I scream, you scream…

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Who doesn’t love ice cream? In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. Enjoy a treat from a local ice cream shop such as The Ice Cream Barn in Mill Spring, Trade Street Creamery in Tryon, or the Saluda Sweet Shoppe. Then head to the library or download one of PCPL’s digital apps (Libby or Hoopla) to check out one of these sweet books!



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Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons

Cool and smooth and sweet, ice cream has long been a favorite treat. How did it get to be so scrumptious? This book dishes out the scoop on ice cream production, from its humble beginnings as a mixture of snow, milk, and rice. Children’s mouths will be watering as they follow ice cream’s journey from farm to factory to freezer.


The Ice Cream Machine by Adam Rubin

A boy and his robot nanny travel the globe in search of the world’s tastiest treat. A girl and her sister compete in an ice cream eating contest against an honest-to-goodness pig. A child prodigy invents a new way to create the freshest dessert ever. Each story features illustrations from a different artist, making this book unlike any you’ve ever seen. So grab a cup or a cone, and watch out for brain freeze! 


Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz

Follow along with our narrator as he passes through his busy neighborhood in search of the Paletero Man. But when he finally catches up with him, our narrator’s pockets are empty. Oh no! What happened to his dinero? It will take the help of the entire community to get the tasty treat now. Full of musicality, generosity, kindness, and ice pops, this book is sure to satisfy readers of all ages.




Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson

Harlem teenager Nala is looking forward to a summer of movies and ice cream until she falls in love with the very woke Tye and pretends to be a social activist.


Sweets & Treats with Six Sisters’ Stuff

A collection of dessert recipes from the authors of the popular cooking and lifestyle blog offers more than one hundred of their best recipes coupled with new, original sweets and treats, including cakes, cookies, pies, brownies, and ice cream.


Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. There are some differences. This America has been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Seventeen-year-old Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.




No-Churn Ice Cream by Leslie Bilderback

In every country you’ll find people eating ice cream on street corners, in markets, and in fancy restaurants. But the number of people who make it at home is much smaller. The reason? Making this sweet treat yourself is kind of a pain. Ice cream machines can be expensive, bulky and hard to store, or cheap and inefficient. But what if you could make your own ice cream at home without all of the fuss, for a fraction of the cost of buying it, and without any special equipment? This book is a mouthwatering collection of shortcuts and classic culinary techniques that help you achieve delicious, artisanal results.


Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard

A small-town B&B owner gets more than she bargained for in this first installment of a Southern cozy mystery series that’s as sweet as a Georgia peach.


Cookies & Cream by Tessa Arias

Perfect for bakers and dessert lovers everywhere, ice cream sandwiches are delicious and fun to make. This tasty little cookbook includes more than 50 winning combinations like Strawberry Cheesecake, Red Velvet, Boston Cream Pie, and of course, Cookies and Cream. 


Jen Pace Dickenson is the Youth Services Librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For information about the library’s resources, programs, and other services, visit polklibrary.org or call (828) 894-8721.