Get ready to salivate: October 28th is National Chocolate Day, and you know you want a tasty book to tide you over until the actual candy rolls in come Halloween night. This list has a morsel of everything: chapter books, nonfiction, picture books, and more. Here are some of our favorite chocoholic reads to tantalize your taste buds.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
How could any list of chocolate-themed reads leave out this perennial classic? Poor and hungry Charlie Bucket wins a Golden Ticket to see his idol, Willy Wonka, in person and tour his amazing chocolate factory. The result is one of our all-time favorite stories.
2. The Chocolate Touch – Patrick Skene Catling
Wouldn’t it be amazing if everything you touched turned to chocolate? In a creative twist on the tale of King Midas, our hero, John, accidentally brings his gifts to bear on his mom and must find a way to get her back.
The Candymakers – Wendy Mass
Four kids must choose a winner in a confection competition that will make you green with envy. A fantastic choice for fans of The Westing Game and Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, this surprisingly heartfelt and tender read is often categorized as YA and best for older readers and is written from multiple characters’ perspectives.
Whopper Cake – Karma Wilson
This verse-based story is just plain fun: chaotic, messy, and perfect for younger readers to enjoy independently or by reading aloud to or with a parent. Crazy ingredients pile on as the titular confection increases as grandpa “traumatize[s] the kitchen” in his attempts to make a suitably spectacular cake for his wife’s birthday.
No Monkeys, No Chocolate – Melissa Stewart and Allen Young
Best for older elementary and early middle school readers, this nonfiction picture book is replete with humor and excellent information about the many plants and animals that must work together for cacao beans – and likewise, chocolate – to exist. Anyone who appreciates chocolate and wants to understand its origins should give this a read.
Chocolate Fever – Robert Kimmel Smith
First published in 1972, this classic wonders what would become of a boy who ate chocolate at every meal, to the exclusion of all else. Would he, indeed, break out in chocolatey brown spots, becoming an overnight medical curiosity? Though some of its language is dated, this is a charming read-aloud or independent venture.
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake – Michael B. Kaplan
“I am going to marry chocolate cake,” Betty Bunny declares, stashing a piece in her pocket. Thus begins a parable of patience starring a little girl whose own parents refer to her as “a handful” and who is not above smuggling cake in her sock. Betty is far from a heroine worthy of emulation, but just about anyone can relate to her.
Hot Fudge: Bunnicula and Friends #2 – James Howe
Remember, kids: in real life, chocolate is poisonous to dogs and should never be given to them. But for Harold Monroe, the scruffy hero of Bunnicula, chocolate is love; chocolate is life. Adult, longtime fans of Bunnicula may not know that an Easy Reader series based on the original novel was released starting in 2005; this chocolate-centric volume is the second in the series and will enable younger children to enjoy these beloved characters on their own.