Kiddosphere: Seasons Eatings: Books for National Cookie Day

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With the calendar turning to December, we are full-speed ahead for Christmas and Hanukkah. If pies are the quintessential treat for Thanksgiving, then cookies are probably the same for Christmas. To celebrate National Cookie Day (December 4), here are some tasty titles to devour while you’re waiting for the cookies to bake:

A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa's Tasty Trip Around the World. Author: M.E. Furman. Illustrator: Susan Gal.

One of the universal aspects of Christmas is leaving treats for Santa Claus/Father Christmas/Babbo Natale/Ded Moroz/etc). A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World is a darling introduction to the various treats left for Santa in many countries. Santa may enjoy milk and cookies in the States, but he won’t turn down pudding in Denmark or mincemeat pie (and Guinness) in Ireland!

There’s a lot that goes into making a cookie–and it starts long before you mix the dough! All in Just One Cookie is a charming and informative story of food production, told through a grandmother making a batch of cookies for her visitors.

The Cow Loves Cookies is a storytime staple in our toddler and preschool storytimes (the toddlers don’t quite get the last joke, but it’s okay). The horse loves hay and the chickens love their feed, but why does the cow love cookies? Karma Wilson is one of my favorite picture book authors; this one is at the top of my list.

Ma makes cookies for Victoria and Sam, but when friends arrive, will there be enough for everyone to enjoy? Not only is The Doorbell Rang a fine story about sharing and generosity, but it also effortlessly sneaks in simple math concepts!

We have several editions of The Gingerbread Man folktale but Eric A. Kimmel’s version is my top pick, as it’s the most read-aloud friendly of the bunch.

We can’t have a cookie books post without including If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! First published in 1985, this story about a very persistent mouse has entertained countless story time and preschool classes (and committed to memory by many parents).

The Way the Cookie Crumbled. Author : Jody Jensen Shaffer. Illustrator: Kelly Kennedy

In the mood for a nonfiction read? Pick up The Way the Cookie Crumbled. Part of the History of Fun Stuff series (a great series for independent readers), everything from Queen Elizabeth’s gingerbread to Girl Scout cookies is covered in this high-interest and informative title.

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Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library

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