10 Fun Books About Ice Cream + 2 Bonus Books

10 Fun books about ice cream, plus 2 bonus books with recipes for parents

Around here, I am seeing a lot of posters for end of summer ice cream socials hosted by churches and other groups. I thought it would be fun to share a list of 10 picture books for kids to stretch the fun out a little longer. Before we know it, shorter days, cooler nights, and bonfires will be here.

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1. Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

My kids are big Mo Willems fans. Piggie and Elephant provide fun, quick reading for them. My 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter particularly like them.

2. Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons

Another favorite author of ours. She has books on just about every topic imaginable.

3. Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise by H.A. Rey

Who doesn’t love this little mischievous monkey?

4. The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger

Teddy is in for a surprise when he visits the new ice cream shop in town.

5. Ice Cream Soup by Ann Ingalls

This one is an easy reader, level one.

6. I Scream! Ice Cream!: A Book of Wordles by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A witty book full of word play.

7. I Am An Ice Cream Truck by Ace Landers

A board book for the littlest of readers (or being-read-toers).

8. Ice Cream by Elisha Cooper

A fun book describing how ice cream is made.

9. Ice Cream: Including Great Moments in Ice Cream History by Jules Older

Which flavor is most popular? Who invented the cone?

10. Ice Cream Cones For Sale! by Elaine Greenstein

The great debate over who invented the ice cream cone is red hot!

After reading about ice cream, maybe you want to eat some?

Well, I came across this article on Spoonful called 18 Incredible Ice Cream Cake Recipes that look divine. You know, in case you have someone special you’d like to impress. Perhaps you can use make them with some homemade ice cream?

A couple bonus books for parents:

And now that I’ve made myself hungry, I shall say…enjoy!

3 New to Me Gardening Books

3 New to Me Gardening Books at www.vicki-arnold.com

It is not a secret that I love my library. I added another reason to my list when I walked in the other day and found it had written a post for me! Well, not really, but sort of. You see, I am still recovering from the 12 Days of Christmas in July giveaway series, which wrapped up yesterday. Some of the giveaways are still open, don’t miss those.

So, I am taking a break from the Building the Ultimate Lego Library this week. Those take a while to put together and I just don’t have it in me this week.

What the heck does this have to do with my library? Or the title of this post, for that matter? Well, when I walked in there were three new (to me) gardening books sitting on the display and I haven’t done a gardening post in a really long time.

Let’s review. My brain = mush + library books = post! Not everyone is built for this blogging business…I’ll let you know if I am when I figure it out. 😛

Without further ado…BOOKS!

Oh, poo. A little more ado, I must remind you of my use of affiliate links on this blog to appease the powers that be. Reminded? Good.

NOW without further ado…BOOKS!

The Speedy Vegetable Garde - a new (to me) gardening book

The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz

The Gourmet Garden - a new (to me) gardening book

The Gourmet Garden by Virginia Hayes

Gardening for the Birds - a new (to me) gardening book

Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard by George Adams

I am most excited about the last one. We have a bird feeder that we love to watch the birds flock to, but I would love to have landscaping that brings them (and bees, too) in naturally.

Which one interests you most?

Lego Picture Books {Building the Ultimate Lego Library}

Building the Ultimate Lego Library #5 - picture books, board books, and sticker storybooks at www.vicki-arnold.com

Today’s installment of the Building the Ultimate Lego Library series is a round up of Lego picture books. These are fun books that are not leveled like the readers; and are shorter than the chapter books and graphic novels. I’m also including board books and the sticker storybooks. Just guessing your little Lego fans will love these…mine do.

Per the usual, I use affiliate links in this post.

Lego Picture Books

Lego Duplo Board Books

Other Lego Board Books

Lego Sticker Storybooks

Up next for the sixth part of Building the Ultimate Lego Library is a fun one! You don’t want to miss it, so subscribe to get posts in your email box on the top right of the blog.

I’m not a representative of the Lego company or brand. I am simply the mama of a fan and want to share these with you. Lego is not responsible for the content of this blog.

Building the Ultimate Lego Library: Books for Girls!

Lego books for girls, the next part of the Building the Ultimate Lego Library series at www.vicki-arnold.com

Not all the Lego fans around this house are male. My girls and I also love Legos. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see actual PURPLE bricks at the Lego Store in Nashville. Purple is my all-time favorite color!

The Lego Friends line was introduced in 2012 and I am hoping that it has been a money-maker for them. Why? It’s business. Products that bring money get made and expanded upon.

Personally, I would LOVE to see the selection grow. My girls are huge fans of the Lego Friends line. Lego was blessed with quite a bit of my daughters’ money when they found this line. And then again when parents and grandparents bought birthday and Christmas presents. So, um yeah…more Lego Friends stuff, please!

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Do you see the PURPLE bricks in that set?! (click for a larger pic at the Lego site)

Ok, I’ll move on to the Lego Friends items for your Ultimate Lego Library now.

Lego Friends Readers

Lego Friends Chapter Books

Lego Friends Activity Books

So that is all I could find available for this year. There are a couple books to be released in January 2014, which is a good sign. I will update this post as I find more resources. If you spot one, be sure to let me know!

Building the Ultimate Lego Library: Instruction Books

Building the Ultimate Lego Library: Instruction books! Books for your builder to create from beginner to advanced levels. From vicki-arnold.com

Welcome back to my series, Building the Ultimate Lego Library! This week we are covering Instruction Books. It wasn’t too long ago my son found a few books at the library with building instructions for Lego building bricks. He was hooked and asked me to help him find more. Being a good Mom, of course, I said yes.

Side note: If you are looking for a good way to keep those instruction booklets from Lego building sets in good shape, please check out my friend Becky’s post on preserving your Lego booklets.

And now presenting, the disclosure! I use affiliate links on this blog. Not every link is an affiliate link (like the link to my friend Becky’s post), but some are and I am required to tell you that. So I am. Affiliate links cost you nothing and help support this blog. For more information, check out my affiliate link explanation post.

On with the list!

These were hard to classify because skill level isn’t as easy to pinpoint as with the readers. I will start with a handful of easier building books and then follow with the rest of the list of books that are available (some are available for pre-orders right now). Finally, I am listing advanced instruction books for those who want to take their Lego building to the next level.

If you have trouble finding some of the older books, check your local library.

Lego Building Instruction Books for Beginners

Lego Building Instruction Books

Advanced Lego Building Instruction Books

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Please note that I do not work for nor represent Lego officially. I am an affiliate with them, which means if you click on the Lego banners and purchase something from the Lego site, I receive a very small commission for sending you their way. Lego is not responsible for anything you may find on my blog.

Building the Ultimate Lego Library: Chapter Books

Building the Ultimate Lego Library - Chapter books and graphic novels.

This round of Building the Ultimate Lego Library is chapter books! I am also including graphic novels in this list, but I have them separated out for easy reference. Ninjago and Bionicle are the two Lego lines that have the most chapter books or graphic novels.

Make sure you don’t miss the readers for your ultimate Lego library. Next week will be my son’s favorite, instruction books to build til his heart’s content.

I have divided these up by series. I’m starting with my son’s favorite series, Ninjago. He is deeply saddened by this last battle line, he’d gladly collect Ninjago for a long, long time. He is particularly fond of the weapons packs.

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Lego Ninjago Chapter Books

Lego Ninjago Graphic Novels

Lego Legends of Chima Chapter Books

Lego Hero Factory Chapter Books

Lego Bionicle Graphic Novels

Be sure to sign up for email updates on the top right of the blog so you don’t miss a single post in the Building the Ultimate Lego Library series! Next week is instruction books!

This blog post and all the ones in this series are not sponsored by Lego, which holds the trademarks for the Lego brand. I am simply a mama of Lego fans and want to help spread the word about the Lego books and products. Lego is not responsible for my blog. That would be all me. I am an affiliate with the Lego company, see what that means here.

Building the Ultimate Lego Library: Lego Readers

We are a house of Lego lovers. My son has started a collection of Lego books that I don’t see ending anytime soon. When I started looking for more, I did not realize just how many Lego BOOKS there are out there. And since I love putting together reference list type posts…ta da! New post series.

I have put together this resource so anyone can build an ultimate Lego library. Over the next several weeks, we will be covering just about every Lego resource you can think of. We are starting with Lego Readers. I will cover Lego Chapter Books in another post.

Building the Ultimate LEGO Library! - Readers from pre-level 1 through level 4! Newly updated list!

Building the Ultimate Lego Library

I have separated these out based on series. If there is a level indicated for the book, I’ve included it. If you are looking for Lego Friends readers, those are in the Lego books for girls post.

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Lego Readers

These do not belong to specific Lego book series or there was only one or two books for the series.

The Lego Movie Readers

Lego City Readers

You can also purchase a boxed set of Lego City Readers (would make a great gift):

Lego DC Super Heroes Readers

Lego Ninjago Readers

Lego Kingdoms & Knight’s Kingdom Readers

Lego Hero Factory Readers

Lego Legends of Chima Readers

Lego Star Wars Readers

Lego Monster Fighters Readers

If you want to build your own Lego library or are simply looking for a good gift for a Lego lover that isn’t another set (though they usually love those just fine 😉 ), there is a list of readers to get you started. Next week, we will be talking chapter books.

Building the Ultimate Lego Library series. First post is a list of Lego readers.

Teach Your Child to Cook – Cookbooks My 10-Year-Old Daughter Recommends

Teach your child to cook with these cookbooks recommended by my 10-year-old daughter

In our homeschool, we place a high value on teaching our kids life skills. Each of my kiddos will know how to do their laundry, take care of their living space, handle money, and feed themselves before leaving our home. My oldest daughter’s favorite is learning to cook. She loves to use one of her (many) cookbooks to make a snack or lunch. I asked her to share her favorite three cookbooks with you. So if you would like to teach your child to cook, these are a good place to start.

1. Paula Deen’s My First Cookbook

This was the first cookbook we bought her for one birthday. She has made many things from it. The recipes include illustrations for equipment needed, too. The recipes range from simple ants-on-a-log to a slightly more complicated birthday cake.

2. Batter Up Kids Delicious Desserts

This is one that my kids love to flip through and look at the fun things to make. If your child likes to create art with food, you can also check out my Let’s Play with Our Food Pinterest board for even more ideas.

3. Better Homes & Garden’s New Junior Cookbook

We actually have an older version because it was MY cookbook when I was a kid.

Short, sweet, and to-the-point, there is my daughter’s list of three cookbooks to get you started on the path to teach your child how to cook. Do you have any kid’s cookbooks that are favorites in your home?