Ice Cream: Books For Kids

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! While we can’t eat ice cream all day, every day, the next best thing is to read all about it. From ice cream shops to the many different flavors, ice cream fanatics are sure to love these silky-sweet books!

Go grab your favorite pint (chocolate, vanilla, whatever floats your boat…maybe even a root beer float!) and this book haul from the library, and bon appétit!

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.

Too Many Toppings! book
#21
Too Many Toppings!
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Sierra learns to balance all of her responsibilities in this sixth delicious book in the Sprinkle Sundays series from the author of the Cupcake Diaries series!

Sierra thinks she has everything under control—she loves staying busy. But between working in the ice cream shop, after-school sports, and now being asked to be the lead singer in a band—has Sierra taken on more than she can handle? What’s a girl who wants to have it all to do?

The Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze book
#22
The Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze
Written and illustrated by Todd Clark
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

Introducing Irwin Snackcracker, seemingly ordinary fourth-grader who is transformed through the power of a Fudgsicle into superhero extraordinaire: The Ice Cream Kid! When Irwin Snackcracker leaves for school in the morning all he can think about is pizza, tater-tots, and winning first place in the booger contest. He leaps down the bannister, quickly eats breakfast before brushing his teeth and dashing out the door. Little does Irwin know, this day will change his life. He is just one brain freeze away from superpowers! When Irwin unexpectedly scores the last Fudgsicle left in the ice cream cart at school, he finds out that he is no longer an ordinary fourth grader. Taking a big bite of the delicious frozen treat transforms Irwin into “The Ice Cream Kid” who, with a steady supply of ice cream, has the ability to run at lightning speed and talk to animals along the way!

The Ice Cream Shop book
#23
The Ice Cream Shop
Written and illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A brand new reader series featuring two unlikely friends! Steve really wants an ice cream cone, but he can’t seem to figure out how to get one…until Wessley comes along to the rescue. Readers will love being in on the joke as Steve struggles to get what he wants.

  1. There's Broccoli in My Ice Cream! - Granville the Dalmatian loves sweet, sugary, chocky wocky gooey things to eat. NOT fruit and vegetables. Which is a shame, because he comes from a long line of greengrocers and gardeners. So his family come up with a plan to persuade him to be passionate about parsnips and bonkers about broccoli. Only, Granville has a plan of his own - and it will surprise everyone!A fabulously funny story from the creator of Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar - nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Perfect for foodies and fussy kids everywhere!

  2. Ice Cream Cones for Sale! - Colorful etchings and kid-friendly text reveal who really invented the ice-cream cone, even before the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair where five people claim they did so.

  3. Jane Foster's ABC - Introduce little ones to letters in this bold and graphic style board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this ABC board book, children will be introduced to letters by associating them with animals, such as D for duck, L for lion, and Z for zebra.

  4. Nom Nom: Colors - Nom Nom Colors gives young minds food for thought— literally! Kids who love Shopkins and Num Noms will enjoy learning their colors with the help and encouragement of adorable ice cream characters found throughout. Even the book feels like food packaging with an acetate window on the front cover hinting at the delicious contents inside. It’s food. It’s education. It’s cute. It’s Nom Nom Knowledge!

I Am Extremely Absolutely Boiling (Charlie and Lola) book
#28
I Am Extremely Absolutely Boiling (Charlie and Lola)
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Charlie and Lola are trying their best to beat the summer heat, but things go from hot to boiling when Lola refuses to talk to her neighbor, Arnold Wolf. He accidentally knocked her ice cream to the ground and won’t apologize. Now Lola says that she will not ever, NEVER forgive him. Can Charlie help Lola change her mind?

I Scream! Ice Cream! book
#29
I Scream! Ice Cream!
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Serge Bloch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Uses colorful illustrations to demonstrate examples of “wordles,” or wordplay phrases that sound alike but have different meanings, including “I see” and “icy,” and “I scream” and “ice cream.”

Sprinkles Before Sweethearts book
#30
Sprinkles Before Sweethearts
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Tamiko, Allie, and Sierra focus on ice cream rather than crushes in this fifth delicious book in the Sprinkle Sundays series from the author of the Cupcake Diaries series!

It feels like everyone around Tamiko is crazy in love, and it’s driving her crazy! Thankfully, Allie and Sierra would rather brainstorm new ice cream flavors than squeal over a crush. But there’s a small voice inside Tamiko that keeps wondering: is there something wrong with her if she’s more interested in sprinkles than sweethearts?

Ice Cream Summer book
#31
Ice Cream Summer
Written by Megan Atwood
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Lizzie and Sarah, neighbors and best friends, look forward to running the ice cream stand at Lizzie’s family’s New England orchard, but their plans go awry.

The Little Ice Cream Truck book
#32
The Little Ice Cream Truck
Written by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Bob Kolar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Everyone smiles when the little ice cream truck, loaded up with tasty treats, shows up at parties, baseball games, parks, and zoos.

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