"This coloring book is AWESOME! In all of Rosie Flo's books, there are gorgeous dress designs to color, plus you add your own head, hair, arms, legs and feet. In this one, all the dresses are designed from kitchen inspiration (think whisk, forks, wedding cakes, etc.) Almost too pretty to let your kids color."
"Only the most charming book about blueberry pie ever. This friendly little household elf will do anything to let his people know he wants some blueberry pie. Charming vintage illustrations, and a timeless story about pie-loving."
"What a TREAT! Rooster is a descendant of The Little Red Hen (yes, THAT one) and chooses to make a strawberry shortcake recipe out of her handed-down cookbook. The usuals won't help so he enlists other, less expected, helpers who do their best and define teamwork in a slapsticky way. As with all the best books on this list, RECIPE included in the back!"
"We loved the first in this series, "Urban Babies Wear Black", especially when we lived in NYC. Now I see the series has expanded, and while our kids do occasionally wear black - so flattering on everyone! - THIS book describes our kids best. I love the pages that says and shows, "Foodie babies know their way around the kitchen." So true!"
"What a gem. "A panda cake, a panda cake! Mama is making a panda cake!" As you read, you find out a panda cake is a special cake, and when the ingredients end up coming from all the neighborhood animals instead of the store, you find it becomes more than the sum of its parts!"
"We ADORE this book! It's Grandma's birthday and Granddad is set on making her a WHOPPER CAKE. The language and pictures are hilarious as Granddad ignores the recipe and throws in as much of everything as he likes. And the best part? At the end is a real recipe for a real Whopper Cake (in a 9x13 pan.) We've made it and it's DELICIOUS!"
"Only loosely about baking - really making fresh lemon ices in the snow - but I love this book so much I'm including it. The illustrations are unparalleled and the story wonderful and fun, touching on sisters, snow fun, food, and intergenerational bonding."
"I have been building our Christmas book collection for a few years. In this catchy rhyming cartoon Grinch type story, a Snitch goes around swiping all the cookie sprinkles in town. A little boy hunts him down (by following the trail of sprinkles) and explains how much grief he has caused. He feels bad and together they bring sprinkles back to Christmas."
"Wow, this book is so full of comfort. Babushka uses the distraction of making a cake during a thunderstorm to calm her granddaughter's fear of the thunder. And in the process, guides the granddaughter through several tasks that then prove how brave she is. What a wonderful Babushka - and unusual recipe! It's included in the back."
"What a classic from Tomie DePaola. Wordless, it tells the story in pictures of Betty (that's what we call her), who wakes up craving pancakes. Despite constant problems (out of eggs, out of milk, out of syrup, etc.), Betty persists and finds a way to make her desires reality."
"Betty is my kind of girl (but not the kind I want my daughters to be!) She loves chocolate cake sooo much, she wants to marry it. She has a very hard time waiting for her after-dinner piece, so she gets a tough lesson in patience...kind of."
"This is a favorite from 6 months to 6 years old in our family. It's the story of a tradition - the family goes apple picking, experiences the joy and fun of a day in the orchard, then comes home and whips up a bunch of goodies with them! Just like we do!"
"Well if this book doesn't teach your kid to count, and make him/her want to become a baker as well, I don't know what will. It rhymes, the pictures are DELECTABLE, and the baker just looks so thrilled to be doing what he does! Makes me want to make all that stuff, too, or at least eat it."
"My dream book! Math and baking. Lots and lots of cakes. Exponential division and multiplication. A wise lion king. And really nice art. Simple enough for small children, interesting and complex enough for older ones."
"Wonderful way to combine baking and geography into one book. Plus how often do kids know where ingredients really come from? Brings an age-appropriate world view to something as simple as making an apple pie. Beautiful colorful illustrations."
"I hesitate to include this one because it's almost a little creepy. Kind of twilight-zone-ish. That pie has extremely strange powers over the neighborhood. Don't think I would read this to my own kids - they are easily freaked out - but others might enjoy it and the pictures are nice. My favorite is of Ma & Pa Brindle throwing all kinds of sweets into the giant pie. Truly a sweet dream."
"Pamela is the family cow who goes to great lengths to gorge on pears. Until the family gets an idea to overload her with pear dishes. Funny to see how it ends. Not sure why the English/Japanese is the only available edition. My 5-yr-old loves this book."
"One rainy day, Mom says, "Let's make cupcakes," and that's where the story begins. What a super idea! Unfortunately things get out of hand when they color them pink and the little girl eats way too many. Eventually she has to even things out by eating everything green she can find. Super cute, especially for little girls."
"While a berry pie cools on the windowsill, Dad swings baby outside. Then they "pick" him from the tree, wash him, powder ("sprinkle sugar"), and put to bed under blankets ("crust".) Sweet, rhyming bedtime story, especially for pie lovers."