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Children's Fiction Cooking & Food

Baby Cakes

by (author) Theo Heras

illustrated by Renné Benoit

Pajama Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Nov 2017
Cooking & Food, Humorous Stories, Siblings
Recommended Age
1 to 3
Recommended Grade
p to k
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2017
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price

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Baby and his older sister are helping with the baking, but kitty wants to help too. After some mischief, messes, and minor mishaps, everybody gets to enjoy the treats together.

The sibling duo from Hat On, Hat Off are back in another household adventure, exploring and playing in the kitchen. These little ones know baking is hard and messy work, but it sure is fun. Put on an apron, gather ingredients, measure the flour—try to keep kitty off the counter! Wash sticky fingers, and let mommy put the cakes in the oven. Waiting is the hardest part, but time flies for these playmates whose patience is rewarded with more than just baby cakes.

Little helpers will be keen to work in the kitchen after reading this sweet story. Told in simple text, and delivered in a sturdy, padded cover with stronger pages that are perfect for little hands, Baby Cakes highlights curiosity being explored right at home. The small and familiar moments of childhood are cherished in these heart-warming books written by Theo Heras and illustrated by the award-winning Renné Benoit.


About the authors

Theo Heras is a performer, speaker, book reviewer, and a children's librarian. Passionate about literature and programming for babies and toddlers, Theo is the author of the juvenile titles Hat On, Hat Off, Baby Cakes, and Where’s Bunny?, which was a Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice. She has also recorded two albums: What Will We Do with the Baby-O?, and Seashell, Sing a Song to Me. Theo lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Theo Heras' profile page

Renné Benoit is living her childhood dream of being an artist. Trained in graphic design, she is the award-winning illustrator of more than 15 books for children. Her awards include the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for Children's Literature for Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion; the OLA Silver Birch Express Award for The Secret of the Village Fool; and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for both Fraser Bear and Goodbye to Griffith Street. The latter was also nominated for the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Award. Big City Bees was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, and A Year of Borrowed Men was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, among others. Renné lives in St. Thomas, Ontario.


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  • Commended, Shelf Awareness "Dogs Days" round up selection

Excerpt: Baby Cakes (by (author) Theo Heras; illustrated by Renné Benoit)

Time to bake! Put on an apron. Here are a big bowl and measuring cups and spoons.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Baby Cakes

2022 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection

2018 Shelf Awareness "Dogs Days" round up selection

"This pleasant book makes baking look like so much fun that kiddos are likely to be inspired to try to help out in the kitchen."—Booklist

"Benoit offers a wide variety of perspectives so readers can see the way the batter looks in a big bowl, while on another page, the younger boy's eyes barely peek over the top of the baking tin. Recipes for chocolate cupcakes and vanilla frosting appear on the endpapers. VERDICT This brief story will go over well in a storytime with a cooking theme. A sweet treat that's sure to please."—School Library Journal

"Although [Mommy] is in the kitchen, the focus is on the children's activities, and the use of low-tech tools -- they cream the butter by hand, hence the 'hard work' -- ensures that they can be active participants rather than bystanders....Benoit's art features distinct outlines, rounded figures, and soft colors -- the mutual affection is apparent on every page. A recipe for success."—Kirkus Reviews

"For both children and adults, Renné Benoit's adroit and totally appealing illustrations of childhood are another treat and she perfectly captures the fleeting nature of these small familiar moments of curious children... and cats!...[Baby Cakes] is great for a public library or a parent/grandparent who likes to bake."—Resource Links Magazine

"Told in simple text by Theo Heras, charmingly illustrated on every page by Renne Benoit, and delivered in a sturdy, padded cover with stronger pages that are perfect for little hands, Baby especially recommended for children ages 1 to 3, making it appropriate for family, daycare center, preschool, and community library collections."—Midwest Book Review

"Very expressive digitally created watercolor illustrations accompanied by very large bold typeface create a very endearing story."—Youth Services Book Review

With connections of family and a love for baking, this is a great read for little ones.”—YA Books Central

"[W]hen I'd recently read [my daughter] Baby Cakes, by Theo Heras and Renne Benoit, she declared, 'That's such a good book, Mommy.'...This book would make a great Christmas gift from 3-5-year-olds. With simple vocabulary, a brother and sister work together to make cupcakes (with the unhelpful assistance of their pet cat)....The recipe inside makes for a nice extension of the book, bringing the story to life and inspiring the reader to try something new. That the brother and sister in the story bake together without the help of grown-ups (except for with the oven) inspires independence. Plus, the cupcakes were delicious."—Pickle Me This

"The illustrations are cute and everyone looks like they are having fun....a nice idea for kids who like to help in the kitchen....[T]here has been much discussion of late of more children's books where the children can see themselves in the books they read, requiring more diverse characters in kids' books, especially where the characters are just themselves without commentary on race or ethnicity and I was pleased to see this book as a great example of filling that need."—Canadian Bookworm

"The text is presented as short, catchy sentences and phrases and is complemented by colourful illustrations....Recommended."—CM Magazine

“5 out of 5 stars…This is such a cute little book!... I love the adorable illustrations. The art style is soft with warm colors…You can almost smell the delicious aroma of the cakes wafting off the pages.”—Luminous Libro

Baby Cakes is a board book that follows a pair of siblings…as they go through the steps of baking some “baby cakes”… I just noticed a “Parental Guide” on the back of this book that tells caretakers what topics appear in the book. What a brilliant way to quickly scan what the book may entail!”—@ohthebookswelove

“What a sweet treat this story was! It will certainly get your toddlers excited to bake and to share delicious treats with a friend.”—@raisingreaderstobecomeleaders

“Simple text, sweet illustrations, and thick board book pages make this perfect for the youngest readers.”—Charlotte Offsay (Instagram)

Other titles by Theo Heras

Other titles by Renné Benoit