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Looking for a list of the best children's books about candy?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to candy. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about candy.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about candy, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory to popular sellers like Candy Shop War to some of our favorite hidden gems like Nana Cracks the Case!.

We hope this list of kids books about candy can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Nana Cracks the Case!
Written by Kathleen Lane & illustrated by Sarah Horne
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Nana is not your ordinary grandma. She never wears cloppy shoes, drinks prune juice, or worries about slippery surfaces. Eufala and Bog’s nana would much rather join the circus, work as a backhoe operator, or maybe become a detective. Which is exactly what happens in this very funny chapter book. When Nana answers an ad in the local newspaper for a detective, she arrives at the police department just in time to investigate the theft of one entire case of delicious Yumdums candy. Can one little old lady find a way to save the day and stop the candy thief from striking again? <p/>Look for more adventures starring Nana, Eufala, and Bog coming soon!

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Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory
Written & illustrated by H. A. Rey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

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Are You Eating Candy without Me?
Written by Draga Jenny Malesevic & illustrated by Charlotte Bruijn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In this delightfully illustrated picture book, readers explore the original FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) as four children imagine what wild, zany, and impossible adventures the adults in their lives must surely get up to when they are not with them.

Four different children from three different families ponder what the adults in their lives do during the day. Are they jumping on trampolines? Are they eating cake and ice cream while riding birthday ponies? Are they eating candy with other adults? After a series of hilariously illustrated and wildly imaginative scenarios, readers learn an important lesson: The adults who love them think about them constantly and are most definitely, certainly, ABSOLUTELY . . . not eating candy without them. Or are they?

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Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

One peppermint stick. Two sisters. See sibling rivalry turn to sweet solidarity.

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Layla the Cotton Candy Fairy
Written by Daisy Meadows
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

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.

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  • Monica the Marshmallow Fairy - Join Rachel and Kirsty on their sweetest-ever fairy adventure! <p/>Kirsty and Rachel are delighted to be invited to Fairyland for the annual Candy Harvest. But when Monica the Marshmallow Fairy’s magical object goes missing, they find themselves in a sticky situation! Can the girls defeat Jack Frost in time to save the Fairyland Sweet Factory from a bitter end?

  • Owen's Marshmallow Chick - “My favorite,” said Owen when he saw the marshmallow chick. “My favorite,” you will say when you read this book.

  • Candy Shop War - Magical candy that gives kids superpowers? Sweet! The possibility of evil overtaking the world? Not so tasty. And so begins The Candy Shop War, a trilogy from the #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series. <p/>Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the…unusual side. In this start to the series, four young friends–Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon–meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies: Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise. <p/>In addition, the ice cream truck driver, Mr. Stott, has arrived with a few enchanted sweets of his own. But what about the mysterious man in the dark overcoat and fedora hat? And why are all these “magicians” trying to recruit Nate and his friends? Who can they trust? <p/>The mystery deepens and the danger unfolds as the four of them discover that the magical strangers have all come to town in search of a legendary, hidden treasure–one that could be used for great evil if it fell into the wrong hands. The kids, now in over their heads, must try to retrieve the treasure first. And so, the war begins…

  • Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker - Spurred by a newfound awareness of false advertising, Stink Moody becomes the proverbial kid in a candy store as his letter-writing campaign yields him heaps of free rewards (ages 5-8). When Stink buys a mammoth jawbreaker that doesn’t break his jaw, he writes a letter of complaint to the manufacturer - and receives a ten-pound box of 21,280 jawbreakers for his trouble! This unexpected benefit of acing the art of letter-writing in school sure gets Stink thinking. Soon Stink is so preoccupied with getting free stuff sent to him that he overlooks a scribbly envelope in the mail pile - until his best friend, Webster, starts acting standoffish and looks as mad as a hornet. In this hilarious new episode from Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds, Judy Moody’s shorter sibling truly comes into his own. As a delightful bonus for both teachers and kids, thirty-six common idioms - from “two heads are better than one” to “a leopard can’t change its spots” - are sprinkled throughout the story; seven of the idioms are humorously illustrated by Stink, and all are listed at the end to inspire a search for idioms that’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

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Candy Factory Mystery
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

When Grandfather's friend Mrs. Winkles needs some extra workers at her candy factory, the Boxcar Children are thrilled to help. What could be more fun than spending their days making candy? But working in the factory isn't as sweet as they expected. Workers are quitting, machinery is breaking down, and mysterious threatening messages are appearing on the candy hearts. It looks like someone is sabotaging Mrs. Winkles's candy!

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Party Fairies #4: Honey the Candy Fairy: A Rainbow Magic Book
Written by Daisy Meadows
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Party Fairies’ magic is missing — and the Fairyland jubilee is going to be a flop! This is our tenth group of Rainbow Magic fairies; all seven books in the group will be released at once. <p/>It’s party time! A big bash for King Oberon and Queen Titania is underway in Fairyland. The Party Fairies keep everything running smoothly, until Jack Frost’s goblins steal their magic party bags. Now parties everywhere aren’t festive — they’re a flop!<br> Kirsty’s local candy shop is a mess. Could Honey the Candy Fairy’s missing magic have something to do with it? What a sticky situation!<br> Find the magic party bag in each book and save celebrations everywhere!<br>

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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Written by Roald Dahl & illustrated by Quentin Blake
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG!

The Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company certainly doesn’t. They don’t need a pail, either, because they have a pelican with a bucket-sized beak. With a monkey to do the washing and Billy as their manager, this business is destined for success. Now they have their big break—a chance to clean all 677 windows of the Hampshire House, owned by the richest man in all of England! That’s exciting enough, but along the way there are surprises and adventures beyond their wildest window-washing dreams.

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Harriet's Halloween Candy
Written by Nancy Carlson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

It's Halloween, and although sharing might be okay the rest of the year, on this day Harriet's determined not to share her treats with her little brother, Walt. She is running out of places to hide her stash, and there's only one thing she can do... Hariet's hilarious--and tummy-aching--solution will delight everyone who reads this comical tale of a hard lesson learned. This 20th anniversary edition of a Halloween classic is now in a larger format.

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Trouble at Table 5: The Candy Caper
Written by Tom Watson & illustrated by Marta Kissi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

From the author of Stick Dog comes the first book in a highly illustrated early chapter book series about three best friends whose plans, missions, and schemes are sure to shake up their school.

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  • Julius's Candy Corn - When can waiting<br />for a party be both<br />a trick and a treat?<br />Just ask Julius!<br />

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