In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. What better way to celebrate than by cooling off inside your favorite library branch and reading about this cool treat? These titles will have you all screaming for ice cream!
Scream for Ice Cream, by Carolyn Keene
How can a contest this sweet turn so sticky? Nancy and her friends think there is nothing more fun than ice cream in the summer. So when they find out that the owners of the local ice-cream factory are hosting a contest, the Clue Crew can’t wait to enter! Contestants must come up with brand-new flavors. And they can use whatever ingredients they want! Nancy is sure that her entry — Clue Berry — will win! But when a friend’s secret recipe goes missing, Nancy suspects that someone not-so-sweet is up to no good.
Ben & Jerry: Ice Cream Manufacturers, by Joanne Mattern
In this title, unwrap the lives of talented Ben & Jerry’s Homemade ice cream manufacturers, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield! Readers will enjoy getting the scoop on these Food Dudes, beginning with their childhood in Merrick, New York. Students can follow their success story from Greenfield’s education at Oberlin College and Cohen’s job at Highland Community School to their various jobs in between. An entertaining sidebar, a helpful timeline, a glossary, and an index, supplement the historical and color photos showcased in this inspiring biography.
The Ice Cream Mystery, by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The owner of the Greenfield Ice Cream Barn has two new partners: her granddaughter Brianna and the horse Butterscotch. Benny frequents the Ice Cream Wagon, run by Brianna with Butterscotch’s help. But who is trying to shut down the Ice Cream Barn?
Ice-Cream Cones for Sale!, by Elaine Greenstein
Can an ice cream controversy be red hot? You bet! Here’s a colorful picture book that playfully presents the great debate over who invented the ice cream cone. Who invented the ice cream cone? Ernst Hamwi, a wafflemaker at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, claimed it was his idea. But Arnold Fornachou said his cones inspired Ernst’s! David Avayou reported that he brought the cone back from Paris. And Charles Menches announced that his sweetheart created the dessert. Only one man holds the patent for the first cone-making machine, though, and his claims top them all… In this picture book, Elaine Greenstein shows young readers that history is made by ordinary dreamers — and it can be just as cool and delicious as a fresh cold ice cream cone.
Should I Share my Ice Cream?, by Mo Willems
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald has a big decision to make. But will he make it in time? Funny story about the challenges of doing the right thing.
Once you’ve loaded up on books and movies, head home to share a sweet treat. Directions for making these Ice Cream S’mores Pops can be found at Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons.