In the book world, the month of November is dedicated to reading and sharing non-fiction books. This month I’ll be sharing some non-fiction books that I think would be great for readers, young and old. These books will cover various topics and interests.

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Cookie Queen Cover


How One Girl Started Tate’s Bake Shop®

By: Kathleen King and Lowey Bundy Sichol

Illustrated by: Ramona Kaulitzki

Published: July 18, 2023

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers


At the age of eleven, Kathleen King had made a deal with her dad. She could sell her chocolate chip cookies at their family’s farm stand and keep all her profits to buy clothes for school. Kathleen’s cookies were great and sold well at their farm stand, but she wanted to make the BEST cookies. And to Kathleen, the BEST cookies were thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies, not the soft gooey ones that everyone else was selling.

Kathleen kept tweaking her recipe, adding more flour, more eggs, or more salt. Until one day she had the idea to add more salted butter. Plus she made her cookies the size of a small plate. That was the magic formula for Kathleen’s thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies. Customers stood in line for Kathleen’s cookies that summer and many summers after.

Cookie Queen page spread

At the age of twenty, Kathleen opened her first bakery and twenty years later, started Tate’s Bake Shop, named after her father. Tate’s Bake Shop cookies come in all kinds of flavors and are sold in grocery stores all over the United States. Kathleen’s story of perseverance in finding the perfect cookie recipe reminds kids that whatever you dream you can do, you can achieve it if you work hard and keep trying.

Kathleen’s story reminds me of kids who sell bracelets at craft shows or Cricut designs on shirts and cups. They have a dream of being their own boss and work hard to make it happen. The illustrations allow kids to see themselves as Kathleen, as a child working hard to help out her parents while also getting up early to make another batch of cookies. Readers will be delighted by a special surprise at the end of the book, a recipe for Kathleen & Tate’s Molasses Cookies, the first cookie she baked with her father. I can’t wait to try them as well.

Kathleen King is the founder of TATE’S BAKE SHOP®, a multimillion-dollar cookie company, named after her beloved father. Tate’s best-selling cookie is, of course, its Chocolate Chip Cookie. Many famous people have called Tate’s the best chocolate chip cookie in the world! Kathleen is also the author of Baking for Friends and The TATE’S BAKE SHOP® Cookbook. This is her first book for children.

Lowey Bundy Sichol is an award-winning children’s author. She is a leading expert in teaching business and entrepreneurship to kids. Her various work has won: Junior Library Guild Gold Selection, 2020 Best Children’s Book Council book, 2020 International Literacy Association Book, 2020-2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, among many more. Visit Lowey at

Ramona Kaulitzki is a book illustrator based in Potsdam, Germany. She is also the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Sisters First, Badger’s Perfect Garden, and Wonderful You, among others.

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