Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which got me thinking about my favorite part of the meal—the pie! I think my favorite thing about pie (besides how pretty and tasty they are) is that pies to me are greater than the sum of their ingredients. They represent family, love, and tradition, a fact that these 5 books below highlight with fun and warmth.
Easy as Pie by Cari Best and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. As Jacob watches his favorite cooking show with Chef Monty, he decides to make a peach pie. Jacob follows Chef Monty’s advice like “a happy baker bakes a happy pie” and “if something unexpected happens, try to fix it as best you can,” advice I’m sure that even Julia Child could get behind. As Jacob bakes his happy pie for his family, we can see how Chef Monty’s lessons could fit into our lives as well.
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. As the arrival of Gia’s new baby sibling draws nearer and nearer, Gia is fed up with all the baby talk, but most of all, she’s afraid of losing her special bond with her mom. As Gia and her mom reminisce about all of their time together, Gia realizes that she can share these memories with the new baby. One thing’s for sure though, the new baby is sure to love pecan pie just like Gia and her mom.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman. This delightful story will open the eyes of young readers as they learn not only how to make a pie, but that the ingredients in the pie can come from all around the world. Our guide, when she finds the local market closed, hops a boat to gather ingredients from Italy, England, Sri Lanka, and Vermont to name a few. A silly story perhaps, but a great way to learn a little about our world. Best of all, a recipe for apple pie is included, so once your appetite is whetted for a juicy, cinnamony apple pie, you can bake one together!
The Blueberry Pie Elf by Jane Thayer and illustrated by Seymour Fleishman. Elmer the (invisible) elf lives with a family of bakers, only the family doesn’t know this. Would you know if you were living with an invisible elf? One day, Elmer delights in a blueberry pie and can’t wait for another. But on the next day, as he’s discovering that cherry pie is really not as tasty as blueberry pie, he decides to help around the house to earn another blueberry pie. But, as I said, Elmer is hard to spot, so his work goes unnoticed at first. But Elmer knows the value for working for something you really want, so he doesn’t give up, and before long he’s leaving a few blue footprints on the table and the words “Thank You” spelled in blueberry juice.
Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love by Julie Paschkis. Okay I realize that this book is about apple cake and not apple pie, but apple cake is an autumn favorite of mine and so is this book! Magical Alfonso is in love with Ida. But Ida doesn’t notice as she is always absorbed in a book (hey—there’s no harm in that). So Alfonso decides to pour his heart into baking the most special apple cake in order to win Ida’s affections. With apples peeled by his sword, salt from the deep blue ocean, and flour like snowflakes in the night, I think he’s got a pretty good chance! A truly delicious book for the imagination celebrating what it is to love someone, with a scrumptious recipe in the end.
As I spend the next couple of days baking pies in my mother’s kitchen, I’ll be thinking about these fun reads and looking forward to that first, perfect bite. Happy eating (oops I mean reading)!