15 Best Picture Books & Easy Chapter Reads for Kids Who Love Ice Cream!

Here are 15 fab books for kids that are fun to read and make great additions to any ice cream lover's bookshelf!

Well, we just finished our super fun Ice Cream Club post and really wanted to make sure we gave the books we mentioned their own spot of internet real estate!

What's an Ice Cream Club you ask? Well, take a peek at our previous post, The Ice Cream Club - 10 Ideas for Kids to have some Frozen Fun + Free Printables! to see all of the cool ideas in one place! (Yes, pun intended!)

I’ll be very honest here, I’d probably much rather eat ice cream then read about it! However, I can't think of a better way to keep kids reading and having fun than by also exploring great picture books to go along with the taste-testing!

Including books in the summer ice cream fun makes for such great memories and a really positive experience!

Take it a step further and play a little Ice Cream Club BINGO! Click here for our free BINGO Printable that will give you another excuse to enjoy some frozen dessert! Head to the Ice Cream Club post to see our Free Journal Printables! They're super fun!

Even kids who aren't huge readers will delight in these terrific reads that are filled with fun illustrations and super cute storylines!

So, without further ado, here is our list of The 15 Best Picture Books for Kids Who Love Ice Cream!

1. Splat the Cat- I Scream for Ice Cream

based on the books by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat and his friends are thrilled to go on an ice cream factory tour and eat as much ice cream as they can get their paws on!

When Splat and his friends find themselves in a frosty situation with more ice cream than they know what to do with, will they fix the problem and come out with their sweet tooth intact?

If you're like us, any book with the words 'ice cream' in the title is a must read, especially during the summer, and Splat the Cat- I Scream for Ice Cream delivers a funny picture book that lives up to it's tasty name!

2. Gorilla Loves Vanilla

by Chae Strathie and Nicola O'Byrne

Five different animals dash through the door of Sam's Sundae shop to enjoy their personal favorite kind of ice cream!

Whacky and funny, Gorilla Loves Vanilla is a fun book that reviewers agree is a terrific choice for reading aloud and makes an excellent addition to the bookshelf!

3. Should I Share My Ice Cream?

by Mo Willems

Mo Willems's books are a hit with kids and Should I Share My Ice Cream is no exception!

A great addition to the Elephant and Piggy Series, this quick and easy read has a funny ending and will have kids giggling and reaching for more of this famous author's fun titles!

4. Curious About Ice Cream


Curious About Ice Cream (Smithsonian) is a fabulous non-fiction kids' book filled with fun facts, historical information and wonderful photos and illustrations!

5. Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise

by H.A. Rey

Curious George is doing everything he can to cool off! What he most wants is some ice cream, but first he needs to catch the ice cream truck!

Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise is sure to delight fans of this mischievous monkey who is well known for his comical adventures!

6. The Boxcar Children: The Ice Cream Mystery

by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Alden kids are learning to make ice cream and help out at The Ice Cream Barn where they not only make it but also come up with new flavors!

Something's afoot, though, and it looks like someone's trying to shut down the The Ice Cream Barn! It's up to The Boxcar Children to solve this Ice Cream Mystery!

7. Scoop the Ice Cream Truck

by Patricia Keeler

Times are a-changing and for Scoop the Ice Cream Truck it's hard to keep up! He's now competing with flashier, fancier and modern ice cream trucks that sell all the latest and greatest ice cream!

Scoop tries to update so he can compete with the newer trucks, but his older truck can't support the fancy modifications.

Along comes a new friend, Spunky, who helps Scoop work through his trials to find the perfect solution!

Beautifully detailed illustrations in ice cream colors accompany a great story with lots of heart! Scoop the Ice Cream Truck is loved by kids and adults alike and is just right for summertime or anytime when you're looking for a delicious read!

8. Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae with 54 Stickers

(Dover Little Activity Books Stickers)

Here is a pocket-sized sticker book that will be a fun addition to any day that needs a quick activity! The Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae sticker book is a fun and easy way for young kids to stay busy, is affordable and won't take up a lot of space!

Enjoy sticker books? There are many other themed Dover Little Activity Books available with tons of topics!

9. The Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze!

by Todd Clark

After eating the last Fudgsicle left in the school's ice cream cart, average fourth grader Irwin Snackcracker turns into 'The Ice Cream Kid!' -- a superhero who can run as fast as lightning and talk to animals!

Irwin puts his average life on hold and is joined by his superhero Grandpa and pidgeon sidekick so he can face down the villain 'Sweaty Crocker,' - the evil lunch lady!

10. Ice Cream Soup

by Ann Ingalls

A fun book for the younger set, Ice Cream Soup is a cute story with whimsical illustrations that kids love!

It starts as an ice cream cake, but don't take too long or play with it too much or you'll have a very different dessert!

11. Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Scream for Ice Cream

by Carolyn Keen and Macky Pamintuan

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew love ice cream! They also love a good mystery!

A secret recipe goes missing when a local ice cream factory holds a contest and Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew aim to get to the bottom of it!

11. Ice Cream Summer

by Megan Atwood

Four friends, an Ice Cream Stand, a disastrous grand opening with money gone missing and a solid mystery to solve make Ice Cream Summer a perfect choice for a summer read!

Enjoyed this one? There are more novels to read in the Orchard series by Megan Atwood!

12. Sprinkle Sundays

Book Series by Coco Simon

This series was written by the bestselling author of the Cupcake Diaries, Coco Simon.

A fun middle grade series that highlights friendship, growing up and the day-to-day challenges of being in the middle of big changes and dealing with them!

If you love delish desserts, fun friendships and ice-cream filled antics, the Sprinkle Sundays series will add some fun to your day and bookshelf!

13. Ice Cream - The Full Scoop

by Gail Gibbons

Colorful and engaging, this book is a great non-fiction book that kids will enjoy! Ice Cream - the Full Scoop has historical facts and information about ice cream presented in a way that is easy for kids to understand!

14. Milk to Ice Cream (Rookie Read-About Science)

by Lisa Herrington

Milk to Ice Cream shows the process of how milk becomes ice cream from farm to factory to the delicious summertime treat!

A great book to learn about ice cream from a scientific perspective and perfect for kids who like to ask questions!

15. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

by Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield & Nancy Stevens

It's a recipe book and so much more! Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book is a fabulous read! It a compilation of recipes and also tells the tale of two friends who met in seventh grade that created an ice cream empire!

Ben and Jerry lived very entertaining lives prior to starting their ice cream business! Their backstories were so much fun to read!

Now this book is really intended for the over 12 audience, but I guarantee your younger kids will love to hear the adventures that Ben & Jerry took part in before becoming legendary in the ice cream biz!

Included in Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book are not only some of their classic famous combinations, but some new desserts (that sound in-cred-i-ble! by the way!)

We had the best time reading about Ben & Jerry and are anxious to try out some of those amazing recipes!!

Want to learn how they create their 'Vermonster?' Well, first you start with 20 scoops of ice cream! Here are the details if you're in the mood to eat a really big sundae!!

Speaking of huge sundaes, here's another fave...

Okay, I know this isn't a book, but I would have loved to have played with this Ice Cream Counter set by Melissa and Doug with my daughter when she was younger!

We did a lot of playing Store, Lemonade Stand, Beauty Shop, etc..!

This would have been too cute! Fun inspiration to DIY your own too!

Well, there you have it! Some fab books for a variety of interests and ages that will have you craving some frozen dessert after turning the last page!

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Know of a fun Ice Cream- themed book? Let us know in the comments below!



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