Friday, October 18, 2013

National Bake and Decorate Month

Baked goods are yummy any time of the year, but falling temperatures in autumn bring to mind all sorts of carbohydrate-loaded goodies. Mmmmm. Perhaps that is why October is National Bake and Decorate Month.  Since some of our most awesome stories have a baking element to them, I thought this would be a perfect time to tell you about my favorites: 

Chocoholics will no doubt empathize with Betty Bunny. She loves chocolate cake.  I mean, she looooves it. So much that she wants to marry it one day.  She brings it to school and refuses to eat healthier food options, despite her mother's best attempts.  Of course, Betty Bunny learns that a diet that contains food other than chocolate cake is a good thing, indeed.  If you love Betty Bunny Love Chocolate Cake, you'll want to find the other Betty Bunny books by Michael B. Kaplan. 

I reviewed Bliss last October; I've been meaning to read its sequel, A Dash of Magic, for some time, but just haven't picked it up yet. Must rectify that soon!  Bliss is a zany and fun read about a magical bakery that makes those near and far behave in quite mysterious ways.  

Cinnamon Baby  is a romantic and perfectly pastel-illustrated story about a baker and musician who fall in love and marry.  Everything is lovely and ideal until their baby won't stop crying, no matter what they do! Miriam, the mother and baker, has an idea that's as sweet as their little baby. 

The Cow Loves Cookies is a staple in my farm story time and my baked goods story time.  The kids get a kick out of the cow enjoying the cookies.  There's also ample opportunity to emit your best animal sounds throughout the story.

Next week, I'll tell you about our new books for the holidays!

Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library 

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