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Pancakes, Waffles, And French Toast: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about pancakes, waffles, and french toast?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to pancakes, waffles, and french toast. 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, waffles, and french toast.

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, waffles, and french toast, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Cook-a-doodle-doo! to popular sellers like The Birthday Cake to some of our favorite hidden gems like Pancakes for Breakfast.

We hope this list of kids books about pancakes, waffles, and french toast can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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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
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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
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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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I Will Chomp You!
Written by Jory John & illustrated by Bob Shea
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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.

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So Far Up
Written & illustrated by Susanne Strasser
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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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  • Pancakes for Breakfast - Tomie de Paola. A wordless picture book about the trials of a little old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast. Three-color illustrations. Paperback.

  • 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.

  • Pancakes, Pancakes! - By cutting and grinding the wheat for flour, Jack starts from scratch to help make his breakfast pancake.

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The Cherry Thief
Written & illustrated by Renata Galindo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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 Mystery of the Missing Cake
Written & illustrated by Claudia Boldt
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

“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.

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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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The Birthday Cake
Written & illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A hilarious cumulative story about baking a ‘pancake-cake’ for the cat with three birthdays a year! When Pettson sets out to make Findus a cake, he finds that he’s missing a key ingredient. This starts a hilarious chain of events resulting in Pettson distracting a bull, climbing through a skylight into his attic to find his fishing pole to fish the key out of the well, so he can open his shed, fix his flat tire, then ride to the store to buy some flour (and a new pair of overalls), then made a tasty cake for Findus!

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Pancakes!: An Interactive Recipe Book
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Cook pancakes from scratch inside this interactive recipe book -- readers whisk the eggs, flip the pancakes, and more!

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  • Duchess Bakes a Cake - A long time ago there lived over the waters, a Duchess, a Duke and their family of daughters. Everything went smoothly and happily in this large family, until one day the Duchess decided to make: A lovely light luscious delectable cake - adding yeast six times for good measure! So the cake rose, and the Duchess with it - and how are they to get here down again? It is Gunhilde, the youngest daughter, who suggests a happy solution.

  • Grandpa Cacao - 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 . . .

  • The Case of the Stinky Stench - There s a stinky stench in the fridge and our favorite foodie friends must solve a smelly mystery! Inspector Croissant begs Sir French Toast and Lady Pancake for help in finding the source of the foul odor. Could it be the devious Baron Von Waffle? A fetid fish in Corn Chowder Lake? Featuring delectable wordplay there s even an actual red herring and delicious art, this tasty tale is a treat for kids!”

  • I Really Want the Cake - For fans of laugh-out-loud, mischievous storytime favorites like Pig the Pug, No, David!, and Dragons Love Tacos comes a deliciously funny story about trying to resist one of life's biggest temptations... CAKE!

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Mission Defrostable
Written by Josh Funk & illustrated by Brendan Kearney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Our favorite breakfast food friends are back and all bready for their next adventure! Can they save the fridge before all the food is iced? It’s mission . . . defrostable. “And now with the two of you out of the fold, I’ve got my revenge and I’m serving it cold!” Brrr! There’s a frost in the fridge–and it’s hardened Pudding Pond and frozen Yogurt Falls. Agent Asparagus is on the case, and she begs Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast to join her superspy team. But when the enemy snatches Asparagus, Pancake and French Toast have only one dough man to turn to for help: the evil Baron von Waffle! Will he help them save the fridge . . . or are they doomed to become frozen food?

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Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast
Written & illustrated by Josh Funk
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

A thoroughly delicious picture book about the funniest “food fight!” ever! Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship—until they discover that there’s ONLY ONE DROP of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast . . . even without a drop of coffee!

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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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Apple Cake: A Gratitude
Written by Dawn Casey & illustrated by Geneviève Godbout
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Thank you, hedge, / Thank you, tree. / Thank you, flower, / Thank you, bee. / Thank you, rain, / Thank you, sun. / Thank you, farmers, / every one.

In this simple rhyming story from the author of Held in Love, a child says thank you for the gifts nature provides, from hazelnuts in the hedge to apples from the tree, eggs from the hens to milk from the cow. Eventually, the family has enough ingredients to make something special...a delicious apple cake!

With captivating illustrations that brim with emotion, this sweet picture book encourages children to be grateful for the world around them--the perfect read for Thanksgiving. A recipe for apple cake at the end allows you and your child to share in the joyful gratitude.

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Not an Alphabet Book: The Case of the Missing Cake
Written by Eoin Mclaughlin & illustrated by Marc Boutavant
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Follow Bear from A to Z as he hunts for a cake thief in a hilarious alphabet book crossed with a whodunit.
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  • You Can Do It, Sam - Sam goes all by himself to deliver treats to his friends in an endearing new tale from the creators of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller KISS GOOD NIGHT and DON'T YOU FEEL WELL, SAM?

  • Pancakes to Parathas - Breakfast varies from country to country, but it’s how all children begin their day. Explore the meals of twelve countries in this playful approach to the world! From Australia to India to the USA, come travel around the world at dawn. Children everywhere are waking up to breakfast. In Japan, students eat soured soybeans called natto. In Brazil, even kids drink coffee–with lots of milk! With rhythm and rhymes and bold, graphic art, Pancakes to Parathas invites young readers to explore the world through the most important meal of the day.

  • My Tooth Is Lost!: A Monkey & Cake Book - From the bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit comes another hilarious friendship story from Monkey & Cake. This time Monkey lost a tooth... will Cake be able to help Monkey find it?

  • Five Little Monkeys 5-Minute Stories - 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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