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Pancakes: Books For Kids

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

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

Our list includes board books and picture 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. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about pancakes, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Cook-a-doodle-doo! to popular sellers like Bunny Cakes to some of our favorite hidden gems like I Will Chomp You!.

We hope this list of kids books about pancakes 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.

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The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake
Written by Nancy Willard & illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
As she is preparing a special angelfood cake for her mother's birthday, a girl is surprised by three angels who have dropped in for a taste.
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Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake
Written by Michael Kaplan & illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
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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Bunny Cakes
Written & illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
It's Grandma's birthday, and Max wants to make her an icky, worm-infested cake. But Ruby says, "No, Max. We are going to make Grandma an angel surprise cake, with raspberry-fluff icing." Will Max let his bossy older sister keep him out of the kitchen? Or will they both become bunnies who bake?
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So Far Up
Written & illustrated by Susanne Strasser
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Bear can't reach the cake he's after—it's so far up, and he's so far down! Will his friends be able to help? Toddlers will be drawn in by repetition, opposites, humor, and an unexpected twist in this board book story about Bear's quest to reach a cake on a windowsill that is so far up! A cast of friendly animals—who are all so far down—try to help bear reach the desired cake. But what happens when a child swoops in with other plans? Short, simple, and memorable, this board book offers a satisfying story arc.
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I Will Chomp You!
Written by Jory John & illustrated by Bob Shea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A monster tries to chomp any reader who wants to go past the first page of the book in order to keep his cakes safe.
Cake book
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Cook-a-doodle-doo! book
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The Mystery of the Missing Cake book
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The Cherry Thief book
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  • Cake - In the tradition of I Want My Hat Back, this delicious story from Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet tells the story of a cake who’s about to attend his very first party—but he has no idea what’s coming! Cake has been invited to his very first birthday party! He buys just the right outfit—including the PERFECT hat. But as the candles on his perfect party hat begin to burn, and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he’d rather not be at…

  • Cook-a-doodle-doo! - With the questionable help of his friends, Big Brown Rooster manages to bake a strawberry shortcake which would have pleased his great-grandmother, Little Red Hen.

  • The Mystery of the Missing Cake - “Donkey has invited Harold to his party, but all is not what it seems when the birthday cake disappears! Everyone is a prime suspect in The Mystery of the Missing Cake! But can Harold piece together the clues to solve the case and save the party?”—Page [4] of cover.

  • The Cherry Thief - Chef Armand’s cakes are famous for the delicious red cherries that adorn each one. But when the cherries start disappearing, he sets a trap to catch the thief, with unexpected results! What will he do with the culprit, and is there a long-term solution that will make everyone happy? A charming debut picture book filled with very visual humour.

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The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories
Written & illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
In the second book of this lauded series, Fox and Chick are off on three new adventures involving a boat ride, a mysterious box, and an early morning trip to see the sunrise. Despite the antics ensuing from their opposite personalities, the contradictory duo always manages to find a happy center. This early chapter book in comic-book form is perfect for emerging readers, while the sweet and funny characters and captivating art hold appeal for picturebook audiences as well.
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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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Who Made this Cake?
Written by Chihiro Nakagawa & illustrated by Junji Koyose
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Little people use BIG machines to make a GIANT birthday cake! Imagine an industrialized Lilliput. Imagine today. Imagine an enormous construction site. Imagine a birthday cake like no other. What if the people you order your next birthday cake from are tiny, and what if they build cakes the way we build buildings? Tractor-trailers and giant cranes, catwalks, and helicopters. Hundreds of workers. Never have you seen such a construction site in this Horn Book Fanfare Award winner!
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Five Little Monkeys 5-Minute Stories
Written & illustrated by Eileen Christelow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Eight exciting adventures with the five little monkeys are packed into one beautiful treasury. Each story can be read aloud in just five minutes! There's plenty of monkey business in this collection of eight funny stories about the five little monkeys by best-selling author-illustrator Eileen Christelow. Come along with the lovable monkeys on their mischievous adventures as they do everything from jump on the bed to bake a cake to tease a hungry crocodile--and much more. With a padded cover, full-color illustrations, and stories that can be read aloud in just five minutes, this is the perfect book for bedtime, storytime, anytime!

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