Monday, April 16, 2012

Library Week Book Collaboration!

Books have always been a huge part of my life. In fact, before my "adventures in cookie-ing", i was planning on becoming a librarian. I actually have a book collection that rivals my cookie cutter collection. So needless to say, my house is being overrun by my hobbies.  Luckily, my husband doesn't mind, he has quite a collection of comic books himself:)

Whenever I can, I support my local libraries and independent book sellers.  I am planning on donating my cookies for this project to one of the local libraries and many of the cookie artists involved will be doing the same:) I am also donating $10 for each participant in this project to the First Book Organization. First Book is a non-profit organization that promotes literacy and "provides access to new books for children in need". A $10 donation is enough to supply 4 books to deserving children.

Last week was National Library Week, and to celebrate, I asked some of my cookie friends if they would be interested in making cookies to represent their favorite books:) Im thrilled to have gotten to know each of these amazingly talented ladies and i hope you enjoy the incredible cookies that they have created for this project!

The Great Gatsby

"I fell in love with The Great Gatsby as a student teacher way back when. The setting - Long Island and New York City - and Gatsby's plan to recreate his past are the two things that grabbed me the most about this novel. I have read it so many times and still revel in the beauty of the language every single time."


"The book “Heidi,” has always been a favorite of mine. As a child, I remember admiring Heidi’s inherent goodness and happy nature, even when she faced challenges. Although not named after the book, my oldest daughter’s name is ... you guessed it ... Heidi!"

Gone With The Wind

"I love to read. I think I get my love for reading from my mom. We read together every day when I was little, and then when I was a teenager, we'd read the same books and would chat about them. There really is something magical about diving into a story and being transported to another place and time. After much thought, I selected one of my all-time favorite books (and movies for that matter), Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I can still remember the summer I first read Gone with the Wind and falling in love with Scarlett and Rhett. Afterall, before there was Tris, Bella, Hermoine, or Katniss...there was Scarlett. And, in my opinion, I think she blows them all out of the water as the greatest female character of all time. For this cookie project, I decided to recreate 11 of Scarlett's famous dresses. I hope you enjoy looking at the cookies!"
~ Anne

The Leopard Dagger

"I read this book when I was in 6th grade. I was in the library looking for a book to read for an essay for my English class and a friend of mine said "I know what book you should read, you'll really like this one" She actually used the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover." I loved this book and it started my life long love of Shakespeare!"

Lord of the Rings

"I've been reading this series of books since my childhood, and read them to my children as they were growing up.  I like that, in the epic struggle between good and evil, good is portrayed as good and evil is portrayed as evil.  (Rather than evil being portrayed as something good.)  The story shows suffering, and the character it takes to endure and overcome that suffering.  It explores the reason someone may be evil, such as Gollum, and the hope for redemption.  It shows that base evil, as in Sauron, is not the same as a Gollum figure.  The story ends in victory for good.  As a Christian, I appreciate the many Christian overtones in the series.  And finally, I love how rich the 'history' is in Tolkien's books - it is a many-layered story, and how he uses the language - reading his sentences and turns of phrase are pure pleasure."

Where The Sidewalk Ends

"Growing up, I used to read this book with my parents.  The book is brimming with imagination.  The poems are simple and fun and the illustrations perfectly capture Silverstein's quirky and unique style.  It's definitely one of my favorites."

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 100 aker wood from Winnie-the-Pooh

Where the Sidewalk Ends


"This is one of my favorite stories from when i was my daughter loves having me read it to her:)  This book has always held a special place in my heart."

Sense & Sensibility

"Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors and Sense & Senbsibility is without a doubt my favorite novel of hers.  I just love the characters she has created in this story...and of course it wouldn't be a Jane Austen novel without the happy ending!"


Liz @ Arty McGoo said...

I am blown away by these! Every single one is a masterpiece, not to mention the books chosen are all favorites of mine. Amazing job everyone. So honored to be among such talented ladies!

Unknown said...

Oh I love these all and such a clever idea!

Sue said...


Unknown said...

These are seriously amazing! I can't even consider picking a favorite!

Bea @ CancunCOOKIES said...

Fabulous work!

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie said...

Love these! Totally something I would do :)

Lorraine said...

Sarah thank you so much for doing this - everyone's cookies have just blown me away!!!

The Painted Cookie said...

Sarah you and the others just rocked on this! I agree I cannot pick a favorite, they all are amazing and kudos to all the girls painting their covers!

Jill FCS said...

Oh, gosh, Sarah, this was such a fabulous idea! I am so thrilled to be part of such talented (and well-read!) cookiers!

Melissa {thebakedequation} said...

SARAH!!!!! This post is reading that you were going to be a librarian.

Unknown said...

what a gorgeous collection!

Christina said...

These are truyl Amazing!!!!

Laura's Cookies said...

Thanks Sarah - for putting this together and for your heart for children's literacy. It was an honor to be represented among such amazing cookie artists. What a wonderful idea and wonderful cookiers!

Alison said...

very cool!! :)

the plaid cookie said...

Wow, you ladies did awesome jobs. There's not a one I don't like...they're all terrific!!! And for such a worthy cause, too!!!

Amber Spiegel said...

These are all so amazing!!!

daily cookie said...

I love them all but being Shel Silverstein's biggest fan makes me totally biased... I LOVE those cookies by The Hungry Hippopotamus! Oh my word! Such perfection!

Unknown said...

You all did an wonderful job. :)

Songbird Sweets said...

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!!! I'm thrilled that everyone enjoyed this project and I am so blown away by the amazing cookies that everyone made:)

Unknown said...

Such a great project idea. And so honorable that you are making a donation for each participant!

TheRedCooky said...

Yea for Sarah! What a great project to be a part of ~ I am so honored. All the books are fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Just Amazing! I love all of them! All of you inspire me to keep at it and try new things!

Unknown said...

Fantastic idea! All of the creations are simply amazing!

Cristin (Pinkie) said...

These are all absolutely amazing! Fantastic creativity! Thanks for sharing Sarah!

adozeneggs said...

I didn't even know you had a blog!!
Love all the cookies, what a terrific idea.

Songbird Sweets said...

thanks everyone!! im super excited about doing this project again next year too:)

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