Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?

Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?, written by George Shannon and illustrated by Julie Paschkis, is nominated for the 14-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? is a great book for teaching students that we are all interdependent. Many young readers have likely never thought about what really goes into making a cookie (or anything else). It’s much more than simply baking cookies with mom or dad and placing the treats in a jar. Who grew the flour to make the cookies, who created the cookie sheets for baking, who cared for the chickens that laid the eggs needed in the recipe, who drove the trucks that delivered ingredients to the grocery store?

The questions are seemingly endless, but this book at least helps students to start thinking about these things. By helping others and cooperating, they can achieve a common goal. It can be something as simple as making a cookie or something as huge as working toward a peaceful world. The idea of working together has to start somewhere. Why not with a cookie?

In addition to teaching students the concept of cooperation, Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? may also be a resource for teaching about natural resources, and how those resources are used to make products we see everyday.

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The Gingerbread Pirates

The Gingerbread Pirates, written by Kristin Kladstrup and illustrated by Matt Tavares, is a perfect Christmas book for boys–or anyone who loves pirates!

When Jim gets the idea to make a crew of gingerbread pirates, he never expects them to come to life. When Jim is sleeping and waiting on Santa to arrive, the pirates, led by Captain Cookie, try to band together so that this mysterious Santa Claus doesn’t eat them. When they meet the jolly old man, however, the pirates are in for a bit of a surprise. It seems that Santa has a gift for even them!

After reading this book, I foresee lots of children trying to make their own gingerbread pirates in the hopes that the cookies will come to life and have an adventure of their own. That should make for a fun Christmas Eve!