Jessie determines to get the scoop on class crushes. (Fourth book in the Lemonade War Series.)
[SSHEL S Collection S. D2873c]

McDonald, Megan.
Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker. 2006.
Seven-year-old Stink Moody discovers that he can get free samples by writing letters to candy companies and plans a surprise for his best friend’s birthday.
[SSHEL S Collection S. M145sti]

Selfors, Suzanne.
The Sweetest Spell. 2012.
Scorned in her Flatlands village because of a deformed foot, Emmeline Thistle’s life changes when she is taken in by Wanderlands dairy farmers and discovers her magical ability to make chocolate, which is more precious and rare than gold or jewels in the kingdom of Anglund. Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.
[SSHEL S Collection and the Center for Children’s Books S. Se486sw]
Gillis, Jennifer Blizin
Milton Hershey: The Founder of Hershey’s Chocolate. 2005.
Milton Hershey didn’t invent chocolate candy, but he made it a popular treat. People around the world eat Hershey’s chocolates. Milton made a lot of money, but he always shared it with others. He built a town and an amusement park for his workers. He started a school for disadvantaged children, too.
[SSHEL S Collection SB. H572g]

Love, Ann and Jane Drake.
Sweet! The Delicious Story of Candy. 2007.
Through time and across continents, stories of sweets and their inventors intrigue and entertain us. Learn about primal sweets — from honey, sweet milk, and nuts to sugar candy, chocolate, and “sweet” stories of success.
[SSHEL S Collection S.641.853 L941s]

Markle, Sandra.
Chocolate: A Sweet History. 2005.
Complete with recipes, a guide provides an informative review of the history of chocolate by explaining where it originated, how it was originally used and by whom, how it is grown and processed, how it came to be made into tasty treats in modern times, and more.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 641.6374 M341c]

Morganelli, Adrianna.
The Biography of Chocolate. 2006.
Mouth watering pictures illustrate this delicious new book on one of the world’s favorite foods. All about chocolate: where it comes from, how it’s made, how it gets to the store.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. S.633.74 M823b]

Rice, Karen.
Does Candy Grow on Trees? 1984.
Describes some of the plants used in making candy.
[SSHEL S Collection S.641.853 R363D]

Stewart, Melissa.
No Monkeys, No Chocolate. 2013.
When you think of chocolate, you might think of a candy bar, a birthday cake, or a glass of chocolate milk. But where does chocolate come from? This book tells about the cocoa bean, which grows in tropical rain forests, and how the animals and other living things play an important part; even the monkeys.
[SSHEL S Collection and Center for Children’s Books Q. S.633.74 St497n]

Swain, Ruth Freeman.
How Sweet It Is (and Was): The History of Candy. 2003.
Candy has always played an important and mouthwatering part in holiday celebrations as well as day-to-day life. Here is a collection of little-known facts, including how many kinds of candy came to be.
[SSHEL S Collection and the Center for Children’s Books S.641.8 Sw14h]

Tunnell, Michael O.
Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot”. 2010.
After World War II the United States and Britain airlifted food and supplies into Russian-blockaded West Berlin. US Air Force Lieutenant Gail S. Halvorsen knew the children of the city were suffering. To lift their spirits, he began dropping chocolate and gum by parachute.
[SSHEL S Collection and the Center for Children’s Books SB. H197t]

Wolf, Laurie Goldrich and Pam Abrams.
Candy, 1 to 20. 2011.
Readers will devour this delicious counting book from lollipops to licorice strings, from 1 to 20!
[SSHEL S Collection S.513.5 W8312c]