Book Talk: Tales from the Seasonal Cookie Jar


Holiday Cookies

A fresh batch of picture books about cookies will keep kids and adults entertained this holiday season.

Book Cover: Cookiesaurus Christmas
Cookiesaurus Christmas written by Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans, and Illustrated by AG Ford

Visions of funny sugar cookies dressed like dinosaurs may be dancing in your head after reading Cookiesaurus Christmas. This is a laugh out loud story about a cookie decorated as a T-rex (the Cookiesaurus) who vies for a prized spot on Santa’s cookie plate. Will Cookiesaurus succeed in his quest? Milk will be spilled and cookies will be tossed, but kids will cheer for the fun and surprising conclusion.

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Book Cover: A World of Cookies for Santa
A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa's Tasty Trip Around the World written by M.E. Furman and Illustrated by Susan Gal

Have you ever wondered what children in other parts of the world leave as a snack for Santa? Find out in A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World. Smiling faces of children from around the world brighten this festive book with 31 unique geographical Santa snacking customs. Each locale has charming illustrations and a brief description of its sweet tradition. Recipes are included for quite a few of the cookies described in the book including Puto Seko (Philippine Islands), Mantecaditos (Puerto Rico), and Pineapple Macadamia bars (Hawaii).

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Book Cover: Tough Cookie
Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story written and Illustrated by Edward Hemingway

Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story is the story of a sugar cookie’s journey to happiness and his rightful place in the world. His friend, the unlikely fox, helps him find his true calling after tasting the sugar cookie and finding him decidedly not sweet enough to eat. "Blech! You taste awful!" says Fox. An appalled sugar cookie answers, "How dare you! I'm a sugar cookie. I taste wonderful." This clever tale is too good to give away the ending…

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Book Cover: 'Twas Nochebuena
'Twas Nochebuena written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and Illustrated by Sara Palacios

In 'Twas Nochebuena, a family celebrates Christmas Eve with a host of Latino traditions that includes tamale making, caroling, lanterns, a piñata and tasty bunuelos, a fried fritter covered with cinnamon sugar. Sprinkled throughout the text are Spanish words for each delightfully detailed aspect of the family fiesta.

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