Themed Booklist – Soda Shop & Sweets (Pre-K to 5th)
on April 5, 2012
Sweets, cakes, cupcakes and more for this April’s themed booklist. The book descriptions come from Goodreads. These books are aimed for kids pre 5th grade. These will be a selection of picture books, easy readers, and chapter books.
Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson: Today is Grandma’s birthday, and Granddad has an ichin’, to bake a WHOPPER chocolate cake and traumatize the kitchen! Join the madcap frenzy of making the biggest cake in the world! And the biggest…mess!
The Baker’s Dozen – A Counting Book by Dan Andreasen: Here is a delectable counting book that goes all the way to thirteen–a baker’s dozen. Steaming German chocolate cakes, perfectly formed cherry pies, and gooey jelly rolls are just a few of the jolly baker’s sweet treats.
The Donut Chef by Bob Staake: In this delicious tale, a baker hangs out his shingle on a small street, and soon, the line for his doughnuts stretches down the block. But it’s not long before the competition arrives and a battle of the bakers ensues. In the competitive frenzy, both bakers’ doughnuts become “quite bizarre, like Cherry-Frosted Lemon Bar, and Peanut-Brickle Buttermilk, or Gooey Coca- Mocha Silk!” Some are not even very tasty: “Donuts made with huckleberry (don’t be scared, they’re kind of hairy).” One day, Debbie Sue, just barely two, enters the bakery, and searches in vain for her favorite doughnut, where “the choice of donuts left her dazed. Said Debbie Sue, “But I want . . . glazed.” A fun lesson in keeping it simple in which our hero chef decides to go back to the basics, and wins over the whole town.
Beginning Readers (K-2nd grade)
Cupcake Surprise by Lynn Maslen Kertell: Brother and sister (Jack and Anna) decide to make a batch of cupcakes as a surprise for their father. But when the recipe gets mixed up, the cupcakes turn out to be a real surprise!
Scooby Doo and the Cupcake Caper by Sonia Sander: It’s Halloween, and a creepy chef had spoiled all the cupcakes at the school bake sale. This is one case that Scooby and Shaggy can’t wait to sink their teeth into. Will the gang track down the bake-sale bandit in time to save Halloween?
Chapter Books (2nd-3rd grade)
Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker by Megan MacDonald: When Stink buys a huge jawbreaker that doesn’t break his jaw, he writes to the manufacturer — and receives 21,280 jawbreakers for his trouble! Soon he’s so obsessed with getting free stuff that he misses an envelope in the mail pile, until his best friend starts looking as mad as a hornet. Thirty-six idioms are sprinkled through the story, inspiring a search that’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
Albert’s Raccoon by Karen Wallace: Albert’s new pet, Rocky the raccoon, can’t resist interfering with anything mechanical. He turns the toaster into a spaghetti machine, and the washing-machine into a scrambled-egg maker. Albert’s parents are not impressed – the raccoon must go Then Albert smuggles Rocky into his father’s sweet factory – on the very day Mr Caramel Chew, owner of the world’s largest chain of sweetshops, is coming on an inspection . . .
Chapter Books (3rd-5th Grade)
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies: Evan Treski is people-smart. He is good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart—but not especially good at understanding people. She knows that feelings are her weakest subject. So when their lemonade war begins, there really is no telling who will win—and even more important, if their fight will ever end. Here is a clever blend of humor and math fun. As it captures the one-of-a-kind bond between brother and sister, this poignant novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone’s intent.
The Cupcake Diaries – Katie and the Cupcake Cure by Coco Simon: “Who’s afraid of middle school? Not Katie Brown. After all, it can’t be that different from elementary school. But, boy, was she ever wrong! After her best friend ditches her for a new group of friends called the Popular Girls Club, Katie is left alone and starts to wonder if there’s an Unpopular Girls Club she can join. Luckily, Katie finds her way with a great new group of friends and together they form their own club.