Nothing conjures up sweet memories of childhood quite like our favorite treats. Crunchy and creamy Oreos with a tall glass of cold milk; a warm, flaky Pop Tart in the morning; or mom’s perfectly baked, gooey chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven. Little Debbie, Hostess, and Mars Bar take us back to the simplicity of the school cafeteria and remind us of afternoon homework snacks. Hungry yet? Lucky for us, one of America’s Best Pastry Chefs, Stella Parks gives us Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts (W.W. Norton, $35) so that we can recreate our favorite juvenile munchies in grown-up fashion. We begin with ways to mix up baking staples: fun and creative twists on snickerdoodles and yellow cake and an easy way to make s’mores one hundred percent from scratch. Parks leads us on with easy-to-follow recipes for, of course, cookies and pies, but also doughnuts, ice cream, and breakfast bakes. And one must not forget the beloved brands that we can finally recreate! Fig Newtons, Fudge Stripes, Animal Crackers, and even Magic Shell and Girl Scout Cookies. Full-color finished product photographs and pages of trouble-shooting tips make this unique cookbook a dream to use, while stories, articles, and vintage advertisements make it a perfect gift that the sweet tooth in your family will refer to over and over again.
What sound does a bubble bath make? What do berries feel like? Author K.L. Going answers these questions and more in this noisy story for young listeners that explores the five senses and emphasizes the familiar sounds of everyday activities. With bare feet in the grass and a wagon ride over rough gravel, we hear Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! (Beach Lane, $17.99) as plump blueberries are collected for an afternoon of baking and family time. Berries bump and the oven clunks. Chairs slunk and dishes dunk. Bath time glunks and bedtime lumps as a messy, rattling day is soon cleaned up. Illustrator Simone Shin depicts the heart-bursting happiness of childhood that may persuade us all to get a little silly. Ages 3-6.
It’s bedtime in the bustling city. Teeth have been brushed and jammies are on, but a small boy and his mother delay slipping under sheets and blankets to venture into the cold and catch a glimpse of an old friend. At first the City Moon (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99) hides its face, but then it suddenly peeks out from behind the urban scape and welcomes its onlookers with comforting familiarity. Rachael Cole describes the journey with coziness and warmth, while illustrator Blanca Gómez displays familiar scenes that city dwellers old and young will recognize and appreciate. Ages 4-7.