Children’s Books About Friendships

What makes you happy? Rainbows, puppies, hearts, stars, unicorns? How about having a good friend by your side. These wonderful childrens’ books are focused around making friends and what it means to be a good friend to others.

Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the World with Color
By Andree Poulin
Pajama Press, $18.95, 32 pages

Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the World with Color” is a heartwarming tale about a pink flamingo named Filippo who seeks to find himself after his black and white friends reject him. Filippo is the only spot of color in a black and white world and as his confidence starts to grow so does the vibrant color in the book. This book about acceptance, feelings, and friendship is a wonderful addition to any childrens’ library.

A Friend for Bear
By Steve Smallman
Tiger Tales, $17.99, 32 pages

What a cute story A Friend For Bear is. This little Bear can’t wait to make some new friends. But Bear starts learning lessons about the true meaning of friendship when he stops paying attention to the needs of his friends because he is moving so fast to get from one thing to another. A great lesson in paying attention to those around us and stopping to enjoy the roses.

Ellie Makes a Friend
By Mike Wu
Disney-Hyperion, $16.99, 40 pages

Ellie the Elephant and Ping the Panda are new friends! And they are both artists living at the zoo. But as Ping’s paintings become more popular and praised, Ellie starts to question whether she herself  is really talented or not. She must learn some real lessons about friendship and learn that everyone is different with their own special gifts.

The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon: A Story about Friendship and Loving Our Earth
By Land Wilson
Little Pickle Press, $17.99, 40 pages

This book teaches young ones about friendship and learning how to love and preserve the Earth we are living on. Little Sofia dreams about going to the Moon and learning that people are hurting the Earth. This book is an inspiring book to save our planet and even gives tips on how to do so. Beautifully illustrated with a wonderful theme.

With a Little Help from My Friends
By John Lennon
Little Simon, $17.99, 40 pages

This book is a gorgeous illustration of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s song “With a Little Help from My Friends”. The vivid pictures capture the lyrics of this masterfully written song. A book for children and adults (especially those who are fans of The Beatles) to enjoy.

The Friendship Book
By Mary Lyn Ray
HMH Books for Young Readers, $14.99, 32 pages

This adorably illustrated book tells young readers how there are many types of friendships that are formed in different ways. Having fun and being a friend lets readers understand how companionship is really a wonderful thing.

Great Books for Baking

There’s just something about homemade baked goods isn’t there? The warm, buttery crusts right out of the oven. The delicious fruit fillings made with real sugar. From apple pie to freshly baked bread, these delightful cookbooks will bring you back to your childhood when you came home to Mom’s chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk.

The Great British Baking Show: The Big Book of Amazing Cakes
By The Baking Show Team
Clarkson Potter, $27.99, 288 pages

If you’ve ever watched The Great British Baking Show you will know just how extravagant and wonderful the confections the bakers make are. In this Big Book of Amazing Cakes, expect no differently as we fall down the rabbit hole and into a land of cakes that explode like pinatas or curtsy like princesses. This is the ultimate cake-baking bible that will show you how to make every cake imaginable. Fun and delicious rolled into one!

365: A Year of Everyday Cooking and Baking
By Meike Peters
Prestel, $40.00, 448 pages

With a down home feel, 365: A Year of Everyday Cooking and Baking is a wonderful collection of heartwarming recipes from weekend stews to cozy cakes. Author Meike Peters’ signature style of cooking rooted in German and Mediterranean flavors makes this cookbook special as she teaches the modern chef how to use seasonal produce and ingredients in her recipes. Easy to make recipes that will make your tastebuds sing.

Bread on the Table: Recipes for Making and Enjoying Europe’s Most Beloved Breads [A Baking Book]
By David Norman
Ten Speed Press, $35.00, 256 pages

Featuring recipes from author David Norman’s time spent exploring bread traditions in Europe and North America, this book explores a vast selection of recipes from French rye to the Italian ciabatta. The book also has recipes for dishes to accompany the breads which is wonderful since the baker can then prepare whole meals set around the delicious breads. Filled with detailed instructions and wonderful photographic images, this book is both pleasing to the eye and to the palate.

Gluten-Free Baking At Home: 102 Foolproof Recipes for Delicious Breads, Cakes, Cookies, and More
By Jeffrey Larsen
Ten Speed Press, $30.00, 288 pages

This cookbook proves that you don’t have to suffer on taste when it comes to converting to a gluten-free diet. Jeffrey Larsen’s Gluten-Free Baking At Home includes customized flour blends and inventive flavor combinations that make these recipes work. Over one hundred recipes for cookies, cakes, tarts, brioches, pies, and so on. The recipes are also designed to cut out other common allergens such as dairy, soy, nuts, and eggs. A step-by-step guide into the world of gluten-free baking.

The New Pie: Modern Techniques for the Classic American Dessert
By Chris Taylor
Clarkson Potter, $30.00, 272 pages

So beautiful you may have trouble cutting into the first slice of these immaculate creations. In The New Pie, Authors and Bakers Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin, winners of more than five hundred awards, combine modern techniques with classic techniques to reinvent the art of pie making. Wonderful mind blowing creations such as Blueberry-Maple Pie and striped chocolate Pie of the Tiger, dance along the pages of this artfully done pie cookbook.