Here are 15 fabulous books for kids that are fun to read and make great additions to any ice cream lover's bookshelf!
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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!
Ice Cream tasting is always on our Summer Bucket List! Here's our fun Summer Bucket List printable to give you plenty of ideas to keep the kids busy, having fun and making memories!
What's an Ice Cream Club you ask? Well, take a peek at one of our previous posts, 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 great memories and a really positive experience!
Take it a step further and play a little Ice Cream Club BINGO -that will give you another excuse to enjoy some frozen dessert!
Head to the Ice Cream Club post to see more fun ideas and our Free Journal Printables!
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!
Based on the Splat 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!
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 ice cream fans' bookshelf!
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!
Curious About Ice Cream (Smithsonian Books) is a fabulous non-fiction book for kids that is filled with fun facts, historical information and wonderful photos and illustrations!
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!
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 the frozen treat 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!
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!
(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!
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!
by Carolyn Keene 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!
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!
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!
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 12 and over 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 the below 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 dramatic play including Groecery Store, Lemonade Stand, Beauty Shop, etc..!
This would have been too cute! Fun inspiration to DIY your own Ice Cream shop too!
by Hannah Kaminsky
Looking for some non-dairy frozen dessert inspiration? Super Vegan Scoops is a vegan frozen dessert recipe book that we like!
Super Vegan Scoops has great recipes and tantalizing photos of vegan frozen desserts and the recipes are very easy to follow!
With a great variety and super healthy and delicious options, Super Vegan Scoops is a great choice if you're looking for terrific non-dairy frozen dessert options!
17. Love & Gelato
by Jenna Evans Welch
Fans of Jenna Evans Welch will adore Love & Gelato! My daughter adores anything by this best-selling author and readers 12 and up will love her books! Get the trilogy here!
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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(Cenzia's is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and April's is anything with chocolate!)
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updated 06/06/2023 originally published 08/10/2020