Desserts: Books For Kids

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

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 desserts, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Cupid Doesn’t Flip Hamburgers to popular sellers like Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) to some of our favorite hidden gems like And Then Comes Summer.

We hope this list of kids books about desserts can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Gorilla Loves Vanilla book
#1
Gorilla Loves Vanilla
Written by Chae Strathie and illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato

Gorilla likes plain old vanilla ice cream. His friends are a bit more daring. From mud-flavored to blue-cheese, each animal has its preference and Sam, the boy running the ice cream shop, is happy to oblige. Funny and sweet, with a cute ending.

When five animals dash through the door of the local ice cream shop, they’re looking for the ice cream treat of their dreams. The flavors are wildly imaginative—but everyone else thinks they’re just plain crazy. That is, until Gorilla walks in and asks for the most surprising choice of all.

Best Friends: We Are A Family book
#2
Best Friends: We Are A Family
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I really like this board book about what being a family means, all while using fun and different illustrations and “families” (like scoops of ice cream!) to show that there are many different types of families!

Like peas in a pod, and leaves in a tree, we all belong to a family! Whether they are big, or whether they are small, this charming book shows young readers that there are all kinds of different families to be found in the world around us, from a bunch of balloons, to eggs in a box, and fingers on a hand. Designed with a mixture of photographs and fun illustrations to engage little ones and make them smile, there are cute rhymes to read and share in this celebration of family in its many forms.

And Then Comes Summer book
#3
And Then Comes Summer
Written by Tom Brenner and illustrated by Jaime Kim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A joyful, sun-drenched tribute to the anticipation and adventures of the warmest season of the year. When the days stretch out like a slow yawn, and the cheerful faces of Johnny-jump-ups jump up . . . then it’s time to get ready for summer! From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season. Tom Brenner’s lovely, lyrical ode to summers spent outdoors will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever counted down the days until school gets out, and Jaime Kim’s jubilant, nostalgia-soaked illustrations leave little doubt that summer is indeed a time unlike any other.

Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) book
#4
Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Written and illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a latest entry in a Geisel Award-winning series, the friendship between reserved Gerald and fun-loving Piggie is tested when Gerald faces a difficult decision. By the Emmy Award- and Caldecott Honor-winning author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 100,000 first printing.

Honey Moon Shiver book
#5
Honey Moon Shiver
Written and illustrated by Joyce Magnin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This was a fun, magical book about honesty, friendship, and forgiveness, all centered around a magical ice cream shop. I also think the hint of Halloween as they live in the town of Sleepy Hollow is a great addition to the book, which makes it a fun read for fall or any time of the year! When Honey gets caught in a tangle of lies, she learns that telling the truth is always the best policy, and she also learns to forgive her friend.

“Honey Moon is in a terrible pickle. She borrowed her mother’s precious silver locket without permission and now the family heirloom has gone missing. Honey suspects it was taken by one of her best friends. She sets out to find the necklace before her mother notices it’s gone. Along the way, Honey meets Shiver, who turns out to be much more than the owner of the newest popsicle shop in Sleepy Hollow. With Shiver’s guidance and a bit of magic, Honey is able to track down the locket and learn the importance of telling the truth and the power of forgiveness.”—Amazon.com.

  1. The Ice Cream King - When Teddy visits a new ice cream shop and puts a paper crown on his head, he enters a magical kingdom where he can eat all the ice cream he wants.

  2. Busy Baby: Trucks - In Trucks, Busy Baby can race in a fire truck, use a cement mixer, and collect recycling. Whatever Busy Baby does, the most important thing is to make some new friends along the way. Both books will keep the very youngest readers busy reading, playing, and learning.

  3. Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise - In the hot days of summer, Curious George the monkey looks for ways to stay cool, including going to the pool, playing in the sprinklers, and drinking lemonade, but what he really wants is a visit from the ice cream truck.

  4. Planes, Trains, and Animobiles - B is for Bookworm - This is a really fun book for children to learn about automobiles and animals. The rhyming scheme is fun and the word count in this board book is decent. My favorite part is the “Micecream” truck! This book’s illustrations are really colorful and cute, with a slight cartoony feel.

Kitty Cones: What Makes Us Happy? book
#10
Kitty Cones: What Makes Us Happy?
Written and illustrated by Ralph Cosentino
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Discover all the little things that make the Kitty Cones happy in this sweet book of illustrations from Ralph Cosentino. Life is full of happy moments, from playing on the beach to chasing rainbows, and even running outside when it sprinkles! Join best friends Miyu, Yumi, and Koko as they discover what makes them happy. Filled with clever and endearing art from author and illustrator Ralph Cosentino, this Kitty Cones book teaches kids to value friendship, help others, and enjoy the little things in life.

Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs book
#11
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs
Written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Groovy Joe was living the dream. He had a spoon and tub of doggy ice cream. And he started to sing: Love my doggy ice cream! Love my doggy ice cream!

Eric Litwin, author of the bestselling and beloved Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, and bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, have created a captivating new canine character who will groove his way into readers’ hearts and have them grooving and giggling all the while. In his debut adventure, Groovy Joe faces three roaring dinosaurs hungry for his doggy ice cream! Oh no! But Joe knows just what to do and soon enough he has them all sharing while moving and singing along.

Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations come together to create an unforgettable new character who embodies positivity, creativity, and kindness. Groovy Joe is here, ready to get groovy! Download your FREE Groovy Joe songs, written and performed by Eric Litwin, at groovyjoestories.scholastic.com.

Wemberly's Ice-Cream Star book
#12
Wemberly's Ice-Cream Star
Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

One hot simmer day Wemberly finds that patience — just like a frosty treat — will go a long way.

Just One More book
#13
Just One More
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Sometimes Ruby needs just one more minute of sleep, one more thingy for her hair, one more push on the swing, and one more scoop on her cone, (and one more, and one more, and one more . . .) until one more is just too much. Maybe it’s time for just one? If you know a someone like Ruby, Just One More will be just right!

Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream book
#14
Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream
Written and illustrated by Rob Scotton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Splat and his class go on a field trip to an ice cream factory in this delectable I Can Read book from New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton. Splat can barely sit still during the bus ride. He’s imagining the mountain of ice cream he thinks he’ll get to eat! But when Splat gets there, that mountain becomes more of an avalanche. It’s up to Splat and his classmates to save the day! Beginning readers will practice the –eam sound in this easy-to-read addition to the Splat series. Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

  1. Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream - The Stick Dog series continues in author-illustrator Tom Watson’s hilarious Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream. In the follow-up to Stick Dog, Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, and Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Stick Dog and his pals are back, but this time the temperature is rising and they’re all feeling the heat. They need cold, cold ice cream on this hot, hot day. It will take all of Stick Dog’s smarts to guide his friends to a scrumptious ice cream feast. They’ll battle a water-attacking machine, discover rainbow puddles, and chase the strangest, loudest truck they’ve ever seen. But there’s a looming threat to their mission—Stick Dog gets spotted by a human. And the police are on his tail. If he’s captured, Stick Dog may never see his friends again. If he escapes, it’s ice cream for everyone. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books.

  2. Scoop the Ice Cream Truck - Scoop the Ice Cream Truck has seen a lot of summers selling his vanilla ice cream cones across the city. But he’s getting old, and the new trucks are getting fancier. Now they have waffle cones, jumbo sundaes, flash frozen ice cream, twenty-seven flavors and six special toppings. Feeling like he’s fallen behind, Scoop decides that it’s time for a redesign. But when his old frame can’t handle the new upgrades, can Scoop discover his own value and find the right spot to sell his vanilla cones?

  3. Ice Cream Summer - Lemony Snickers - Ice Cream Summer is a cute book, and it’s definitely all about ice cream. Every page is filled with quirky, clever ideas about ice cream, from ice cream inventions and ice-cream inspired cartography to ice cream math and ice cream wordsmithing as the main character writes his grandmother all about his ice cream-filled filled summer.

  4. Scream for Ice Cream - When a local ice cream factory hosts a contest for new flavors, Nancy and the Clue Crew enter, but when a friend’s secret recipe goes missing, Nancy suspects that someone is up to no good.

Ice Cream: The Full Scoop book
#19
Ice Cream: The Full Scoop
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cool and smooth and sweet, ice cream has long been a favourite treat. It cools you off when it’s hot and is too delicious to resist even in cold weather. How did it get to be so scrumptious? Best-selling author/illustrator Gail Gibbons dishes out the latest scoop on ice cream production. Ice cream has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a mixture of snow, milk, and rice. Gail Gibbons details the many firsts in ice cream history, from the earliest ice cream crank to the original waffle cone. Children’s mouths will be watering as they follow ice cream’s journey from farm to factory to freezer.

The Ice Cream Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #94) book
#20
The Ice Cream Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #94)
Written and illustrated by Gertrude Chandler Warner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Aldens, along with Butterscotch the horse, attempt to find a saboteur who is trying to shut down their ice cream wagon.

CookieBot! (Harry and Horsie Adventures) book
#21
CookieBot! (Harry and Horsie Adventures)
Written by Katie Van Camp and illustrated by Lincoln Agnew
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Problem: Harry and Horsie want cookies, but the jar is way out of reach. The Solution: Build CookieBot—the most amazing cookie-grabbing robot ever! What could go wrong?

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School book
#22
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
Written by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he’s a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He’ll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: “I can catch them! I’m their Gingerbread Man!”

With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, the Gingerbread Man does find his class, and he’s assured they’ll never leave him behind again.

Teachers often use the Gingerbread Man story to introduce new students to the geography and staff of schools, and this fresh, funny twist on the original can be used all year long. Includes a poster with fun activities!

Mr. Cookie Baker book
#23
Mr. Cookie Baker
Written and illustrated by Monica Wellington
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Bright, primary colors and big cookie shapes make this beloved book about a baker perfect for the very youngest. In twelve scrumptious spreads, Mr. Cookie Baker shows all the steps in preparing his famous cookies. Just as he takes them out of the oven, here come the hungry children! With lots to look at, this book is sure to be a yummy treat for the tiniest tots.

  1. Cookies! - Bake cookies from scratch inside this interactive recipe book - sift the flour, whisk the sugar, crack the egg, pour the chocolate chips, and more! Simple yet factual recipe text takes readers through the steps of baking cookies, from combining the dry ingredients to pulling fresh cookies out of the oven, while the interactive features invite them to participate in the process. Move the sifter from side to side to separate the flour, turn the wheel to mix the batter, pull the tab to crack the egg, slide the oven tray out, and more! One hundred percent adult-free, danger-free, and mess-free - baking cookies has never been so independent! The fourth book in Nieminen’s bestselling COOK IN A BOOK series. Ages 2-4

  2. The Gingerbread Pirates - What if a brave Captain Cookie stood up to Santa? A fresh, funny story that sparkles with all the excitement of a pirate adventure — and all the magic of Christmas morning. (Ages 4-10) A funny and magical Christmas story about a gingerbread pirate, Captain Cookie, and his daring adventure on Christmas eve to rescue his crew from a mysterious cannibal named Santa Claus…

  3. Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons - From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, this scrumptious follow-up to the bestselling Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons captures the real spirit of the Christmas season. Makes a thoughtful gift, especially accompanied with some home-baked cookies. From making the same kind of cookies at the same time each year (tradition) to decorating them with lots of sprinkles (celebrate), emergent readers will gobble up gentle holiday lessons in this charming book. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s timeless morsels of wisdom paired with Jane Dyer’s cozy illustrations are as irresistible as the aroma of cookies fresh from the oven. Perfect for learning concept words as well as for readers of all ages as they celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

  4. How the Cookie Crumbled - In this unique and clever picture book, Gilbert Ford sheds a little light on everyone’s favorite sweet treat—the chocolate chip cookie—and reminds readers everywhere that just because a story is told doesn’t mean it’s true. Crunch! Crunch! Crunch! Mmmmm! Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies! But not everyone knows where they came from. Meet Ruth Wakefield, the talented chef and entrepreneur who started a restaurant, wrote a cookbook, and invented this delicious dessert. But just how did she do it, you ask? That’s where things get messy…

A Big Fat Enormous Lie book
#28
A Big Fat Enormous Lie
Written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and illustrated by David McPhail
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An empty cookie jar and a small boy with a problem lead to one big fat enormous lie.

Christmas Cookie Day! book
#29
Christmas Cookie Day!
Written by Tara Knudson and illustrated by Pauline Siewert
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Bake up laughs and love with your little one this Christmas! From sprinkled, sparkled cookies to sharing with friends and family, Christmas Cookie Day! celebrates the beloved tradition of making Christmas treats.

Tough Cookie book
#30
Tough Cookie
Written and illustrated by Edward Hemingway
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this twist on The Gingerbread Boy, Cookie teams up with Fox to try to become sweeter and faster, before learning that there is a reason he is different. Includes recipes for Christmas cookies and Christmas ornaments.

Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgers book
#31
Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The whole school is turned upside down when the new cafeteria cook hands out her special Valentines Day cookies. Could she really be Cupid creating a love potion?

The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo book
#32
The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo
Written by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Is there anything more fun than a class trip to the zoo? The Gingerbread Man and his classmates don’t think so, and they get to solve riddles on a WILD scavenger hunt. They meet giraffes, monkeys, and even a fox (especially scary for a Gingerbread Man!).

But a zoo full of critters is a tricky place for a tasty cookie—even a very fast one—and the Gingerbread Man ends up separated from his friends. He needs to solve all of the riddles to catch up with his class and help someone else who is lost.

I’ll be a detective. I know that I can! I’ll solve all these clues. I’m the Gingerbread Man!

Animals galore and a trail of clues make the Gingerbread Man’s latest adventure his wildest one yet.

  1. Kick! Jump! Chop! - 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.

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