Children's Bookshelf - May 2015
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Cooking With Your Children
by Shelley Spoering

Cooking with your children is fun! We offer cooking classes at the Simsbury Public Library during the summer and around the holidays. These are some of the cookbooks we have used.

Molly's Cookbook: A Peek at Dining in the Past with Meals You Can Cook Today
The American Girls Collection.
Using Molly’s Cookbook, you can go back to the 1940s and recreate some of the meals that were popular then. How about Toad-in the Hole for breakfast? Or Vitamin A Salad for lunch or dinner? And, then there are these favorites: Waldorf Salad, Victory Garden Soup and Nut-and-Raisin Bread, just to name a few. Each recipe comes with full-color photographs of the dish, simple, easy-to-follow directions, tips for making the process go quicker and some added history. Other cookbooks in this series include cookbooks for Kirsten, Samantha, Felicity and Addy. The cookbook series was updated and expanded as the Cooking Studios series. Either series is easy to use and full of information about the times in which the girls lived.

Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food
by Jessica Seinfeld.
In this book, Jessica Seinfeld addresses the problems of childhood obesity and getting kids to eat healthy. Her recipes sneak veggies into familiar recipes in the form of a puree that is added, but not noticed by the kids, to make the dish healthier. The recipes are accompanied by full-color photos as well as comments by some of the child testers. Some of the familiar foods included in this cookbook are: macaroni and cheese, pizza, pancakes and brownies. Seinfeld does not claim to be a chef or nutrition expert, but rather a frustrated mom who tried many ways to get her own kids to eat healthier. These recipes work for her, and were tested on her own family as well as friends’ families.

The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories
by Barbara M. Walker.
Being a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan and a librarian, I like the idea of tying literature into the cooking I do here at the library. This book includes over 100 recipes from Laura’s pioneer childhood, taken from her books. They have been researched and tested by the author. Each recipe has a short excerpt from the book where it is found, along with comments from the author explaining the recipe or the times. Some of the recipes we tried here at the library were: ginger water, heart-shaped cakes and vanity cakes. This book is fun and interesting just to read!

Baking with Tiny Tots: Over 50 Easy Recipes for Young Children to Enjoy Making
by Becky Johnson.
Younger children like to bake, too! This cookbook is especially designed to showcase some easy recipes for the younger set. Besides the recipes, there are photos of really cute kids taken while they are making these dishes. With a little help from an adult, children can create treats for the whole family such as Lemon Sand Castles, Rock Cakes, Pizza Faces, or Bread Monsters. 

Events at the Simsbury Public Library

The Simsbury Public Library offers programs for all ages. Here are some that are scheduled for May:

  • Once Upon a Story Time with Mrs. Moody: Mondays and Fridays, 10 and 11 a.m. Kids, ages 2 and up with a caregiver, will enjoy stories, songs and a craft in this drop-in program in the Discovery Room.
  • Bouncing Babies: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. An informal program of stories, rhymes and songs for children, from birth-23 months, with an adult. Drop-in. Discovery Room.
  • Ring Around the Rosie: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. A music and movement program for ages 2 and up with a caregiver. Drop-in. Discovery Room.
  • Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: LEGO®Mania, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for ages 5 and up with caregiver. Drop-in.
  • Tuesdays, May 5 and 19: Chess and Go Club, 3:45-4:45 p.m. for grades 2-6.
  • Thursdays, May 7 and 21: Baking for Grades K-2 at 4 p.m. Enjoy “Wacky Cake” on May 7 and “Lightning Cake” on May 21. Registration required.
  • Saturday, May 9: Time for Music, 10:30 a.m. for ages 1-4 with an adult. The drop-in program is sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club.
  • Thursdays, May 14 and 28: Baking for Grades 3-6 at 4 p.m. “Best Ever Brownies” on May 14 and “Old Fashioned Gingerbread” on May 28. Registration required.
  • Saturday, May 16: Lunch with Mike, noon. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while listening to Mike and singing along. Drop-in. Library lawn. Rain or shine.
  • Saturday, May 16: Tails of Joy R.E.A.D. to a dog at the library for grades K-6 from 1-3 p.m. Drop-in.
  • Tuesday, May 19: Discover Dance: Meet a Ballerina, 1:30 p.m. for ages 2-5. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
  • Wednesday, May 20: Maker Buddies: Water Balloons, 4 p.m. for grades 1-6. This program is part of the Innovators’ Workshop at the Simsbury Public Library. Registration required.

The Simsbury Public Library is located at 725 Hopmeadow Street. For more information, call 860-658-7663 or visit

Shelley Spoering is the children’s librarian at the Simsbury Public Library.




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