Reading and Refreshments

“Reading and Refreshments” is a monthly event dedicated to encouraging families to read out loud together. Each month, we choose one of the books that we have read out loud to the family and spotlight it on this feature, along with a recipe for a treat inspired by the story. Through this, we hope to lead other families to embrace the wonderful tradition of reading out loud. You can read more about the start of “Reading and Refreshments” here.

The complete archive of “Reading and Refreshments” is listed below. If you are inspired to recreate one of the “Reading and Refreshments” with your own family, we would love to hear about it! Tell us how your family enjoyed the book and whether or not you made the treat to go with it. If you can, send us a photograph as well. You can contact us at

The “Reading and Refreshments” Archive:

September 2013

Psmith in the City by P. G. Wodehouse
Recipe featured: Ginger Nut Biscuits

October 2013

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Recipe featured: Marmalade “Paddington” Buns

November 2013

Down to the Bonny Glen by Melissa Wiley
Recipe featured: Currant Cakes

December 2013

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Recipe featured: Mince Tarts

January 2014

My Home Grows by Alexandra McDermott
Recipe featured: Ping’s Almond Cookies

February 2014

An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
Recipe featured: Molasses-Walnut Candy

March 2014

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Recipe featured: Breakfast Apple Pie

April 2014

The Willoughby Captains by Talbot Baines Reed
Recipe featured: English Plum Cake

May 2014

Bernadette: Princess Under Protest by Cate McDermott
Recipe featured: Colin’s Almond-Spelt Pancakes

October 2014

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
Recipe featured: Strawberry-Honey Ice Cream (no machine required!)

November 2014

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
Recipe featured: 1929 Chocolate Brownie Cake (an eggless recipe)

December 2014

Paddington Goes to Town by Michael Bond

January 2015:

Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott

Recipe featured: Walnut-Gingerbread Muffins

February 2015:

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

Recipe featured: Scottish Girdle Scones

March 2015:

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Recipe featured: Cream-Filled Brandy Snaps

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