Saturday, July 29, 2023

Cookie Queen: How One Girl Started Tate's Bake Shop® by Tate's founder Kathleen King & Lowey Bundy Sichol, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki [Review & Giveaway]

Did you know that August 4th happens to be National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? That 's a super fun day to celebrate. There is nothing quite so delicious as a top grade chocolate chip cookie. I recently found the Tate's Chocolate Chip cookie bag in my local grocery store and indulged in far too many bags of the delicious cookies.

Now I have discovered an adorable children's book that tells the story of how the founder of Tates perfected the chocolate chip cookie - as a young girl. Read on.....

About the book: Perfect for dessert lovers and budding bakers, Cookie Queen: How One Girl Started Tate's Bake Shop by Tate's founder Kathleen King and Lowey Bundy Sichol, with illustrations by Ramona Kaulitzki, tells the true story of a young girl who followed her dream to make the perfect chocolate-chip cookie, and eventually founded world-renowned TATE'S BAKE SHOP®! Included in the back is a special cookie recipe from Kathleen — one that she used to make with her beloved father, Tate. See illustrations at the end of this email.

Eleven-year-old Kathleen King was positively obsessed with baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie. She experimented over and over and over with different recipes--less flour, more butter, longer baking time--until she got it just right.

Customers flocked to her family's farm stand on Long Island for Kathleen's enormous, buttery chocolate chip cookies. And when she grew up, Kathleen started a cookie company called TATE'S BAKE SHOP®. TATE'S grew into a multi-million-dollar empire and, today, they are a household name and their cookies are sold all over the country!

My thoughts: As the story of a young girl whose cookies became the impetus for establishing a national distribution cookie brand - Tate's®️ - the story is impressive. But this is more than a cookie success story. This is a story of a hard working farming family. As farmers, they own their own roadside vegetable stand selling their own crops. 

Kathleen, even as a young girl, gets up really early and has kitchen chores - cooking, cleaning, etc. She also is enterprising and cooks up a few cookies to sell at their roadside stand. She is creative and loves to experiment with her cookies trying to get what she considers the perfect chocolate chip cookie. And she succeeds.

Her father recognizing her ambition tells her she can have all the earnings from her cookie sales to buy new clothes for school in the Fall. And so it begins.....

A story of talent, ingenuity, perseverance, and success.

About the book author, illustrator, & founder of Tate's:

Kathleen King is the founder of TATE'S BAKE SHOP®, a multimillion-dollar cookie company, named after her beloved father. Tate's best-selling cookie is, of course, its Chocolate Chip Cookie. Many famous people have called Tate’s the best chocolate chip cookie in the world! Kathleen is also the author of Baking for Friends and The TATE'S BAKE SHOP® Cookbook. This is her first book for children.

Lowey Bundy Sichol is an award-winning children's author. She is a leading expert in teaching business and entrepreneurship to kids. Her various work has won: Junior Library Guild Gold Selection, 2020 Best Children’s Book Council book, 2020 International Literacy Association Book, 2020-2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, among many more.

Ramona Kaulitzki is a book illustrator based in Potsdam, Germany. She is also the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Sisters First, Badger’s Perfect Garden, and Wonderful You, among others.

1 Bag Tate's Chocolate Chip Cookies®
1 Copy of Cookie Queen
Begins July 29
Ends August 22 @ 11:59 p.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only
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Publication information: Random House Books for Young Readers; July 18, 2023; Hardcover $18.99; ISBN: 978-0593485668; Ages 4-8; 40 pages. Available wherever books are sold.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of the book to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Prize of book and cookies is provided and sent directly to the winner by publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


  1. I helped my friend research something on the internet!

  2. I was busy today with birthdays. Today was my sister-in-law’s birthday and tomorrow’s my oldest daughter’s. I love buying presents 🎁 They put smiles on peoples faces 😍

  3. I really didn’t do much of anything today. Just recovering from my daughter’s 49th birthday yesterday!!

  4. Unfortunately, nothing new here. I was really nice to my new nurse

  5. I took my daughter to school and made sure she had a snack to eat during the day.


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