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‘Tis the season for sweet indulgences, even in books! In this month’s bookshelf guest librarian Heather Hageli from the Vernon Area Public Library shares some favorite picture books about baking to indulge in this holiday season. Bonus, it’s all calorie free!
I don’t know about your family, but me and mine do a TON of baking around this time of year. Mostly cookies, but some pies and cakes. Does your family bake in the fall and winter? For any holidays? While you are waiting for your delicious baked creations to come out of the oven, read over these picture books all about baking!
Picture Books about Baking
Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? By George Shannon, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
We make cookies but who makes the ingredients? Find out who helps you get cookies into your cookie jar – so you can take them out and enjoy them! Recipe included.
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
I hope your cookies aren’t nearly as active (or naughty) as the Gingerbread Baby. The story begins with Mattie and Mother baking a gingerbread boy, but the oven is opened too soon and out pops the Baby! The book has a happy ending, perfect for sharing with all ages.
The Baker’s Dozen: A Counting Book by Dan Andreasen
Counting couldn’t be more delicious when you are counting pastries! Join in with our jolly baker as he counts up to 13, a baker’s dozen.
Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jane Dyer & Brooke Dyer
Every page contains a word and it’s meaning relating to cookies and love shown to family and friends. Sugar cookie recipe included.
The Red Hen by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley
A new take on a classic story, Red Hen wants to make a cake but her friends Cat, Rat and Frog won’t help. Will they get to eat any “simply splendid cake” or not? Recipe for Simply Splendid Cake included.
Here at the Vernon Area Public Library, we use the five early literacy practices — TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, PLAY — as the foundation for all of our storytimes. It’s never too early to start on these five activities to set the stage for reading readiness.
We offer storytimes beginning at birth, and all are welcome to stop by and visit — no library card required. But if you are a resident, you can sign up for your library card while you are here! Find our calendar of storytimes and other events.
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