Hidden Shelf
Jun 4, 2021
16 min read

We are a doughnut loving family! I love that the popular “national days” give us the excuse to indulge in these delicious treats! What better way to celebrate this sweet holiday than sinking your teeth into a tasty tale–featuring our favorite fried delicacy of course! 

Grab your favorite doughnut (and a cup of coffee) and start reading! 

If You Give a Dog a Donut, by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond 

From the beloved creators of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Did you know there is also a Netflix series with all our favorite Numeroff and Bond characters?

Doughnuts for a Dragon, by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain, and Lee Wildish 

Doughnuts? Check. Dragons? Check. Catchy rhymes? Check. Adventure? Check. What’s not to love?

Dough Knights and Dragons, written by Dee Leone & illustrated by George Ermos

More rhymes, more dragons, more adventure, colorful illustrations, lessons about friendships and finding common ground with perceived enemies, make this an unforgettable sweet reimagined fairy tale.

Dozens of Doughnuts, written by Carrie Finison & illustrated by Brianne Farley

Counting, sharing, and a doughnut feast before hibernation.


Donuts: The Hole Story, David W Miles

Bright illustrations with personified donuts, like the maple bar lumberjack! A world made for and of donuts! A perfect ode to Donut Day!

The Donut That Roared: A Child’s Guide to Surviving an MRI,  Joan Yordy Brasher and Susanna Pritchett 
I am always a huge fan of books that take difficult situations, or new situations, and make them more approachable for kids (and parents)!


Donut the Destroyer, Sarah Graley and, Stef Purenins
Graphic novel with a main character named, Donut

“A fun and vibrant adventure comic for fans of video games, adventure, or friendship tales.” — School Library Journal

The Doughnut Fix, Jessie Janowitz
A perfect book for:

•  Ages 9-12
•  Children with the entrepreneurial spirit!
•  Parents and teachers looking to inspire a growth mindset!
•  Young foodies looking for fun recipes!

Doughnut: A Global History, Heather Delancey Hunwick
“Heather Hunswick takes readers on an exciting ride from Ancient Egypt and Rome, through medieval and Renaissance Europe, and up to the New World. Here, doughnuts evolved from the open-hearth to the present, with its many old and familiar local favorites, popular commercial brands, and new waves of mouth-watering artisanal creations.  Sure to delight doughnut lovers and food historians alike.”


Jessica Beck Donut Mystery Series

Mysteries with a delicible (cinnamon) twist. Featuring our favorite fried treat on the cover and in the title, and somehow connected to the story… you’ll have to read it to find out how! 

Enhance the mystery series with the: The Official Donut Mysteries Cookbook!

Donut Go Breaking My Heart : A Wish Novel, Suzanne Nelson.

Part of Suzanne Nelsons’ punny foodie teen romance novels. Others include: You’re Bacon Me Crazy, I Only Have Pies for you, Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life, A Batch Made in Heaven, Sundae My Prince Will Come a book for nearly every national food day!

The Warden’s Son, Jerry Clapp 

Hidden Shelf’s  newest release. This book isn’t about donuts, but rather about Jerry Clapp’s recollections growing up right outside the gate of the Idaho State Penitentiary. Tidbits of Idaho History, untold stories, and here is the tie in: inmates fried up tasty treats during their time behind bars, and the donuts at the penitentiary were said to be the best in town!

Doughnuts: 90 Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home by Lara Ferroni 
And of course we couldn’t complete the list without a cookbook recommendation– it was hard to pick just 1 cookbook to include on this list. Bright beautiful pictures, easy to follow instructions, and unique creations like Pineapple Fritters (and options for vegan and gluten free varieties) landed this cookbook on our reading list for National Doughnut Day! Honorable mentions: The Ultimate Kids’ Baking Book: 60 Easy and Fun Dessert Recipes for Every Holiday, Birthday, Milestone and More by Tiffany Dahle and  Mini Donuts: 100 Bite-Sized Donut Recipes to Sweeten Your “Hole” Day by Jessica Segarra

Written by Rachel Wickstrom 

Rachel Wickstrom coordinates marketing at Hidden Shelf Publishing house. She’s an avid reader, master party-planner, craft enthusiast, a mom to two young boys with wildly long hair, and is married to a hospital chaplain. As an Oregon native, Rachel’s childhood memories are scented with juniper berries and the crisp mountain air of Central Oregon. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho where her days are scented with lukewarm coffee, and spilled snacks.

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