Glazed, cake, cruller, old-fashioned, jelly-filled, cream-filled, Boston cream, fritters, and even cronuts are just some of the different types of doughnuts that you can enjoy. So while you think about sprinkles or frosted, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite books about those sweet treats. Just don’t drool on the pages.
Donut Day is on June 3. I plan to celebrate in any way I can. Donut shop trips? On the subject. Making a big inflatable donut raft that’s been on my heart for a while. Check. Making a rainbow-frosted dozen and getting cozy with some friends for a donut reading party Sounds like a good idea. I’ve put together a list of picture books that show everyone’s favorite sweet treat. All you have to do is find a sunny spot, grab some napkins, and we’re off!
Please, Mr. Panda, by Steve Antony
“Would you like to have a doughnut with your breakfast?” It’s a simple and sweet story that Mr. Panda tells with the help of his animal friends. And the obvious answer to this question is, “Yes, of course.” It’s not easy to accept Mr. Panda’s offer, but there is a right way to do so, and only one of his friends knows it. It’s a good book for teaching kids how important it is to say words like “please” and “thank you,” because, well, sometimes politeness leads to doughnuts.
These donuts look delicious and are a great way to teach kids about good manners at the same time! Magic words: I’ll say any number of them to get my hands on one of those desserts. Please, can I have the purple one with the sprinkles on it? Any good books on donuts that I haven’t read yet? Share them with me. I’m already making plans for the next donut reading party.
If You Give a Dog a Donut, by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
In the event that you give us a doughnut, we’re going to want about a dozen more doughnuts as well. As for dogs, if you give one to them, it seems like they’ll want apple juice and a whole lot more. If You Give a… book, There are likely to be doughnuts on the menu for you and your kids after you read this book together.
In this new story, Numeroff and Bond are back, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. As a rule, kids will want to read about donuts. These pictures show sprinkled donuts that are sure to make you hungry.
The Donut Chef, by Bob Staake
There’s a chef in town who wants to share his tasty baked goods with everyone. Soon, there’s a line out the door. In this rhyming story, doughnuts that are “quite bizarre,” like Cherry-Frosted Lemon Bar, Peanut-Brickle Buttermilk, and Gooey Coca-Mocha Silk, are made. When there is more competition, the doughnut business gets a little crazy. Once, when a kid came through the door, she made the chef fall over. She just asked for glazed. A sweet story about how to keep things simple.
If you just read the last few pages, your mouth will start to water. The donut chef will show us how to make donuts from scratch. The retro-style illustrations add a lot of fun to an already tasty story. Where are the real donuts?
Who Needs Donuts?, by Mark Alan Stamaty
Anyone who wants doughnuts doesn’t need them! You can too! After reading this book from 1973 about a boy named Sam who goes to the big city in search of the title treat, you will too. In this book, the story is completely ridiculous, and the detailed black-and-white illustrations are like a zany game of Where’s Waldo? And that’s the sweet ending to the story: Who needs doughnuts when you have a friend? (We’d like to think that we’re right, though.)
Doughnuts for a Dragon, by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain, and Lee Wildish
In this story, our young explorer George is going to look for a dragon. He has everything he needs to do so: a time machine, doughnuts, and lots of money (along with some other sweet treats). It’s because of all of these people that he needs baked goods. The colorful illustrations and rhyming story will be fun for kids to read as they look for a doughnut-eating dragon with George by their side.
The Case of the Missing Donut, by Alison McGhee and Isabel Roxas
This is what the (kid) sheriff and his (dog) deputy want to do: bring a dozen doughnuts back home. There are some baked goods that aren’t as good as they should be, so the sheriff checks them out. One is “a little smushed,” and he tries to bite into it so that it’s even. It all ends with “Uh-oh. Donut down!” Now, the sheriff is on the wrong side of the law. Sure, it’s the sweet side, but it’s still the wrong side. Will he be caught?
Is there a doughnut or book you like best?
In this story, the main character has a hard time resisting the temptation of the smushed donut. Nobody will notice! I especially liked how Roxas makes pictures that make the joke more fun for the people who see them. The kids with powdered sugar on their faces have all been us at some point in our lives. Why fight?
Arnie, the Doughnut by Laurie Keller
So, I was excited to see this adventure story from Keller. From the moment we meet Arnie, the Doughnut, in his downtown bakery, he is excited. Many things to look at in the illustrations might make you forget to keep chewing, so don’t do that.
Donuts: The Hole Story Hardcover by David W. Miles
Donut the cars. Trains with donuts. Donuts are not good planes.
Funny pictures of donuts come to life in this homage to the treat with a hole. If you’re a fan of fried doughnuts, you’re going to love this game. There are cops, pirates, lumberjacks made of maple bar, and a bakery full of donut puns. Donuts: The Hole Story is a game that’s full of donut jokes and fun.