What to Read Wednesday: Ice Cream! Books for Kids

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Ice Cream and a Good Book

What could be better?

My youngest child LOVES the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems. In fact, these are the books that were the turning point for him to learn to read independently. Because he chose them on his own, and because he enjoys the characters and storyline so much, he happily picked these books up to read on his own, to read aloud to me, and to use as inspiration to write and illustrate his own stories.

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One of his favorites, Should I Share My Ice Cream? is a fun book to read on hot summer days along with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. We have a small ice cream maker, so homemade ice cream is a weekly treat at our house. My grandmama used to make Ice Milk for dessert often, and it is a yummy treat that is a little bit lighter than traditional ice cream.

All you need are an ice cream machine and three simple ingredients: Milk, Sugar, and Vanilla (the real stuff, not imitation). Here’s how to make it:

What to Read Link Up: Ice Cream mylearningtable.com

Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

Vanilla Ice Milk

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tblsp vanilla

Whisk all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into the barrel of your ice cream maker and churn until set. Scrape into plastic container when done, cover, and place in the freezer for 2 hours or until desired consistency.

If you don’t have an ice cream machine, you can mix this as above, and then place directly in the freezer instead of churning first. Take out of freezer every hour, stir, and replace until desired consistency is reached.

My grandmama would make this early in the day and store it in her freezer until after supper. It was always such a special treat. Now, my family is enjoying this recipe from the past.

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Comments (8)

  1. Bernadyn

    What an easy recipe, would love to try it with my kids! I’ll have to check out that book, too.

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thank you, Bernadyn!

  2. Crystal Green

    This is the perfect link up for me. Ice cream and a good book is a perfect combination. Thanks for hosting this link-up.

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thanks for joining in, Crystal. 🙂

  3. Meagan

    My nieces and I love these books! It is such a cute series and so much fun for the kids. We read them all the time when we babysit before they go to bed. My little niece is just learning how to read and these are the books she chooses. It’s awesome! I love the ice cream idea with it. I’m totally going to do this with them the next time we are over there. Too much fun! Love it!

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      That sounds like fun, Meagan. It’s great that you read with them when you babysit. It’s such a special thing to share a book! 🙂

  4. Jill

    I want an ice cream maker hard! It’s on my Christmas list.

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      We have a small countertop model, and it is super easy to make ice cream for a special dessert. It only takes about 30 minutes! We love the Williams-Sonoma ice cream starters, too. They are really simple and delicious!


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