Did you know that June is National Candy Month? Celebrate and escape the heat with these “sweet” reads!
Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt
This book is perfect for those summer days when it is just too hot to step outside! Find out how much “pop” is in Pop Rocks. Watch gummy worms grow. Learn to bend candy canes. Each experiment is accompanied with instructions, skill level, and how long the project will take, as well as a photo of the final product. With chapters on everything from exploring secret ingredients to watching candy blow up, this book is brimming with experiments the whole family can enjoy.
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
Henry is a choc-aholic! The boy has never met a chocolatey treat that he couldn’t conquer; chocolate candy, chocolate milk, chocolate cake – Henry loves it all. But when Henry erupts in chocolatey brown spots on his skin and is diagnosed with chocolate fever, it seems like his love affair with chocolate might just have to come to an end. Not about to become the posterboy for this newfound illness, Henry runs away with a trucker named Mac. Filled with humor and adventure, this short chapter book is a perfect summer book for earlier readers and chocolate lovers alike. Run away with Henry and see if you can discover the cure for chocolate fever!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
There’s a reason why this book is a classic. Dahl’s beloved children’s book remains just as captivating and fun as it did the day it was published. When Charlie Bucket discovers a golden ticket, earning him the opportunity to tour Mr. Wonka’s chocolate factory with his Grandpa Joe, he knows he is in for a treat, but nothing can prepare Charlie (or any reader) for the wonders and mishaps set to unfold before him. From Whizdoodles to Gobstoppers, there’s something sweet for each reader in this chapter book perfect for parents and kids alike.
The Great Lollipop Caper by Dan Krall
Dear, sweet Lollipop is loved by everyone – everyone except Caper, of course. Tired of being a snack no child loves (or, let’s face it, even knows about), Caper comes up with a plan to become the beloved treat he’s always dreamed of being by sneaking into the lollipop factory and pouring caper juice into next batch of suckers. He gets away with it, too! But, the results aren’t exactly what Caper had hoped for and things end up much, much worse, before they ever get better! As funny as it is sweet, this book is a fresh twist on the relatable theme of the lengths we will go to when we’re trying to belong.
Sweet: The Delicious Story of Candy by Ann Love & Jane Drake
Almost everyone loves candy, but hardly anyone knows its story! Follow its path from 6000 B.C. to present day in this fun, nonfiction read. Learn about everything from the early hunt for sweet ingredients to the chemistry involved in candy creation. With short explorations of each piece of candy’s history and an easy-to-follow timeline running across the bottom of the book’s pages, Sweet makes following along with candy’s delicious story interesting and interactive.
Milton Hershey: Chocolate King, Town Builder by Charnan Simon
Across the world, the name Hershey means one thing: chocolate! Learn about Milton Hershey’s early attempts and failures at creating his chocolate empire. Discover why Philadelphia was the birthplace of Hershey’s very first candy shop. Read along as the business booms and grows. Learn everything you need to know to make your next candy bar taste that much sweeter in this biography of the “Chocolate King.”
Done with scrumptious stories and creative candy experiments? Try this candy craft at home – a jellybean bracelet that is as fun as it is tasty. Find out how over at Artzy Creations!