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Best Children's Books About Cheese

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“You can’t make everyone happy. You’re not cheese.” - Anonymous

Okay, okay, while cheese may not make EVERYONE happy, we’re pretty sure these awesome books featuring cheese will. Some books feature the time-honored “mice love cheese” stereotype to great effect, as it is reinvented time and time again from Caldecott Honor classics such as <a href=”” target=”_blank>Anatole to more modern takes such as <a href=”” target=”_blank>Space Mice. Others use cheese to turn classic fairy tales on their head, such as The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.

As you can see, this list of kids books about cheese is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about cheese, please share it with us! We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected]

Space Mice
Written by Lori Haskins Houran & illustrated by Priscilla Alpaugh
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When two hungry mice spot a giant yellow ball of cheese in the night sky, they get right to work building a rocketship so they can take a big bite out of that glowing full moon. After sailing through starry skies, the mice arrive at the feast of their dreams—and soon the moon isn’t so full anymore! Simple, rhythmic text makes this a great read-aloud for future astronauts.

Written by Eve Titus
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

An oldie but a goodie! I love that Anatole has a growth mindset, and rather than accepting the status quo, he seeks to improve himself and be a contributor by sharing his talents in a productive way (while still providing for his family!)

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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family—but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note—“good,” “not so good,” “needs orange peel”—and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed—but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward—if only they could find him…

Little Elliot, Big Family
Written & illustrated by Mike Curato
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

When mouse heads off to his family reunion, Elliot heads out for an adventure and sees many families enjoying time together; that’s when he misses mouse. Luckily, we soon see that even though mouse has 15 brothers and 19 sisters and even more aunts, uncles and cousins, there is still room for Elliot to have a bowl of grandma’s cheese chowder and feel like he is part of the family. A very sweet story about friendship and family.

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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Mouse heads off to a family reunion, Little Elliot decides go for a walk. As he explores each busy street, he sees families in all shapes and sizes. In a city of millions, Little Elliot feels very much alone-until he finds he has a family of his own!

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Written by Jon Scieszka & illustrated by Lane Smith
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I remember loving these short parodies of classic fairy tale stories—a stinky cheese man in place of a gingerbread man or chicken licken instead of chicken little. The book is full of character and humor, like the table of contents falling all over the place, the interaction between the story characters and Jack (the narrator), and Jack’s endless, repetitive story to escape the giant, and the interruptions from the little red hen.

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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

The Great Cheese Robbery
Written & illustrated by Tim Warnes
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
  • The curse of the cheese pyramid - I’m off to Egypt! I climbed onboard a crabby old camel that would take me across the desert to the Great Cheese Pyramid. There, among mummies and hieroglyphics, I would learn the secret of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient Mouse World….

  • The Great Cheese Robbery - A band of tiny squash-bucklers go on adventures of epic proportions in this start to a brand-new chapter book series about pocket-sized pirates! In the junk shop at the end of the street is a dusty old ship in a bottle. And when the world isn’t watching, a tiny pirate crew comes out of the ship to explore. They aren’t much bigger than a matchstick, but they have a HUGE appetite for adventure! When a band of mice kidnaps Jones, the ship’s cat, and ransoms him for cheese, the Pocket Pirates spring into action. But to get the cheese, they must venture to the freezing cold place where it’s always winter…the place called Fridge. Can the Pocket Pirates survive their perilous journey and get their ship’s cat back?

  • Basil and the Big Cheese Cook-Off - Named one of “13 Detective Book Series You Obsessed Over as a Kid” by Buzzfeed and the inspiration for a hit Disney film, the masterful Great Mouse Detective is back and scurrying off to Paris to discover who’s threatening the organizers of the Great Cheese Cook-off! Basil the mouse detective is called to Paris when the organizers of the Great Cheese Cook-off (an international culinary competition) start receiving threats against the event. Who could want to deprive all of mousedom of one of its tastiest nights? Basil immediately suspects Ratigan, who has escaped yet again and was seen lurking around Paris (and who, perhaps, holds a particular grudge against the event’s organizers). He sets off on his investigation at the event’s location, the Parisian College of Cooking (where local foodie mice hide out and take advantage of the school’s kitchens after the human students have departed each evening). But Basil is baffled when circumstantial evidence shows that it couldn’t have been his old enemy after all. With one suspect crossed off the list, it’s up to Basil to find out what’s going on—before those anonymouse threats ruin the Cook-Off—for good!

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