a baker’s dozen of upper crust pie picture books

Today we’re dishing up some picture book pies just in case you’ve got any hungry ankle-biters or restless munchkins hanging around.

There’s certainly no shortage of lovingly baked pie books cooling on library shelves, and I sampled as many as I could. When it’s too hot to play outside, invite the little ones to stick their fingers into these cool offerings. They’ll be left pie-eyed with wonder.


1. The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson, pictures by Jonathan Bean (Simon & Schuster, 2007). A cumulative tale featuring a loving father and daughter, showing how the wonders of nature play a role in creating the end product. With three-color folk art illustrations remniscent of Wanda Gag and Lois Lenski. See these brilliant reviews by Fuse 8 and Jules of 7-Imp for more details.

2. The President and Mom’s Apple Pie by Michael Garland (Dutton, 2002). President William Howard Taft, a man of substantial girth, visits small town America in 1909. After stepping off the train, he smells something positively delicious in the air. His nose leads him to some mighty fine grub before discovering Mom’s culinary masterpiece cooling on the window sill. Exuberant illustrations carry the reader through the fun and excitement of the day.

Lots more pie!