This post about Mo Willems’ new book ‘The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!’ as well as sugar cookie recipe is sponsored by Disney Book Group.
Now that July is here, it’s time to start thinking about when the kids have to head back to school. The second half of summer seems to just fly by for us. Summer is still in full swing for the kids at the moment. But I’ve already began preparing for the upcoming school year. Isn’t that crazy how fast time goes? Of course, we’ll still enjoy all that the rest of this season has to offer. We have plans for family camp, days to spend at the beach, and another sibling birthday party all in the works yet.
Our entire family loves Mo Willems Pigeon Series books. Even our older kids love reading them to the younger kids. But what I love most is that his books are fun and easy to read. They were one of our son’s favorite books when he was younger. He especially loved that he could read them by himself when he was just 6. Well, he recently turned 7 and still heads straight to the Mo Willems section at the library. He’s on the hunt for new Pigeon books he hasn’t read yet as well as his favorites.
Back To School Will Be Here Before We Know It!
So while I’ve kept pretty quiet about the new school year prep so far, I decided to break it to the kids by throwing a party. Because who doesn’t get excited about a party, right!? And to round off the ‘back to school’ theme, I had a little help from Mo Willems and his brand new ‘The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!’ book.
The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! PARTY
To celebrate that getting back into the routine of homeschooling is a good thing, I wanted this party to be fun. So we made sure to include a variety of activities.
Some beautiful Pigeon and school themed cookies, deliciously refreshing juice, a story telling of the new The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! book, and chatting about what we all want the next year to look like.
Of course, yummy treats always make things better! We had a blast snacking on our pigeon, apple, and pencil shaped cookies. And sitting around enjoying our family made for a relaxing afternoon.
The New Book – ‘The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!
The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go?
Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?! Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!
We love this new book and think your family will too! Make sure you head over and grab a copy!
And Then Make Cookies!
While my kids LOVE eating cookies, they also love sharing. When we bake, we usually make extras. So as you prep for back to school this year, think about the teachers. What an awesome first day of school gift it would be to send them a copy of Mo Willems’ ‘The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!’ and some school themed cookies!
Easy Roll Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
If you’re looking for a great roll out sugar cookie recipe, we’ve got one for you! We get so many compliments on this recipe. These cookies turn out soft and oh so tasty!
- 2 Sticks Salted Butter
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- ½ Teaspoon Almond Emulsion
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Large Egg
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl: cream butter and sugar for at least 3 minutes until it's smooth.
- Beat in the almond emulsion, vanilla extract, and egg.
- Set aside until the next step is completed.
- In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, and flour.
- Slowly add, a little at a time, of the dry ingredient mixture to the first bowl, beating continuously. (Use all the dry mix!)
- Once the dough becomes too stiff for the mixer, turn out onto your floured surface and finish kneading by hand.
- Divide the dough in half. (Do NOT refrigerate!)
- Roll the first half out on a floured surface to about ¼ inch thick and cut with desired shaped cookie cutters. (Be careful that you don't roll too thin! If you do, just re-roll.)
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or till the edges are just barely starting to turn brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool on pan for 5 minutes.
- Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
- Frost as desired.
- *I use my stand mixer for ease. But you could manage by hand if needed.
- *You can substitute almond emulsion for almond extract in equal parts. (But don’t omit completely if at all possible. The flavor it adds is phenomenal!) If you’ve never tried almond emulsion before, be sure to give it a shot before substituting for another flavor as well. I totally didn’t think I’d like it but I was SOOOOO wrong!
- *If you absolutely have to chill the dough, just bring back to room temp before rolling. That will make it much easier to handle.
- *This recipe yield will change depending on the size of your cookie cutters as well as thickness you roll the dough. This is just a personal preference and doesn’t alter the flavor of the cookies, just the crispiness.
- *These cut out sugar cookies are meant to be frosted. So while okay plain, they become exceptional once you top with frosting.
So tell me, do you think your child’s teacher would love to receive a copy of Mo Willems’ The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! and some delicious cookies this year?
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