Best Children's Books About Baking

51 Children's Books About Baking

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Dough Knights and Dragons book
#1
Dough Knights and Dragons
Written by Dee Leone and illustrated by George Ermos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In a mythical kingdom, a knight and a dragon cook up a delicious plan to save their friendship! In Dough Knights and Dragons, a curious knight and an amiable dragon meet serendipitously, and instantly bond over their shared love of baking. But the friends are filled with sadness when, according to the law, the two must duel one another. Can the unlikely pair find a way to evade the law, save their friendship, and spread good throughout the land? Kids will devour this scrumptiously clever tale!

Strega Nona's Magic Lessons book
#2
Strega Nona's Magic Lessons
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This delightful new edition of Tomie dePaola’s beloved classic stars Strega Nona at her trickiest—and bumbling Big Anthony at his silliest! Bambolona is tired of working in her Papa’s bakery. There is far too much to do! So she decides to go to wise Strega Nona and learn a little magic, instead. But here comes Big Anthony. He wants to learn, too…if he doesn’t make a big mess of things first!

Rabbit Pie: The Perfect Recipe for Bedtime book
#3
Rabbit Pie: The Perfect Recipe for Bedtime
Written and illustrated by Penny Ives
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A bedtime story about six adorable rabbits.

Bagel in Love book
#4
Bagel in Love
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Helen Dardik
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

Poor Bagel! He dreams of entering the Cherry Jubilee dance contest . . . but no one wants to be his partner! Can he find a sweet-tart who doesn't think his steps are half-baked? Bagel loved to dance. It made him happier than a birthday cake! And more than anything, he wants a partner who will spin and swirl, tap and twirl with him in the dance contest. But Pretzel sniffs that he doesn't cut the mustard, Croissant thinks his moves are stale, and Doughnut's eyes just glaze over. Can a cute cupcake save the day for our would-be Fred clair? Witty and pun-filled, this picture book really takes the cake.

Who Made this Cake? book
#5
Who Made this Cake?
Written by Chihiro Nakagawa and illustrated by Junji Koyose
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Little people use BIG machines to make a GIANT birthday cake! Imagine an industrialized Lilliput. Imagine today. Imagine an enormous construction site. Imagine a birthday cake like no other. What if the people you order your next birthday cake from are tiny, and what if they build cakes the way we build buildings? Tractor-trailers and giant cranes, catwalks, and helicopters. Hundreds of workers. Never have you seen such a construction site in this Horn Book Fanfare Award winner!

Kick! Jump! Chop! book
#6
Kick! Jump! Chop!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In a tale reminiscent of The Gingerbread Man, Sensei bakes a Ninjabread Man to spice up the sparring in his dojo, and the new cookie is undefeated until a fox appears.

The Cherry Thief book
#7
The Cherry Thief
Written and illustrated by Renata Galindo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Chef Armand's cakes are famous for the delicious red cherries that adorn each one. But when the cherries start disappearing, he sets a trap to catch the thief, with unexpected results! What will he do with the culprit, and is there a long-term solution that will make everyone happy? A charming debut picture book filled with very visual humour.

Baking with Dad book
#8
Baking with Dad
Written and illustrated by Aurora Cacciapuoti
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Today we're baking with Dad! We have everything we need, including the most important ingredient - Dad himself! But who are we baking for? And who's going to do the clearing up?

The Wolf Who Visited the Land of Fairy Tales book
#9
The Wolf Who Visited the Land of Fairy Tales
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Wolf has decided to make an apple cake for this spring’s tea party. There is only one problem: he doesn’t know how to bake! On his way to find help, Wolf meets some interesting characters: a girl in a red hood, three little pigs, a little red hen, and others. Why are they all afraid of him? Will he make it to the party with a cake? is new translation will enchant children and parents alike with its quirky introduction of various fairy tales. It even includes a real recipe for Wolf ’s apple cake at the end of the book!

The Secret Cookie Club book
#10
The Secret Cookie Club
Written and illustrated by Martha Freeman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Friends make everything better—and so do cookies!—in this warm-hearted novel in the tradition of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, with a middle grade dash of sugar and spice. The campers in Flowerpot Cabin have nothing in common. There’s Grace, the quiet one. Emma, the boss. Olivia, the drama queen. And Lucy, the artist. But one stormy night they come together in the camp kitchen. Baking was their counselor Hannah’s idea to finally get the girls to get along. Now, as they bite into their warm sugar cookies that they’ve made together, they finally seem to be friends. But summer doesn’t last forever. And if the bond is going to survive the long school year, these kids will need a plan, a plan that just might require cookies. So, once camp ends, they stay in touch. First Lucy sends Grace chocolate chip cookies to help her cope with a mean girl at school. Then Grace sends Emma frosted sugar cookies to help her solve the mystery of missing family photos—and Olivia and Lucy get cookies of their own. While they’re at it, the girls just might decide to send their friend Vivek some cookies too.

Spot's Thanksgiving book
#11
Spot's Thanksgiving
Written and illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Give thanks with Spot in this holiday board book! It’s Thanksgiving, and Spot wants to make a pumpkin pie. Everyone celebrates together as his whole family helps prepare the treat!

A Gingerbread Christmas book
#12
A Gingerbread Christmas
Written by Courtney Acampora and illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A sweet holiday treat! Get ready for the holidays by joining mama and baby bear as they bake gingerbread men! A Gingerbread Christmas is a small and sweet board book that can be used as a gift tag or Christmas ornament. With adorable illustrations, simple rhyming text, and fun die cuts, this mini-book is sure to become a holiday favorite.

The Way the Cookie Crumbled book
#13
The Way the Cookie Crumbled
Written by Jody Jensen Shaffer and illustrated by Kelly Kennedy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

"Become a History of Fun Stuff Expert on the super-sweet history of cookies and amaze your friends with all you've learned in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read!"--Provided by publisher.

Anna, Banana, and the Recipe for Disaster book
#14
Anna, Banana, and the Recipe for Disaster
Written by Anica Mrose Rissi and illustrated by Meg Park
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Anna and Banana must cook up a solution when her jealousy gets her into some hot water in the sixth book of this “fast-paced, fun, and funny” (Megan McDonald, bestselling author of the Judy Moody series) illustrated chapter book series about the joys and challenges of elementary school friendships. After watching the contestants on The Batter-Up Bake-Off Show whip up sweet treats, Anna, Isabel, Sadie, and Banana are ready to put their culinary chops to the test. The plan? To make the best-ever cookie recipe for the town library’s bake sale! There’s only one problem: Isabel and Sadie have started hanging out with a girl named Monica, and suddenly she’s all they can talk about. Anna’s sure she, Sadie, and Isabel are complete as a trio, and winning the bake sale will prove it. But when Monica shows up with Sadie and Isabel for their big baking day things quickly turn from sweet to sour. Can Anna win back the attention of her two besties, or will she learn that friendship—like cookies—is best when shared?

Let's Pretend Chef's Kitchen book
#15
Let's Pretend Chef's Kitchen
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This Let's Pretend set is a fantastic creative play pack for budding chefs, with a story board book and 15 sturdy play pieces in a plastic clamshell. The pieces can be used to fit into the spaces in the book or for imaginative play. With a saucepan, spatula, pizza base and toppings, children will have fun rustling up a pretend meal, while the illustrated board book shows chefs in the kitchen using utensils and making meals, with fun things to find. There's information, too, about what each utensil or food stuff can be used for. Let's Pretend Chef joins other hugely successful Let's Pretend sets: Builder's Tool Kit, Firefighter, Race Driver Set, Princess Party Set, and Animal Rescue.

Angel & Elf: Christmas Cookies book
#16
Angel & Elf: Christmas Cookies
Written and illustrated by Sam Williams
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

What could be a nicer gift than sparkling, sweet-smelling cookie ornaments? That's what Angel and Elf give to their good friend Christmas Tree to trim her beautiful branches. Now she looks good enough to eat! Unfortunately, when baby snowbear sniffs that delicious scent of nutmeg and cinnamon, he thinks so too. But not only does he take the cookies, he also grabs Christmas Tree's shiny star. Will Angel and Elf find it in time for Christmas?

The Birthday Cake book
#17
The Birthday Cake
Written and illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Despite many difficulties, Farmer Pettson is determined to celebrate his cat's birthday by baking a pancake birthday cake.

Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake book
#18
Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake
Written and illustrated by Jeff Mack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Mr. Monkey bakes a cake. He can’t wait to win a ribbon! But first he has to carry it to the contest. What could possibly go wrong?

Froggy Bakes a Cake book
#19
Froggy Bakes a Cake
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s Froggy’s mother’s birthday, and Froggy wants to bake her birthday cake all by himself. He gathers the chocolate, the sugar, the eggs, the flour, and pretty soon, Froggy has all the ingredients he needs to make?a big mess! Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz have collaborated on the six previous Froggy books, and they’ve cooked up another winner here, sweetened with generous helpings of Froggy humor and charm.

Campfire Cookies book
#20
Campfire Cookies
Written and illustrated by Martha Freeman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The girls from Flowerpot Cabin are back at camp in Martha Freeman’s second novel in the Secret Cookie Club series, which was called “a younger version of Ann Brashares’s The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” by School Library Journal. Recipe for Summer Drama 1 girl counselor, broken-hearted 1 boy counselor, super-cute 4 determined campers Mix all ingredients together for eight weeks at Moonlight Ranch summer camp. For best results, add cookies. The Secret Cookie Club members Grace, Emma, Olivia, and Lucy are excited to be back at Moonlight Ranch summer camp with their beloved counselor, Hannah. But when a mysterious letter arrives, Hannah is plunged into despair. Secret Cookie Club to the rescue! After puzzling out the contents of the letter, they make a plan to fix Hannah’s life—a plan that requires a magic spell, a daring mission to the boys camp, and a big batch of campfire cookies. What could possibly go wrong? With a dash of romance, a pinch of mystery, and a heaping tablespoon of fun, this camp adventure is as satisfying as a warm chocolate chip cookie.

Cracks in the  Cone book
#21
Cracks in the Cone
Written and illustrated by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Allie must find a balance between being a boss and being a friend in this second delicious book in the Sprinkle Sundays series from the author of the Cupcake Diaries series!

The Winner Is . . . book
#22
The Winner Is . . .
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Two talented junior chefs have sliced and diced their way into the finale of Next Best Junior Chef. This week's theme: innovation. Which junior chef will rise to the top and earn the title of Next Best Junior Chef? And whose goose is cooked? Two contestants compete on- and off-camera, but only one will win the whole enchilada. This is a finale you won't want to miss! Bonus: includes real cooking techniques for the aspiring young chef!

P.S. Send More Cookies book
#23
P.S. Send More Cookies
Written and illustrated by Martha Freeman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The girls from Flowerpot Cabin learn that there are two things they can count on in life—friendship and cookies—in Martha Freeman’s third novel in the Secret Cookie Club series, which was called “a younger version of Ann Brashares’s The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” by School Library Journal. It’s not all sugar and spice for the girls of Flowerpot Cabin after they leave summer camp. Grace learns she isn’t good at everything when she gets volunteered to dogsit, Emma’s mom has a hard time when her beloved grandmother dies, Olivia’s brother makes a big announcement that starts a family feud, and Lucy isn’t sure how she feels when her dad pops back into her life. Meanwhile, beloved counselor Hannah continues to deal with the fallout from a summer romance. But no matter what tough stuff comes their way, there are two things the members of the Secret Cookie Club can count on: friendship and cookies.

Five Little Monkeys 5-Minute Stories book
#24
Five Little Monkeys 5-Minute Stories
Written and illustrated by Eileen Christelow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Eight exciting adventures with the five little monkeys are packed into one beautiful treasury. Each story can be read aloud in just five minutes! There's plenty of monkey business in this collection of eight funny stories about the five little monkeys by best-selling author-illustrator Eileen Christelow. Come along with the lovable monkeys on their mischievous adventures as they do everything from jump on the bed to bake a cake to tease a hungry crocodile--and much more. With a padded cover, full-color illustrations, and stories that can be read aloud in just five minutes, this is the perfect book for bedtime, storytime, anytime!

Sugar Secrets book
#25
Sugar Secrets
Written by Helen Perelman and illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Join Princess Mini on all of her princess adventures at the Royal Fairy Academy in this second super-sweet Aladdin QUIX story. Princess Mini’s adventures at Royal Fairy Academy continue. A class assignment for Parent Day has Mini worried her candy creation won’t be sugar-tastic enough for her royal parents and even her cousin Prince Frosting wants to make sure his treats stand out. Help arrives when Gobo, Mini’s secret troll friend, comes to the rescue with sweet surprises for the two fairies.

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