Have you ever wondered how chocolate came to be? Does your child have a sweet tooth that you want to capitalize on? Why not read your favorite kid a few books about chocolate in order to learn more about this delicious topic.
Books about Chocolate for Kids
Here’s a nice selection of books geared for kids of all ages! Check out your local library or find some of these digitally online! We will be reading a handful of these books as part of our Botany Course through Guest Hollow. I cannot wait to learn more about chocolate and cocoa.
Beans to Chocolate– Describes how cocoa beans are harvested and processed to produce chocolate used to make candy bars and other treats.
Chocolate: Riches from the Rainforest– Traces the history of chocolate from a drink of the Olmec and Mayan cultures to its rage among European aristocrats to its popularity around the world today as the treat of millions.
Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory– When George and the man with the yellow hat stop to shop at a chocolate factory store, George becomes curious about how the chocolates are made. Though he begins to follow the factory tour, soon he is off to investigate on his own.
From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate– How does a cocoa bean turn into tasty chocolate? Follow each step in the food production cycle–from planting cocoa trees to eating a sweet treat–in this fascinating book!
The Biography of Chocolate– This work is for ages 8-14. Children will love learning how the ancient Aztecs created a special drink from the bitter beans of the cacao tree and how those beans later became the delectable treat known as chocolate. Mouth watering pictures illustrate this examination of one of the world’s favourite commodities. Other topics include What is a commodity?; how and where cacao beans grow; the history of cacao cultivation and use; Hernan Cortez and the introduction of chocolate to Europe; Hershey, Cadbury, Lindt and other chocolatiers; Who made the first chocolate bar and chocolate-chip cookie?; the different ways to use cacao beans today, from food and drink to soap, suntan lotion, and moisturisers; slavery and chocolate.
The Chocolate Touch– In this zany twist on the legend of King Midas and his golden touch, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate! Can you ever have too much of your favorite food? John Midas is about to find out…. The Chocolate Touch has remained a favorite for millions of kids, teachers, and parents for several generations. It’s an enjoyable story that pulls in even reluctant readers.
Great Moments in Chocolate History: With 20 Classic Recipes From Around the World– Packed with irresistible facts and photos, this beautiful gift book reveals the untold story chocolate, of the world’s favorite indulgence. Did you know that M&Ms were invented for WWII soldiers as the chocolate that wouldn’t melt in their hands? Or that Marie Antoinette had her own personal chocolate maker? Or that Thomas Jefferson predicted that chocolate would outstrip coffee as the most popular drink in America? Featuring 20 sinfully delicious chocolate recipes from around the world, this entertaining romp through chocolate history will delight chocoholics everywhere.
Make It: Chocolate– Whether it’s in cake, pudding, cookies, or ice cream, chocolate is found in many different foods and styles of cooking! Early readers explore the history of chocolate and how it’s made in this captivating nonfiction reader that features vibrant images and fresh, informational text.
The Mystery in Chocolate Town…Hershey, Pennsylvania– Christina, Grant, Mimi and Papa fly the Mystery Girl to Hershey, Pennsylvania just in time for the 100th anniversary of the famous candy company. Their plans are to tour the chocolate-scented town (with the Hershey Kisses streetlights!) and eat chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. But when silver dollars go missing, the mystery family goes into action to save the day! Well, hopefully! Christina is excited about the research, Grant has a tummy ache (wonder why?) And, Mimi won’t go near a scale! Join the fun-it’s a real treat of a mystery!
Smart About Chocolate: A Sweet History– Our unique, kid-friendly Smart About series continues with something for your sweet tooth! Smart About Chocolate is “chock-full” of fun facts about the history of chocolate, from the Mayans to Milton Hershey! Kids will learn how chocolate comes from beans of the rain forest’s cacao trees and how candymakers in England and Switzerland first produced the chocolate we know and love today. Includes recipes and recommendations of classic books about chocolate.
The Story of Chocolate– Stunning photographs and engaging, age-appropriate stories are guaranteed to capture a child’s interest while developing reading skills and general knowledge. DK Readers allow progression from stories for beginning readers with simple sentences and word repetition through to stories with rich vocabulary and more challenging sentence structure for proficient readers.
Who Was Milton Hershey?– Discover the man behind the chocolate bar! Milton Hershey’s life was filled with invention and innovation. As a young man, he was not afraid to dream big and work hard. Eventually, he learned the secret to mass-producing milk chocolate and the recipe that gave it a longer, more stable shelf life. He founded a school for those who didn’t have access to a good education and an entire town for his employees. Both his chocolate empire and his great personal legacy live on today.
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