July Is National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month, with National Ice Cream Day being this Sunday the 19th (customarily the third Sunday in July). It makes me think longingly of last year's Horn Book Summer Outing to Kimball Farm, complete with ice cream, mini golf, and fried food. And the time when Rashin Kheiriyeh, author and illustrator of Saffron Ice Cream, brought a HUGE vat of it to share at Simmons. A different time; a delicious time.

We've been having a (not-very-)heated debate around Roger's weekly editorial letter, and whether Boston-area local fave Emack & Bolio's still makes York Peppermint Patty flavor. If so, he says, hopefully and hungrily, "send me a tub."   

So far my family has been doing lots of make-your-own (nearing fifteen years of marriage, some of those wedding gifts -- the ice-cream maker, the bread machine -- have been seeing new action). Chocolate-chocolate-mint-cookie-chip is our winner so far, but the summer's still young.

If you are going out to the shoppes, first off, don't do this. But do continue to support Black-owned restaurants and businesses, including this local ice-cream place, Tipping Cow, in Somerville (which I saw on Jen Brabander's social media -- thank you Mama Jen!). Also read Ibi Zoboi's middle-grade novel My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, because who could resist that name? Find more books with the subject "ice cream" at the Guide/Reviews Database. Remember, the digital Magazine and Guide/Reviews Database are free to everyone right now. 

Lastly, if you're feeling philosophical (and who isn't?), check out former intern Willa Zhang's review of the picture book Ice Cream Work, "a tale of hard work and professional triumph, contrasted with the dangers of society's grinding expectations." And how.

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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