Berry Books for Summer

Hello there! Hope you are having a lovely summer so far...As we prepare for the upcoming holiday weekend we thought we would collect a few books from our archive to celebrate the joyful days of sunshine and warm, juicy berries. In addition we are including Off the Shelf Shop with some berry book-inspired toys and treasures. You might also enjoy Red, White, and Blue Cornbread and Hooray for the Red White and Blue Painting to help you celebrate Independence Day. 

Happy 4th of July from Off the Shelf!

Berry Books, Recipe and Art Activities -


Berry Books

Read about Sal's adventure's picking blueberries with her mother in Blueberries for Sal and then make your own blueberry yogurt pops and blueberry paint. 

Jamberry is a book full of berry-licious silly rhyming fun. We creating a recipe for Whole Wheat Jamberry Crumble Bars and a Pop Art Jamberry art activity to go along with this fun read.  

Who will end up with the tasty prize in The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear? Read and find out, then try making Red Ripe Strawberry Sandwiches with Whipped Cream Cheese and a Little Mouse Mask! 


Berry Recipes

IMG_0865Blueberry Buckle Cake


6a014e8a618bd6970d019b0079415a970bBewitching Blueberry Pancakes


L is for Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes


Berry Smear


Homemade Strawberry Jam -
Homemade Strawberry Jam


Raspberry Sherbet



Blueberry Yogurt Pops


Berry Art Activities


Blueberry Paint


Blueberry Art -

Magic Blueberry Art


Off the Shelf Shop 


Bring all the berry books to life with these Felt Food Berries for imaginative play. Shop CreationbyM has amazing felt foods: how about a banana or a tangerine that you can actually peel?!


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Blueberries for Sal

by Robert McCloskey

Beloved author Robert McCloskey wrote and illustrated Blueberries for Sal, a gentle adventure story that won the Caldecott Honor Book award in 1949. From the minute you open the cover you will feel yourself relax and be drawn into the world of Little Sal and Little Bear.

The beautiful two-page introductory illustration of Sal and her mother canning blueberries sets the tone for this sweet book filled with just enough suspense that young readers will be holding their breath in anticipation. The gentle humor of two mothers' mix-up will appeal to kids’ sense of humor and the detailed blue-black illustrations allow readers to feel they too are on Blueberry Hill on a beautiful, sunny day. A true classic every book lover will treasure for years to come.


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by Bruce Degen

Hello friends!

It's almost summer, and that means one thing: Berry Season! Whether the juicy jems have arrived at your Farmer's markets or you still have a few weeks to wait, you can celebrate the mouthwatering bounty with this week's book. 

Bruce Degen has captured the essence of early summer joy and given us the delicious gift Jamberry. Your days will be filled with chanting and rhyming once you are under the spell of this tale of a boy and a bear as they frolic their way through a silly and magical adventure in Berryland.

The text is whimsical and fun and moves along with a musical, poetic beat sure to enchant everyone within earshot, as this book is best read aloud. Adding to the frivolity are the joyful, engaging illustrations. Each page is a seek-and-find of well-placed treats that only add to the joy of returning to these pages over and over again. 

As You Read

Make a game of finding as many of the silly details as possible. Can your young reader find the marshmallow cattails? the butter pat water lilies? 

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