Have you ever thought of displaying children’s books as wall art?
With their bright colors and whimsical drawings, children’s books make a fun (and I hope engaging) decoration in a child’s room when they are displayed outward on shelves. So, on a small wall between two windows, white shelves filled with books have become a focal point in our baby’s room. We like the idea so much, we may hang shelves in our living room to show off the covers of our adult books.
(A big thanks to Kenny and my mom for hanging the shelves. They were using power tools and, because I am not at all handy, I also wasn’t at all helpful with this project.)
Right now we’re displaying the few children’s books that we own. But we’ll order more today. In addition to Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day – my absolute favorite book as a child – we have some children’s food books on the list, at least two of which include recipes that you can make with your kids.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond: Beware of giving a mouse a cookie. He may just want milk, then a straw, then a whole lot more. Some versions of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie include recipes for “Mom’s Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies” and “Uncle Sydney’s Snickerdoodles,” and is part of a series of food-focused children’s books. (Others include If You Give a Pig a Pancake and If You Give a Moose a Muffin.)
The Little Bitty Bakery by Leslie Muir: In The Little Bitty Bakery, an elephant pastry chef works straight through her birthday. Luckily, a group of mice decide to whip up a cake for her as a surprise. If my memory is correct, this book also has a birthday cake recipe so you can make the same dessert the mice did with your kids.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Margorie Priceman: How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World is the story of a girl who travels around the world in search of the ingredients to make an apple pie. I’m not sure if it includes a recipe, but you could always make your own version of apple pie to eat while reading this book with young ones.
What books did you love as a child, food-related or not? Do you remember having children’s books that included recipes as a kid?