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50 New Picture Books for Fall 2014

With summer behind us and another school year underway, now's a great time to look ahead and see what new picture books are about to hit our shelves. While there were some notable releases early in the year, 2014's picture book scene got off to a relatively quiet start. All that changes this Fall. …

Children's Book Review: Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann. Greenwillow, $17.99 (128p) ISBN 978-0-06-228957-5

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty<p>Christine Heppermann. Greenwillow, $17.99 (128p) ISBN 978-0-06-228957-5<p>More By and About This Author<p>In a …

Books

A Strong Summer for Kids' and YA Books in Bookstores

Movies, movies, and more movies were the key to book sales for teens and younger readers this summer. Although John Green’s <i>The Fault in Our Stars</i> was …

Books

Book Trailer: DON'T TOUCH by Rachel M. Wilson

The Royal Babysitters - GuardianWitness

Well, my 7 yo thought this was very funny. 2 girls desperate to make some pocket money go off in search of a job. The 1st job they go for isn't suitable so they get given the role of Royal Babysitters to 8 Princes. It's a tough job and they are faced with an evil King and robotic mermaids. Luckily, …

Shirley Hughes: 'learning to look at pictures is a skill' – video

Listen to Shirley Hughes talk about what inspired her new book Daisy Saves The Day which is set at the same time as the coronation of King George V, when girls from poorer families went into service as maids at a very young age – leaving their families and homes behind.<p>Twelve-year-old Daisy wants …

The World’s First Children’s Book about a Two-Mom Family

<i>“Many homosexuals live together in stable relationships. The time will come when homosexual marriages are recognized,”</i> two Danish psychologists predicted in their honest, controversial, and now-iconic guide to teenage sexuality in 1969. But decades would pass before their prognosis would slowly, …

The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren - review

In this book there are six children who live in the same village. They live in three houses called North Farm, South Farmhouse and Middle Farmhouse. The three girls play together while the boys (who are older) go off on their own. Some of them are brothers and sisters, but Olle lives on his own …

Were children nicer to each other in the old days?

The Book Doctor answers an interesting question from a young reader who notices that children seem to argue less in books written before the second world war, from The Little House on the Prairie to Swallows and Amazons. But it is just an illusion?<p>In books set before the second world war groups of …

Enter our young critics competition 2014

<b>This competition is now closed.</b><p>The Guardian is celebrating the best of this year’s children’s fiction with our amazing annual prize, the Guardian children’s fiction prize, and we really want you to be involved too.<p>If you are aged 17 or under and love reading, you can enter our Young Critics …

Top 10 characters that didn't make Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Happy Roald Dahl Day! Did you know that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be 50 years old next month? Roald Dahl spent a long time working on it before it was published, half a century ago and in his very first version there were not five children who went round Mr Wonka's factory but 10! And …

S'mores Cake Jars! Cooking with Squish Episode 2 - Great Kids Smores Recipe

Chef'n Cakewalk Cake Decorating Kit

You need some basic tools when you are decorating cakes. While you can get by with nothing more than an offset spatula if you need to, it makes your …

Nespresso Citiz and HiLine Coffee Giveaway

When I became pregnant with Elle I pretty much gave up all caffeine. Sure I’d indulge in a latte here and there, but my 2-3 cup daily fix became a …

Cinna-mini Cookie Bites

September 9, 2014<p>I think you guys know by now that I love making mini treats. There’s just something about being bite-size that makes eating sweets …

Swing And A "Mist"

We here at Cake Wrecks know parting can be such sweet sorrow.<p>So here are 9 cakes to ruin the moment.<p>Oh great, <i>here come the water works.</i><p>Maybe it's …

Ice Cream Parlor Mixing Set

There are two types of ice cream shops. At one, you can get a couple of scoops in the bowl or cone of your choice. In the other, ice cream scoopers …

Thai Inspired Baked Chicken Thighs-with yoyomax12

Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cheesecake Souffles

Souffles are a fun dessert to make when you feel like baking something a little bit fancy, because many souffle recipes are not difficult to execute …

Well, This Is Awkward...

I think it's safe to say these parents just won the brass nipple ring of Awkward First Birthday Cakes:<p><i>(Note: Picture taken down at customer's</i> …

Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Bars

<i>Cookie Bars are loaded with miniature peanut butter cups and finished with a chocolate and peanut butter topping. Cut them into fun sticks for</i> …

Dessert

What is a Baked Alaska?

A Baked Alaska is a dessert with a long – and delicious – history. It is made by topping a piece of sponge cake with a generous scoop or slab of ice …

Pipe Dreams

"Okay, Tiger, <i>you can do this</i>. It's just an engagement cake, nothing to be afraid of.<p>"Here goes..."<p>"Steady... <i>steeeeady</i>..."<p>"Perfect!<p>"Now to finish up …

To polish it off, @juliabainbridge's Ginger-Watermelon Paletas

Quirky frozen treats at the Ice Bar

<b>Name of restaurant:</b><p>The Ice Bar. A dessert shop that sells frozen dessert bars.<p><b>Chef:</b> Eugene Mar. He fell in love with food at a young age, went to UC Riverside to study business and is pursuing his dream of starting a restaurant. The Ice Bar is his first. Max Boonthanakit, a former pastry cook at …