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Chocolate: Books For Kids

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

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ― Linda Grayson

Sounds about right to us…but we’d add “and a book!” to make that statement even more true. We’re calling all chocolate lovers because we’ve rounded up the best children’s books about chocolate! These stories are sweet, fun, and informative, and we hope you love them almost as much as you love the real deal. :)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Written by Roald Dahl & illustrated by Quentin Blake
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
We had so much fun with this book. It is a book beyond all imagination. It gets all the wheels spinning in our little boys' minds. They love hearing all the descriptions of the chocolates and candies. And it is especially encouraging that little Charlie Bucket is such a good and caring boy that has good returned to him in every sense of the word.
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
From the author of The BFG and Matilda! Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!
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Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake
Written by Michael Kaplan & illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I generally like Betty Bunny and her adventures. :) This book is funny, silly, and also talks about patience. Plus, it's all about chocolate cake!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
From her first bite, young Betty Bunny likes chocolate cake so much that she claims she will marry it one day, and she has trouble learning to wait patiently until she can have her next taste.
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Love Monster and the Last Chocolate
Written & illustrated by Rachel Bright
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
A heart-warming story about a monster's decision to share or not share his chocolates. It's a little slow at first, but the ending comes with an unexpected twist that makes you quite like the Love Monster and his thoughtful friends.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
When Love Monster comes home from vacation, he discovers a box of chocolates on his doorstep. He knows he should share it with his friends, but what if there's none left for him after everyone has a piece? What if they take his favorite-the double chocolate strawberry swirl? And even worse-what if the only piece left is the coffee-flavored one? Ick! In the end, Love Monster learns that sharing with friends is the sweetest treat of all.
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Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory
Written & illustrated by H. A. Rey
Thoughts from The Goodfather
Curious George is a great option for a fun adventure, but mix in a chocolate factory and you really have a sweet story. It's always fun to see how George's curiosity will lead to a little unintended mischief, and George's tour of the chocolate factory is no exception. As always, it's also fun to see how George ends up doing more good than any harm he accidentally caused.
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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Lilly's Chocolate Heart
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I think I agree with Lilly...the best place to keep your chocolate for safekeeping is in your stomach! :) This board book is a cute, simple, chocolatey read that's great for Valentine's Day!
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
Lilly loves her chocolate heart. Will she save it? Forever and ever? What do you think?
This Book Is Not Good for You book
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Candy Bomber book
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No Monkeys, No Chocolate book
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The Chocolate Sundae Mystery book
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  • This Book Is Not Good for You - From her first bite, young Betty Bunny likes chocolate cake so much that she claims she will marry it one day, and she has trouble learning to wait patiently until she can have her next taste.

  • Candy Bomber - “World War II was over, and Berlin was in ruins. US Air Force Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen knew the children of the city were suffering. They were hungry and afraid. The young pilot wanted to help, but what could one man in one plane do?”—Dust jacket flap.

  • No Monkeys, No Chocolate - Everyone loves chocolate, right? But how many people actually know where chocolate comes from? How it’s made? Or that monkeys do their part to help this delicious sweet exist? This delectable dessert comes from cocoa beans, which grow on cocoa trees in tropical rain forests. But those trees couldn’t survive without the help of a menagerie of rain forest critters: a pollen-sucking midge, an aphid-munching anole lizard, brain-eating coffin fly maggots—they all pitch in to help the cocoa tree survive. A secondary layer of text delves deeper into statements such as “Cocoa flowers can’t bloom without cocoa leaves . . . and maggots,” explaining the interdependence of the plants and animals in the tropical rain forests. Two wise-cracking bookworms appear on every page, adding humor and further commentary, making this book accessible to readers of different ages and reading levels.

  • The Chocolate Sundae Mystery - The children help Mr. Brown with his ice cream shop.

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Milton Hershey
Written by M. M. Eboch & illustrated by Meryl Henderson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Did you know that the man behind Hershey's chocolate used to work in an ice cream parlor? Or that he had to try over and over again to get his now-famous chocolate to taste as delicious as it does today? Milton Hershey's life wasn't always a bowl of chocolate Kisses. When he was in fourth grade, he even had to drop out of school and work to help his poor family make ends meet. Read all about how the man we know as the famous young chocolatier finally struck it rich — in money, love, and chocolate!
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Candy's Chocolate Kingdom
Written & illustrated by Nirit Littaney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Meet Candy, the cute girl who loves chocolate so much she dreams about it at night. Grab some sweets and follow Candy though a Magical Chocolate Kingdom that fills her belly and teaches her an important lesson about limits, after something very unexpected happens in the delicious empire. Though the vivid illustrations are sure to make your mouth water, Candy's new understanding is the real treat even you can munch on! Excellent for early readers and children ages 3-8. Book 1 in the Fantasy Kingdom series. This book is great for quick bedtime story or to be read aloud with friends and family!
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The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop
Written & illustrated by Kate Saunders
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14
Eleven-year-old twins Oz and Lily are recruited by a talking cat to assist her and M16 in foiling the dastardly plans of their great-great-uncle, a chocolatier who used magic to make a candy that bestows immortality.
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The Chocolate Touch
Written by Patrick Skene Catling & illustrated by Margot Apple
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
John midas loves chocolate. He loves it so much that he′ll eat it any hour of any day. He doesn′t care if he ruins his appetite. He thinks chocolate is better than any other food! But one day, after wandering into a candy store and buying a piece of their best chocolate, John finds out that there might just be such a thing as too much chocolate. . . .
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Chocolate Fever
Written by Robert Kimmel Smith & illustrated by Gioia Fiammenghi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Henry Green is a boy who loves chocolate. He likes it bitter, sweet, dark, light, and daily; for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; in cakes, candy bars, milk, and every other form you can possibly imagine. Henry probably loves chocolate more than any boy in the history of the world. One day-it starts off like any other day-Henry finds that strange things are happening to him. First he makes medical history with the only case of Chocolate Fever ever. Then he finds himself caught up in a wild and hilarious chase, climaxed by a very unusual hijacking!
Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch book
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Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot book
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The Princess and the Petri Dish book
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A Chocolate Moose for Dinner book
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  • Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch - One wintry day, a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch. “Somebody loves you,” the note says. “Somebody loves me!” Mr. Hatch sings as he dusts his living room. “Somebody loves me!” Mr. Hatch whistles as he does his errands in town. “But who,” Mr. Hatch wonders, “could that somebody be?” After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers just who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!

  • Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot - A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy that Dropped from the Sky.

    Life was grim in 1948 West Berlin, Germany. Josef Stalin blockaded all ground routes coming in and out of Berlin to cut off West Berliners from all food and essential supplies. Without outside help, over 2.2 million people would die.

    Thus began the Berlin Airlift, a humanitarian rescue mission that utilized British and American airplanes and pilots to fly in needed supplies. As one of the American pilots participating in the Airlift mission, Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen helped to provide not only nourishment to the children but also gave them a reason to hope for a better world. From one thoughtful, generous act came a lifelong relationship between Lt. Gail and the children of Berlin.

    This is the true story of a seven-year-old girl named Mercedes who lived in West Berlin during the Airlift and of the American who came to be known as the Chocolate Pilot.

    Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen’s evocative paintings illuminate Margot Theis Raven’s powerful story of hope, friendship and remembrance.

    About the Author: Margot Theis Raven has been a professional writer working in the fields of radio, television, magazines, newspapers, and children’s books for thirty years. She has won five national awards, including an IRA Teacher’s Choice award. Ms. Raven earned her degree in English from Rosemont College and attended Villanova University for theater study, and Kent State University for German language. Ms. Raven splits her time living in Concord, MA, Charleston, SC and West Chesterfield, NH.

    About the Illustrator: Born in the Netherlands, Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen studied at the Royal Academy of Arts inHolland. He immigrated to the United States in 1976, and years later he became a children’s book illustrator. “Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot” is Nick’s ninth children’s book with Sleeping Bear Press.

  • The Princess and the Petri Dish - Pippa isn’t your usual princess. She prefers petrie dishes to perfecting her curtseying. And when she realizes that she doesn’t like peas, she gets a bright idea that consumes her and almost the whole kingdom.

  • A Chocolate Moose for Dinner - A little girl pictures the things her parents talk about, such as a chocolate moose, a gorilla war, and shoe trees.

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Grandpa Cacao
Written & illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
This beautifully illustrated story connects past and present as a girl bakes a chocolate cake with her father and learns about her grandfather harvesting cacao beans in West Africa. Chocolate is the perfect treat, everywhere! As a little girl and her father bake her birthday cake together, Daddy tells the story of her Grandpa Cacao, a farmer from the Ivory Coast in West Africa. In a land where elephants roam and the air is hot and damp, Grandpa Cacao worked in his village to harvest cacao, the most important ingredient in chocolate. "Chocolate is a gift to you from Grandpa Cacao," Daddy says. "We can only enjoy chocolate treats thanks to farmers like him." Once the cake is baked, it's ready to eat, but this isn't her only birthday present. There's a special surprise waiting at the front door . . .
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The Girl with the Dragon Heart
Written by Stephanie Burgis
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Silke knows how to stay out of trouble. And when your best friend is a dragon-turned-hot-tempered-girl, trouble is always right around the corner. Although Silke has found a home at The Chocolate Heart as a waitress and master promoter, nothing fills the void of her past. Years ago, her parents disappeared while traveling through the mysterious fairy land, Elfenwald. One day, the Crown Princess personally asks her to spy on the Elfenwald royal family who are visiting the kingdom for the first time. In return, Silke will have the home she's always wanted--the secure palace. But when Silke discovers the royal visitors' true intentions, she'll need all her wits to save her city from destruction.
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The Doughnut Fix
Written by Jessie Janowitz
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
An Amazon Best Book of the Month! Superfudge meets The Lemonade War in this funny, heartwarming series debut about change, adventure, family, and of course, doughnuts. Tristan isn't Gifted or Talented like his sister Jeanine, and he's always been okay with that because he can make a perfect chocolate chip cookie and he lives in the greatest city in the world. But his life takes a turn for the worse when his parents decide to move to middle-of-nowhere Petersville―a town with one street and no restaurants. It's like suddenly they're supposed to be this other family, one that can survive without bagels and movie theaters. His suspicions about his new town are confirmed when he's tricked into believing the local general store has life-changing chocolate cream doughnuts, when in fact the owner hasn't made them in years. And so begins the only thing that could make life in Petersville worth living: getting the recipe, making the doughnuts, and bringing them back to the town through his very own doughnut stand. But Tristan will soon discover that when starting a business, it helps to be both Gifted and Talented, and It's possible he's bitten off more than he can chew...
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The Chocopocalypse
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Life for Jelly Welly—or Jennifer Wellington—is totally and utterly normal in Chompton-on-de-Lyte. She lives with her mum and dad and gran, has nosy neighbors who like to gossip, and really needs to think of a science project that will get her a good grade. But when news breaks of an impending chocopocalypse, her whole world—and the world at large—is thrown into utter chaos. With only six days left until no more chocolate, Jelly has a sneaking suspicion that something isn’t right. She and her gran investigate, picking up on a mysterious trail of clues. Is it really the dreaded chocopocalypse, or is there a mastermind behind the madness?

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