Foody booklist for The Great British Bake Off

Bake Me a Festive Story

To celebrate the return of The Great British Bake Off, we've sieved together some great baking book recommendations to get you in the foody mood.

With the zest of dragons, a hint of Chris Riddell and garnished with a bit royalty, this booklist is perfect for children aged 4-10 years old.

  • Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death

    Author: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 8-14
    Reading age: 8+

    Chris Riddell's third book in the Goth Girl series intrigues and delights with a cakey combination of adventure, love and webbed footnotes.

  • Ellie's Magical Bakery: A Royal Tea for Royalty

    Author: Ellie Simmonds Illustrator: Kimberley Scott
    Publisher: Red Fox
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 6+

    This is the fourth in the Ellie's Magical Bakery series. Ellie tries to win a trip to London by magically helping her relatives to succeed in a baking competition in order to swim in the Olympic Park Pool.

  • Baker’s Magic

    Author: Diane Zahler
    Publisher: Capstone
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    An orphaned girl with a talent for baking must use courage, intelligence and just a little bit of magic to save her country from a wicked mage in this fantasy adventure for younger readers.

  • The Secret Cooking Club

    Author: Laurel Remington
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 11-14
    Reading age: 10+

    Since Scarlett became the main subject of her mum's popular lifestyle blog, her confidence has plummeted - but a happy accident and an old recipe book open the door to new interests, friends and opportunities.

  • Can I Eat That?

    Author: Joshua David Stein Illustrator: Julia Rothman
    Publisher: Phaidon Press
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 7+

    A quirky combination of fact and fun, this distinctive picture book about food poses questions that inquisitive children typically ask, such as: 'If I eat jelly and I eat fish, can I eat jellyfish?' Stylish, witty and informative.

  • The Royal Bake Off

    Author: Clémentine Beauvais Illustrator: Becka Moor
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    Holly and Anna Burnbright try to win the Royal Bake Off so they can afford to go on holiday.

  • Caramel Hearts

    Author: E R Murray
    Publisher: Alma Books
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    One day, 14-year-old Liv discovers recipes written in her mother's handwriting, and this sets her off on a journey towards self-discovery and reconciliation. A beautifully told story about what it takes to get through hard times.

  • The Bear Cub Bakers

    Author: Caroline Baxter Illustrator: Kathi Ember
    Publisher: Big Sunshine Books
    Reading age: 6+

    A group of young bear cubs go to Miss Betsy Bear's baking school for a week of fun in the kitchen - but who will take home the golden trophy for best baker at the end of the week?

  • Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Douglas wakes up to find sticky honey footprints leading from his cupboard to the tree outside, where the sheep are collecting everything they need to bake honey cakes. Problem is, Douglas needs to put honey on everything he eats, otherwise it doesn't taste right!

  • The Baking Life of Amelie Day

    Publisher: Curious Fox
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    In some ways Amelie Day is a teenager like any other, much of her day-to-day life revolving around her best friend, school, loyal boyfriend and fretful mother.  However, in other ways, she is rather less typical...

  • The Great Dragon Bake Off

    Author: Nicola O'Byrne
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Flamie Oliver is a terrifying dragon with a secret: he's passionate about pastry! But he must kidnap a princess and eat her in order to pass Ferocious Dragon Academy!

  • Bake Me a Festive Story

    Author: Nadiya Hussain Illustrator: Clair Rossiter
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    The ever-popular Nadiya Hussain is back with her unique combination of storybook and cookbook – but this time, there's a festive twist! 

  • Princess Arabella and the Giant Cake

    Author: Mylo Freeman Translator: Laura Watkinson
    Publisher: Cassava Republic
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Princess Arabella loved her recent birthday party so much that she wishes she could have another one. Thankfully, Grandma’s birthday is just days away. A joyful, multi-ethnic tale in the Princess Arabella series, with vibrant illustrations.