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Classic Books to Read with Milk and Cookies

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Everyone loves a reason to eat dessert — and November is National Cookie Month! Here are some classic cookie-themed picture books to enjoy with your favorite sweet treat.

The cover of the picture book The Cow Loves Cookies, which includes a yellow cow and a farmer in overalls

The Cow Loves Cookies, by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Marcellus Hall

Every creature in the barnyard has a favorite treat — but the cow wants to share the farmer’s cookies instead of eating hay. Little ones will love to bounce along with the cheerful rhymes in this book.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!, by Mo Willems

This book is one of the funniest in Willems’ delightful series that began with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Kids will giggle at Duckling and Pigeon’s antics while learning a little lesson about jealousy.

The cover of the book The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? Which includes a cartoon pigeon gaping in horror at a cartoon duckling holding a cookie
The cover of the book Milk and Cookies, which includes a small brown bear wearing green pajamas and a large gray dragon eating a pile of cookies

Milk and Cookies, by Frank Asch

Comfort kids who are having bad dreams with this sweet story of a little bear who learns that scary things might not be what they seem.

The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins

More and more visitors turn a brother and sister’s small plate of cookies into a big math problem in this funny story. 

The cover of the book The Doorbell Rang, which includes a large group of children crowded together in the kitchen looking nervously out a doorway
The cover of the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which includes a little brown mouse in overalls thing a cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

No cookie book list would be complete without this classic! Read it along with one of its many sequels, or encourage kids to make up their own “If You Give a…” stories.