Picture Books about Baking

My all-time favorite hobby is baking. Cake, cookies, breads, you name it. My kids love helping me bake and they also love reading picture books about baking, so today I’ve got 10 of our favorites to share with you.

These 10 picture books about baking are sure to be a hit with your little bakers.

Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough

Marigold is a cat who likes everything just so. His favorite day is Monday, because Mondays are for baking. With a recipe at the ready he rolls up his sleeves and gets to work on a magnificent cake but finds himself constantly interrupted by pesky intruders. The zany illustrations perfectly compliment the story, and kids will laugh at loud at Marigold’s over-the-top facial expressions.

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

The market is closed, so an adventurous young baker travels around the world to collect the necessary ingredients for an apple pie. She harvests wheat in Italy, sails to Sri Lanka for cinnamon, collects some sugar cane in South America, and goes apple picking in Vermont, before finally returning home to start baking. Cooking and geography intertwine in this fun read-aloud, which includes a recipe.

Froggy Bakes a Cake by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz

It’s Mom’s birthday, and Froggy wants to bake her a birthday cake all by himself. Froggy’s excitement gets the better of him and he ignores his father’s advice, eagerly dumping in flour, sugar, and baking powder without measuring and breaking plenty of eggs along the way.

Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone and George Ermos

In a kingdom where it is forbidden for a knight to befriend a dragon, a young knight does just that. One day the knight stumbles into a dragon’s lair and they bond over a shared love of cooking, soon becoming inseparable. The night before the pair are mandated to battle, they fry up a tasty batch of donuts – and hatch a plan to put an end to the king’s unjust edict.

The Donut Chef by Bob Staake

A humble donut chef opens his own bakery, working hard to build a loyal clientele. But when a competing donut shop opens next door a competitive frenzy ensues, pushing the limits of culinary innovation until the donuts are practically inedible. Fortunately, a clever little girl arrives just in time to remind the donut chef that sometimes, simple is best.

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

In this heartwarming tale, a grandmother comforts her granddaughter, who is afraid of approaching thunder, by enlisting the girl’s help in baking a “thunder cake.” The pair gather fresh ingredients and bake the cake from scratch, finishing just before the storm arrives. The soft, folk-style art is evocative of the author’s Russian heritage.

Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish and Lynne Avril

This modern spin on the classic character features a young Amelia Bedelia during a visit to her grandparents’ house. Amelia Bedelia and her grandfather visit a farmer’s market to buy apples, then she and her grandmother bake an apple together. When the pie they’ve worked so hard on is eaten by birds, Amelia Bedelia saves the day! The story is a lot of fun, and Amelia Bedelia is as lovable and literal-minded as ever.

Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington

Mr. Baker gets up early every morning to prepare delicious cookies to sell in his shop. He mixes and rolls the dough, bakes and decorates the cookies, and then sells his tasty creations to hungry customers!

Stir, Crack, Whisk, Bake: A Little Book about Little Cakes

Help your little one master cupcake-making, no kitchen required! In the same vein as other interactive-style toddler books like Press Here and Tap the Magic Tree, toddlers will crack eggs, mix ingredients, and decorate cupcakes all with a swirl of their fingers.

Cookies! An Interactive Recipe Book

Simple text guides readers through all of the tools, techniques, and ingredients needed to bake a batch of cookies! This is a fun book to help prepare toddlers and young preschoolers for their first time helping in the kitchen.

I hope these picture books about baking are a hit with your family! For more books like these, be sure to check out my list of picture books about cooking! And if your little ones are ready to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out this list of my favorite baking cookbooks for kids. 


  1. Leslie Toevs says:

    Thanks for a great list. I’m sharing it so that teacher friends and moms can enjoy. THUNDERCAKE is a great favorite.

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