Food: Books For Kids

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Love food? Then you’ll LOVE this list of the best books about food! Food, like books, is a big part of our lives. Food and books go together like peanut butter and jelly, they are basically peas in a pod. We dare you to try reading just one of these fabulous books because “reading one book is like eating one potato chip” (Diane Duane).

Whether you’re a cereal connoisseur or a well-versed foodie, we’re certain you’ll love each one of these books. Grab your favorite snacks and have a food-themed read-a-thon, because as E. Nesbit perfectly put it, “There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read—unless it be reading while you eat.”

Top 10 Books About Food

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear book
#1
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
Written and illustrated by Don Wood and Audrey Wood
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

One of my absolute favorite children’s books growing up, and it continues to be a favorite! As a fellow strawberry lover, I love the suspense the story builds with mouse thinking the big, hungry bear is going to come after his perfectly ripe and juicy strawberry. Simple, classic tale!

First published in 1984, a picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader. The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear…How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry.

Stone Soup book
#2
Stone Soup
Written and illustrated by Jon J Muth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An award-winning artist adds a Zen twist to a favorite tale. As three monks travel along a mountain road, they encounter villagers ravaged by harsh times, making them cold to strangers. When the monks entice them to make soup from stones, the villagers discover how much they have to give. Full color.

Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet book
#3
Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle and illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I absolutely love this series! I actually learned quite a bit about vegetables. It’s fun to read, and absolutely gorgeous to look at! It highlights a different vegetable that starts with each letter in the alphabet.

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to a colorful variety of vegetables, from asparagus to zucchini. Perfect to read aloud, this vegetable buffet will delight children and parents alike with its yummy vegetable facts and vibrant illustrations. Learning the ABCs has never been so delicious! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet is the first in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

Little Pea book
#4
Little Pea
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This book is pretty well known at this point, and for good reason. The illustrations are charming and the story about Little Pea who REALLY doesn’t want to eat his candy for dinner is remarkably clever. It’s on the longer side in terms of amount of text for a board book but is absolutely worth it, and until your baby/younger toddler has a long enough attention span go for the paraphrasing the story as you go along because this is definitely one worth owning. By turning the classic childhood distaste for vegetables on it’s head this book hits the perfect note of silly for a message that might actually sink in.

Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children’s books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won’t eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud, and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.

Dough Knights and Dragons book
#5
Dough Knights and Dragons
Written by Dee Leone and illustrated by George Ermos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This book is AMAZING and turns the classic knight/dragon rivalry on its head for a refreshing fractured fairy tale. Cute illustrations, great rhyme scheme and an awesome message about challenging the status quo when it challenges what you believe to be right combine to make this truly excellent.

In a mythical kingdom, a knight and a dragon cook up a delicious plan to save their friendship! In Dough Knights and Dragons, a curious knight and an amiable dragon meet serendipitously, and instantly bond over their shared love of baking. But the friends are filled with sadness when, according to the law, the two must duel one another. Can the unlikely pair find a way to evade the law, save their friendship, and spread good throughout the land? Kids will devour this scrumptiously clever tale!

Mrs. Peanuckle's Fruit Alphabet book
#6
Mrs. Peanuckle's Fruit Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle and illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

I’ve loved every Mrs Peanuckle book I’ve read thus far—informative, engaging, and so gorgeously unique. My son adores fruit above all else, so this is our family’s current favorite of the series—it has the perfect mix of fruits he can recognize (peaches & pears, bananas, watermelons) and fun new fruit facts to learn (who knew xigua was Chinese watermelon?!) Also, bonus points for being an excellent “accordian read”—if my son starts to lose interest I just skip the facts and only read the fruit names—and for being intellectually stimulating for adults too. This is truly an amazing alphabet book!

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to the colorful foods that will help them grow up to be healthy and strong. Children and parents alike will want to devour the fun facts and charming illustrations of fruits from the familiar banana to the not as familiar yumberry.

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet is the second in a series of board books celebrating the joy nature brings to young children at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book
#7
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

We had so much fun with this book. It is a book beyond all imagination. It gets all the wheels spinning in our little boys’ minds. They love hearing all the descriptions of the chocolates and candies. And it is especially encouraging that little Charlie Bucket is such a good and caring boy that has good returned to him in every sense of the word.

From the author of The BFG and Matilda!

Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

Tacos!: An Interactive Recipe Book book
#8
Tacos!: An Interactive Recipe Book
Written and illustrated by Lotta Nieminen
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is such a fabulous interactive book, though I’d recommend it being for a little bit older children, as there are a lot of pieces you can take out of this book. This interactive book is perfect for little ones interested in food and cooking, and I love that it has an actual recipe full of directions!

For kids who cook in a play kitchen or a real kitchen, this interactive recipe book invites readers to chop the vegetables, mash the avocado, warm the tortillas, and more - all inside the book! Step one: Cut the chicken into cubes and toss it in a bowl with the spices. Step two: Warm oil on a skillet on the stove, then add the chicken. Step three: While the chicken cooks, chop the scallions, slice the radishes, shred the cabbage, mince the cilantro. Simple yet accurate recipe text takes readers through the steps of cooking tacos, while the interactive novelty features such as pull tabs, sliders, wheels, and pop-out pieces invite them to participate in the process. Perfect for kids who love to help in the kitchen, or any child who prefers to “do it myself.” This is the third title in the COOK IN A BOOK series.

The Watermelon Seed book
#9
The Watermelon Seed
Written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli’s picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.

Enemy Pie book
#10
Enemy Pie
Written by Derek Munson and illustrated by Tara Calahan King
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy!

In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipe for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.

Books About Food and Baking

Dough Knights and Dragons book
#1
Dough Knights and Dragons
Written by Dee Leone and illustrated by George Ermos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This book is AMAZING and turns the classic knight/dragon rivalry on its head for a refreshing fractured fairy tale. Cute illustrations, great rhyme scheme and an awesome message about challenging the status quo when it challenges what you believe to be right combine to make this truly excellent.

In a mythical kingdom, a knight and a dragon cook up a delicious plan to save their friendship! In Dough Knights and Dragons, a curious knight and an amiable dragon meet serendipitously, and instantly bond over their shared love of baking. But the friends are filled with sadness when, according to the law, the two must duel one another. Can the unlikely pair find a way to evade the law, save their friendship, and spread good throughout the land? Kids will devour this scrumptiously clever tale!

Thunder Cake book
#2
Thunder Cake
Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from Grammy

I love the unflappable Babushka in this story. She keeps the terrified child narrator busy, moving from one task to the next acquiring ingredients for the cake they are hurrying to make and gives her a reason to pay attention to the coming storm, counting between the thunder and lightning to gauge the distance of the storm. The slightly out-of-scale farm animals serve as a visual reminder that a child’s perception is different than an adult’s. I remember reading this to my children and enjoyed re-reading it for this review. There is something calming about Patricia Polacco’s world, even though her characters have troubles, things work out for them in the end. It is all part of life.

A loud clap of thunder booms, and rattles the windows of Grandma’s old farmhouse. “This is Thunder Cake baking weather,” calls Grandma, as she and her granddaughter hurry to gather the ingredients around the farm. A real Thunder Cake must reach the oven before the storm arrives. But the list of ingredients is long and not easy to find . . . and the storm is coming closer all the time!

Reaching once again into her rich childhood experience, Patricia Polacco tells the memorable story of how her grandma–her Babushka–helped her overcome her fear of thunder when she was a little girl. Ms. Polacco’s vivid memories of her grandmother’s endearing answer to a child’s fear, accompanied by her bright folk-art illustrations, turn a frightening thunderstorm into an adventure and ultimately . . . a celebration!

Whether the first clap of thunder finds you buried under the bedcovers or happily anticipating the coming storm, Thunder Cake is a story that will bring new meaning and possibility to the excitement of a thunderstorm.

How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World book
#3
How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World
Written by Marjorie Priceman and illustrated by T. Gates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

A recipe and a trip ‘round the world, all rolled up in one delicious package of a picture book! I love the tiny little introduction this book provides to a variety of different cultures from France to Sri Lanka as the little collects her ingredients, as well as the different homespun techniques required to create baking ingredients from their rawest forms. You’ll definitely want to make your own apple pie after reading this one… you’ll just have to hope your local market is open!

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Since the market is closed, the reader is led around the world to gather the ingredients for making an apple pie. Includes recipe.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Rabbit Pie: The Perfect Recipe for Bedtime - A bedtime story about six adorable rabbits.

  2. Cook-a-doodle-doo! - The Goodfather - This fun story builds on the classic tale of the Little Red Hen as Rooster explores the cookbook of his great-grandmother, L.R. Hen. While Rooster doesn’t have to cook alone, his assistants need a lot of assistance themselves! Rooster’s patience and good natured manner makes it a great story of friendship, working together, sharing, and cooking!

  3. Cookies! - Bake cookies from scratch inside this interactive recipe book - sift the flour, whisk the sugar, crack the egg, pour the chocolate chips, and more! Simple yet factual recipe text takes readers through the steps of baking cookies, from combining the dry ingredients to pulling fresh cookies out of the oven, while the interactive features invite them to participate in the process. Move the sifter from side to side to separate the flour, turn the wheel to mix the batter, pull the tab to crack the egg, slide the oven tray out, and more! One hundred percent adult-free, danger-free, and mess-free - baking cookies has never been so independent! The fourth book in Nieminen’s bestselling COOK IN A BOOK series. Ages 2-4

  4. How to Bake a Book - A young girl shares her recipe for baking the perfect book, from breaking ideas into a cup to adding periods and capital letters, with a pinch of good, a dash of bad, and carefully cut out characters mixed in.

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Books About Food and Cooking

Stone Soup book
#1
Stone Soup
Written and illustrated by Jon J Muth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An award-winning artist adds a Zen twist to a favorite tale. As three monks travel along a mountain road, they encounter villagers ravaged by harsh times, making them cold to strangers. When the monks entice them to make soup from stones, the villagers discover how much they have to give. Full color.

Strega Nona book
#2
Strega Nona
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola. Strega Nona—“Grandma Witch”—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results. In this retelling of an old tale, author-illustrator Tomie dePaola combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious climax.

Chicken Soup With Rice book
#3
Chicken Soup With Rice
Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

In this beloved classic, Maurice Sendak blends his signature artwork with rhymes you’ll want to read over and over—in every season.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Too Many Tamales - Maria tries on her mother’s wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together. Panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.

  2. All Four Stars - A zesty new series for fans of MasterChef Jr. and Kids Cook-off! It’s “lights, camera, cook!” for four tween contestants—energetic Tate, charming Rae, worldly Caroline, and hyper-competitive Oliver—who are all about to enter a televised cooking competition. What will the kids cook up? How will they all get along on and off camera? Which junior chef will have the grit—and maybe the grits—to make it through each elimination challenge? And which junior chef will have to hang their apron up for good?

  3. Pie - After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice’s friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly’s secret pie crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes.

  4. Lights, Camera, Cook! - A zesty new series for fans of MasterChef Jr. and Kids Cook-off! It’s “lights, camera, cook!” for four tween contestants—energetic Tate, charming Rae, worldly Caroline, and hyper-competitive Oliver—who are all about to enter a televised cooking competition. What will the kids cook up? How will they all get along on and off camera? Which junior chef will have the grit—and maybe the grits—to make it through each elimination challenge? And which junior chef will have to hang their apron up for good?

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Books About Food and Picky-eating

Escargot book
#1
Escargot
Written by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

Such a darling, fun book! Along with the fun of talking about Escargot and racing to the salad at the end of the book, this has a great message of trying something new (like carrots) that you don’t think you’ll like, but end up loving. Plus, you’ll learn a little French vocabulary along the way!

Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:

  1. To be your favorite animal.

  2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.

But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there’s a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from you!—he discovers that it’s not so bad after all!

A charming and interactive picture book ideal for picky eaters and animal lovers alike.

Gregory, the Terrible Eater book
#2
Gregory, the Terrible Eater
Written by Mitchell Sharmat and illustrated by Ariane Dewey and Jose Aruego
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Gregory, the Terrible Eater, wants orange juice and eggs for breakfast. His parents are terribly upset! Why can’t Gregory eat striped ties and violins, like the rest of the goats? Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have entered into the spirit of Mitchell Sharmat’s upside-down, turned-around world with bold, wacky, expressive illustrations. The trio’s exuberant collaboration provokes healthy laughter and even includes a colorful chart which gives fresh meaning to the concept of “junk food.”

D.W. the Picky Eater book
#3
D.W. the Picky Eater
Written and illustrated by Marc Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

D.W. is very picky about what she eats. She doesn’t seem to like anything. Her dining out days with her family are cut short when she refuses to eat her salad and flings it to the floor. Will her table manners improve in time for her Grandma Thora’s special dinner out? Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

Honorable Mentions
  1. How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? - How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude? Does he pick at his cereal, throw down his cup, hoping to make someone else pick it up? Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from Mom and Dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and goodwill.

  2. Monsters Do Not Eat Broccoli - Illustrations and rhyming text reveal how imagination can spice up even the healthiest meal.

  3. Now I Eat My ABC's - “Babies and toddlers will love the eye-catching photographs of asparagus, blueberries, peas, strawberries, and more in this yummy alphabet book!”—Cover back.

  4. The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster - A young American girl’s picky eating habits transform a small worm into the famous Loch Ness monster. Includes facts about the biology of pickiness.

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Books About Food and Ice Cream

Gorilla Loves Vanilla book
#1
Gorilla Loves Vanilla
Written by Chae Strathie and illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato

Gorilla likes plain old vanilla ice cream. His friends are a bit more daring. From mud-flavored to blue-cheese, each animal has its preference and Sam, the boy running the ice cream shop, is happy to oblige. Funny and sweet, with a cute ending.

When five animals dash through the door of the local ice cream shop, they’re looking for the ice cream treat of their dreams. The flavors are wildly imaginative—but everyone else thinks they’re just plain crazy. That is, until Gorilla walks in and asks for the most surprising choice of all.

Best Friends: We Are A Family book
#2
Best Friends: We Are A Family
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I really like this board book about what being a family means, all while using fun and different illustrations and “families” (like scoops of ice cream!) to show that there are many different types of families!

Like peas in a pod, and leaves in a tree, we all belong to a family! Whether they are big, or whether they are small, this charming book shows young readers that there are all kinds of different families to be found in the world around us, from a bunch of balloons, to eggs in a box, and fingers on a hand. Designed with a mixture of photographs and fun illustrations to engage little ones and make them smile, there are cute rhymes to read and share in this celebration of family in its many forms.

And Then Comes Summer book
#3
And Then Comes Summer
Written by Tom Brenner and illustrated by Jaime Kim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A joyful, sun-drenched tribute to the anticipation and adventures of the warmest season of the year. When the days stretch out like a slow yawn, and the cheerful faces of Johnny-jump-ups jump up . . . then it’s time to get ready for summer! From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season. Tom Brenner’s lovely, lyrical ode to summers spent outdoors will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever counted down the days until school gets out, and Jaime Kim’s jubilant, nostalgia-soaked illustrations leave little doubt that summer is indeed a time unlike any other.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) - In a latest entry in a Geisel Award-winning series, the friendship between reserved Gerald and fun-loving Piggie is tested when Gerald faces a difficult decision. By the Emmy Award- and Caldecott Honor-winning author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 100,000 first printing.

  2. Honey Moon Shiver - B is for Bookworm - This was a fun, magical book about honesty, friendship, and forgiveness, all centered around a magical ice cream shop. I also think the hint of Halloween as they live in the town of Sleepy Hollow is a great addition to the book, which makes it a fun read for fall or any time of the year! When Honey gets caught in a tangle of lies, she learns that telling the truth is always the best policy, and she also learns to forgive her friend.

  3. The Ice Cream King - When Teddy visits a new ice cream shop and puts a paper crown on his head, he enters a magical kingdom where he can eat all the ice cream he wants.

  4. Busy Baby: Trucks - In Trucks, Busy Baby can race in a fire truck, use a cement mixer, and collect recycling. Whatever Busy Baby does, the most important thing is to make some new friends along the way. Both books will keep the very youngest readers busy reading, playing, and learning.

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Books About Food and Trying New Things

Dinnertime for Chickies book
#1
Dinnertime for Chickies
Written and illustrated by Janee Trasler
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is perfect for any picky eaters! When the chicks refuse to eat things, once they try a bite, they actually love it! I like the fun rhymes and that some of the words are playful like the way little ones talk (chocolate chippy and treaties). :)

Wash your wings, and take a seat. What will these tiny chickies eat? With the help of Cow, Pig, and Sheep, soon the chickies learn to cheep, “Pass the carrots. Pass the peas. Pass those yummy broccolis!” With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, this book is perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy, especially those picky chickies.

Green Eggs and Ham book
#2
Green Eggs and Ham
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This Dr. Seuss classic starring Sam-I-Am will have readers of all ages craving Green Eggs and Ham!

And don’t miss the new series adaption of Green Eggs and Ham coming soon to Netflix – featuring the voice talents of Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Daveed Diggs, and more!

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato book
#3
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lola is a fussy eater. A very fussy eater. She won’t eat her carrots (until her brother Charlie reveals that they’re orange twiglets from Jupiter). She won’t eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they’re cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji). There are many things Lola won’t eat, including - and especially - tomatoes. Or will she? Two endearing siblings star in a witty story about the triumph of imagination over proclivity.

Honorable Mentions
  1. How to Feed Your Parents - Who’s feeding whom? Matilda Macaroni loves to try new foods! Unfortunately, her parents don’t. They only like pizza delivered, burgers from a bag, and noodles from a box. What’s a girl with adventurous tastes to do? The engaging heroine of this fun, twisted picture book manages to turn the tables on her finicky parents and teach them that dinner can be more than chicken nuggets. There’s also a recipe for quiche that young cooks can try!

  2. Bread and Jam for Frances - Frances is a fussy eater. In fact, the only thing she likes is bread and jam. She won’t touch her squishy soft-boiled egg. She trades away her chicken-salad sandwich at lunch. She turns up her nose at boring veal cutlets. Unless Mother can come up with a plan, Frances just might go on eating bread and jam forever!

  3. Spoonful! - Open wide—it’s time to eat! Fussy babies may not be interested in food themselves, but they might want to share a spoonful with absolutely anyone else! There’s a spoonful for Mommy, one for the fish, for the fly in the corner, even the lady in the picture. With bright, engaging illustrations, a die-cut open mouth to feed, and just enough silliness, this fun board book is bound to make dinner entertaining for your stubborn baby. Hooray—you ate it all!

  4. Black Belt Bunny - From the author of the bestselling Ladybug Girl series, this hilarious, empowering picture book about a little black-belt who faces a new challenge is perfect for fans of The Three Ninja Pigs, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, and I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato Black Belt Bunny is fast and strong and has seriously awesome moves—from front-kicks to back-flips to air-chops. Then he’s faced with something new, something every bunny must learn, something he might not be as good at: He has to make . . . a salad. Black Belt Bunny tries to escape. He even disguises himself with a fake mustache. But when he finally hops to it, he discovers that his seriously awesome moves come in pretty handy, and that—in a funny twist that puts the narrator in the hot seat—he isn’t the only one who has to try new things.

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Books About Food and Friendship

Enemy Pie book
#1
Enemy Pie
Written by Derek Munson and illustrated by Tara Calahan King
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy!

In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipe for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book
#2
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

We had so much fun with this book. It is a book beyond all imagination. It gets all the wheels spinning in our little boys’ minds. They love hearing all the descriptions of the chocolates and candies. And it is especially encouraging that little Charlie Bucket is such a good and caring boy that has good returned to him in every sense of the word.

From the author of The BFG and Matilda!

Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

The Doughnut Fix book
#3
The Doughnut Fix
Written by Jessie Janowitz
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

An Amazon Best Book of the Month!

Superfudge meets The Lemonade War in this funny, heartwarming series debut about change, adventure, family, and of course, doughnuts.

Tristan isn’t Gifted or Talented like his sister Jeanine, and he’s always been okay with that because he can make a perfect chocolate chip cookie and he lives in the greatest city in the world. But his life takes a turn for the worse when his parents decide to move to middle-of-nowhere Petersville―a town with one street and no restaurants. It’s like suddenly they’re supposed to be this other family, one that can survive without bagels and movie theaters.

His suspicions about his new town are confirmed when he’s tricked into believing the local general store has life-changing chocolate cream doughnuts, when in fact the owner hasn’t made them in years. And so begins the only thing that could make life in Petersville worth living: getting the recipe, making the doughnuts, and bringing them back to the town through his very own doughnut stand. But Tristan will soon discover that when starting a business, it helps to be both Gifted and Talented, and It’s possible he’s bitten off more than he can chew…

Honorable Mentions
  1. Peanut and Grape - “Peanut and grape are a perfect pair! Morning and night, rain or shine, through thick and thin…these two friends are always better together!”—Back cover

  2. Felix Eats Up - When picky eater Felix finds himself in a pickle, his best friend, Fiona, gently helps him widen his culinary horizons. Felix brings the same lunch to school every day: sprouts on buttered oat bread. He will also eat pasta with butter. And he loves macaroni and cheese. No need to try anything new. But on the night of his friend Fiona’s half-birthday celebration, Felix finds himself facing down an unfamiliar — and anxiety-provoking — menu. Will he leave the restaurant hungry, or can Fiona convince him to give new tastes a try? With singular compassion and humor, Rosemary Wells once again shows how the balm of friendship can help buffer a familiar moment of childhood angst.

  3. Llama Llama Easter Egg - With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands. In Llama Llama Easter Egg, the Easter Bunny brings lots of treats for Llama Llama: jelly beans, colorful eggs, and a fluffy surprise!

  4. Cracks in the Cone - Allie must find a balance between being a boss and being a friend in this second delicious book in the Sprinkle Sundays series from the author of the Cupcake Diaries series!

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Books About Food and Alphabet (abcs)

Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet book
#1
Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle and illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I absolutely love this series! I actually learned quite a bit about vegetables. It’s fun to read, and absolutely gorgeous to look at! It highlights a different vegetable that starts with each letter in the alphabet.

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to a colorful variety of vegetables, from asparagus to zucchini. Perfect to read aloud, this vegetable buffet will delight children and parents alike with its yummy vegetable facts and vibrant illustrations. Learning the ABCs has never been so delicious! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet is the first in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

Mrs. Peanuckle's Fruit Alphabet book
#2
Mrs. Peanuckle's Fruit Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle and illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

I’ve loved every Mrs Peanuckle book I’ve read thus far—informative, engaging, and so gorgeously unique. My son adores fruit above all else, so this is our family’s current favorite of the series—it has the perfect mix of fruits he can recognize (peaches & pears, bananas, watermelons) and fun new fruit facts to learn (who knew xigua was Chinese watermelon?!) Also, bonus points for being an excellent “accordian read”—if my son starts to lose interest I just skip the facts and only read the fruit names—and for being intellectually stimulating for adults too. This is truly an amazing alphabet book!

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to the colorful foods that will help them grow up to be healthy and strong. Children and parents alike will want to devour the fun facts and charming illustrations of fruits from the familiar banana to the not as familiar yumberry.

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet is the second in a series of board books celebrating the joy nature brings to young children at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

LMNO Peas book
#3
LMNO Peas
Written and illustrated by Keith Baker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers—each one themed to a letter of the alphabet—and gives a wonderful sense of the colorful world we live in. Children will have so much fun poring over the detailed scenes that they won’t even realize they’re learning the alphabet along the way!

Honorable Mentions
  1. A Is for Artichoke - This is so much more than an alphabet book! From artichokes to ganache and from oven to zest, this is a whimsical and informative introduction to words and kitchen concepts. Future chefs and food fans of all ages will delight in reading about everything kitchen-related! Three levels of learning means this book will grow with your little one from foodie basics to kitchen confidence! No other board book features ABCs and food in this way―and no other board book features the expertise of the cooks at America’s Test Kitchen!

  2. Eating the Alphabet - A popular alphabet storybook is presented in a sturdy, easy-to-hold board-book edition for the youngest readers and highlights vivid collage illustrations of colorful apples, blueberries, carrots, yams, and zucchini.

  3. TouchWords: Food - TouchWords is a brand new extension to the beloved, ground-breaking TouchThinkLearn series now with raised letters that fit into die-cut shapes! This is a full hands-on, sensory experience, associating the tactile shapes of letters with the objects. Rilla Alexander executes a fresh design incorporating the classic elements of the TouchThinkLearn first words format, with core vocabulary and stretch words on each page helping children expand their vision of words and how they work together.

  4. Alphaprints First Words - Adding to the stable of bestselling Alphaprints titles, First Words is a must-have word book for babies and toddlers that sits alongside Alphaprints ABC, one of American Baby Magazine’s 24 Best Baby Books of All Time. This casebound board book has over 40 first words to learn, accompanied by the quirky Alphaprints animals and objects created using fingerprints and photographs of everyday objects. Each spread is themed—pets, park, vehicles, toys, farm, food, colors and animals—and the fingerprints are embossed for lots of see-touch-feel fun. This is the latest addition to the Alphaprints series, which has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the US alone, and is published around the world in 13 languages.

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Books About Food and Vegetables

Tacos!: An Interactive Recipe Book book
#1
Tacos!: An Interactive Recipe Book
Written and illustrated by Lotta Nieminen
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is such a fabulous interactive book, though I’d recommend it being for a little bit older children, as there are a lot of pieces you can take out of this book. This interactive book is perfect for little ones interested in food and cooking, and I love that it has an actual recipe full of directions!

For kids who cook in a play kitchen or a real kitchen, this interactive recipe book invites readers to chop the vegetables, mash the avocado, warm the tortillas, and more - all inside the book! Step one: Cut the chicken into cubes and toss it in a bowl with the spices. Step two: Warm oil on a skillet on the stove, then add the chicken. Step three: While the chicken cooks, chop the scallions, slice the radishes, shred the cabbage, mince the cilantro. Simple yet accurate recipe text takes readers through the steps of cooking tacos, while the interactive novelty features such as pull tabs, sliders, wheels, and pop-out pieces invite them to participate in the process. Perfect for kids who love to help in the kitchen, or any child who prefers to “do it myself.” This is the third title in the COOK IN A BOOK series.

Sophie's Squash book
#2
Sophie's Squash
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

On a trip to the farmers’ market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents’ gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes…. What’s a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble?

The recipient of four starred reviews, an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Sophie’s Squash will be a fresh addition to any collection of autumn books.

The Carrot Seed book
#3
The Carrot Seed
Written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Crockett Johnson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won’t grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits … First published in 1945 and never out of print, this timeless combination of Ruth Krauss’s simple text and Crockett Johnson’s eloquent illustrations creates a triumphant and deeply satisfying story for readers of all ages.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables - Alexander is used to finding monsters everywhere in Stermont, but now the school is being turned into an icebox by giant meat-eating vegetables—and his friend Rip has gone missing.

  2. Plants Feed Me - An elegant, easy-to-read text and beautiful illustrations describe the parts of plants that humans eat. Watermelons are fruits. Cabbages are leaves. Walnuts are seeds. Carrots are roots. People eat many parts of plants. Even flowers! Detailed illustrations teach new readers about the edible parts of different plants, including leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and seeds. Labeled diagrams explain how an apple seed can grow into a new plant, reveal how a walnut is contained within its shell, and show how wheat seeds make flour.

  3. Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Plan - Sam the Man has a new school project. He’s got to “babysit” the—eep!—worst vegetable ever this second hilarious chapter book in a new series from Frances O’Roark Dowell. Sam the Man is back, and he needs a NEW plan. Sam has already solved a chicken problem, but this time, he’s having rutabaga issues. Rutabaga? Yes, Rutabaga. You see, Sam thought he was quite clever, missing school while his classmates were picking out their vegetable for a two-week science project. But, instead of being able to skip the project, he gets stuck with the vegetable that no one else wanted: the rutabaga! What even is this thing? It’s dirty and kinda purple, and it does not look like something Sam would ever eat. Sam the Man is not a vegetable man to begin with, and he doesn’t think he’ll ever be a rutabaga man. But after drawing a little face on it, he starts to grow fond of the curious veg. Then it dawns on him that vegetables don’t last forever…so he changes his plan: he has to keep this rutabaga happy—and rot-free—for as long as he can. To do that, he’ll have to make the best dirt possible. All he needs is a little help from nature, and, of course, his chickens!

  4. How Are You Peeling? - Let Scholastic Bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child’s experiences-laugh with them, learn with them, read with them! Eight classic, best-selling titles are available now!

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Books About Food and Health

Little Pea book
#1
Little Pea
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This book is pretty well known at this point, and for good reason. The illustrations are charming and the story about Little Pea who REALLY doesn’t want to eat his candy for dinner is remarkably clever. It’s on the longer side in terms of amount of text for a board book but is absolutely worth it, and until your baby/younger toddler has a long enough attention span go for the paraphrasing the story as you go along because this is definitely one worth owning. By turning the classic childhood distaste for vegetables on it’s head this book hits the perfect note of silly for a message that might actually sink in.

Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children’s books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won’t eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud, and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.

Soup Day book
#2
Soup Day
Written and illustrated by Melissa Iwai
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is a very unique book.I really enjoyed reading it. The little girl gets to help her mother make soup, and while it’s cooking they get to play, and then clean up and then eat the delicious soup together. I loved that it showed how children can help their parents and then, often, their parents have time to play with them. When there is order there is enjoyment by all. It also has a recipe at the end which is a very fun touch.

Now in board book! A young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together—step by step—to prepare the meal. A little later, the family sits down to enjoy a special dinner. Melissa Iwai’s Soup Day celebrates the importance of making a nutritious meal and sharing in the process as a family. A Christy Ottaviano Book

Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant book
#3
Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant
Written and illustrated by April Pulley Sayre
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Photographs of vegetables and rhyming text celebrate vegetables in all their colorful and tasty variety.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eat - “A unique and eye-catching concepts board book featuring brightly colored varieties of fruits and vegetables that’s perfect for teaching little ones to identify colors (and good foods to eat).” - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor With a combination of unusual foods and a kaleidoscope of colors, this concept book shows that not all foods have to look the same way. A banana can be red, broccoli can be purple, and cherries can be yellow and still taste just as delicious.

  2. Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition - Good Enough to Eat is one of a kind: the only guide to kids’ nutrition written especially for kids. A practical, hands-on tool for families who want to eat a healthy diet, this book explains nutrition from carrots to cookies. In this book, you will learn: all about the nutrient groups—carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals each nutrient’s function which foods contain which nutrients how much of each nutrient a kid needs each day how the body digests food all about calories Good Enough to Eat includes kid-friendly recipes such as Alphabread and Full o’ Beans Soup, and even shows kids how to test their food for fat. Perfect for parents, educators, librarians, and doctors trying to explain healthy eating to kids!

  3. Foxly's Feast - To say that Foxly is hungry would be an understatement—he can’t stop thinking about food! He’s completely ravenous. So Foxly sets out to find something delicious and filling. First, he discovers a deserted bag of groceries. But will it be enough to fill this fox? It looks like he has something bigger in mind. Foxly approaches a group of roosters and hens, but he still does not chow down. Just what could this crafty fox be up to? Foxly is dreaming of a bigger and better feast, but who will be invited to join him—not as his supper but as his picnic guest? Foxly’s Feast is a warm, wordless picture book about the delights of healthy eating and friends. Owen Davey’s autumnal palate and expressive illustrations provide opportunities for even the tiniest readers to imagine what Foxly will do (or eat) next.

  4. Miss Fox's Class Shapes Up - Miss Fox’s students are too tired and cranky to get through the day! It’s up to Miss Fox and her new wellness regimen to help them eat better, exercise, and get more sleep! Kids will learn ways to stay healthy and bring fitness into their everyday lives.

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Books About Food and Fruit

A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds book
#1
A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds
Written by Jean Richards and illustrated by Anca Hariton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

“Many seeds travel inside fruits. The fruit is like a suitcase for the seeds. It protects them on their trip.” Readers will learn how fruits are designed to protect a plant’s seeds and also to help the plant spread its seeds to new places.

Strawberry Girl book
#2
Strawberry Girl
Written by Lois Lenski
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The land was theirs, but so were its hardships Strawberries — big, ripe, and juicy. Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them. But her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven′t even begun their planting. “;Don′t count your biddies ′fore they′re hatched, gal young un!”; her father tells her. Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps. And, perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud.

Pick, Pull, Snap!: Where Once a Flower Bloomed book
#3
Pick, Pull, Snap!: Where Once a Flower Bloomed
Written by Lola M. Schaefer and illustrated by Lindsay Barrett George
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the orchard a honey bee buzzes. Its legs brush pollen inside a fragrant pink flower: A small green fruit begins to grow and grow and grow…. Peaches and peas and even peanuts — they all begin with a single flower: How? Open this book and find out!

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.

  2. Blueberries for Sal - What happens when Sal and her mother meet a mother bear and her cub? A beloved classic is born! Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! Sal and her mother a picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter. Meanwhile Sal’s mother is being followed by a small bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother go home with the right little one? With its expressive line drawings and charming story, Blueberries for Sal has won readers’ hearts since its first publication in 1948.

  3. Orange Pear Apple Bear - Destined to become a contemporary classic, this book has spare text and sweet illustrations but contains only five words: apple, pear, orange, bear—and there. Emily Gravett creates clever variations on this theme by rearranging the words—on one spread, a brown bear juggles an orange, apple, and pear; on another spread, there is an orange-colored apple and a pear-shaped bear. Simple and compelling, children will enjoy reading this book over and over again as they learn many different concepts.

  4. The Fruits of Your Labor - The Fruits of Your Labor is a board book that explores the size progression of a baby in the womb in relation to a fruit or vegetable. Beginning at the size of a sweet pea and growing to the size of watermelon, each week of pregnancy is documented as a watercolor painting next to a fun, and also true fact about that specific fruit or vegetable, mixed with a playful quip. With its endearing illustrations and droll humor, The Fruits of Your Labor makes a perfect gift for both new babies and expectant mothers.

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Books About Food and Problem Solving

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear book
#1
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
Written and illustrated by Don Wood and Audrey Wood
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

One of my absolute favorite children’s books growing up, and it continues to be a favorite! As a fellow strawberry lover, I love the suspense the story builds with mouse thinking the big, hungry bear is going to come after his perfectly ripe and juicy strawberry. Simple, classic tale!

First published in 1984, a picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader. The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear…How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry.

The Giant of Jum book
#2
The Giant of Jum
Written by Elli Woollard and illustrated by Benji Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Giant of Jum is feeling a bit munchy. “Fee!” he says, and “Fi!” he says, and “Fo!” he says and “Fum!” And off he goes, in search of that sweet snack of a boy named Jack. On his hunt, he’ll meet children of all sorts. But before he can gobble them up, he finds himself waylaid by pleas for help. What’s a hungry giant to do? Bright illustrations and sweet characters bring this fun and funny story to life a wonderful read-aloud with a chorus everyone will want to shout out together!

Little Taco Truck book
#3
Little Taco Truck
Written and illustrated by Tanya Valentine
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Little Taco Truck loves serving workers on Union Street, but when Ms. Falafal takes his spot, then more and bigger food trucks arrive, he fears no one will want his tacos anymore.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Case of the Stinky Stench - There s a stinky stench in the fridge and our favorite foodie friends must solve a smelly mystery! Inspector Croissant begs Sir French Toast and Lady Pancake for help in finding the source of the foul odor. Could it be the devious Baron Von Waffle? A fetid fish in Corn Chowder Lake? Featuring delectable wordplay there s even an actual red herring and delicious art, this tasty tale is a treat for kids!”

  2. Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast - A thoroughly delicious picture book about the funniest “food fight!” ever! Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship—until they discover that there’s ONLY ONE DROP of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast . . . even without a drop of coffee!

  3. Yasmin the Zookeeper - Yasmin’s class is going on a field trip to the zoo, and Yasmin is thrilled when she is chosen to help feed the monkeys; but when she trips and spills their food both she and the monkeys are upset—until she remembers that she has fruit in her lunch bag to share with her new “friends.”

  4. Ice Cream Summer - Lizzie and Sarah, neighbors and best friends, look forward to running the ice cream stand at Lizzie’s family’s New England orchard, but their plans go awry.

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Books About Food and Animals

Today Is Monday book
#1
Today Is Monday
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Learn the days of the week with bestselling author/illustrator Eric Carle through song!

String beans, spaghetti, ZOOOOP, roast beef, fresh fish, chicken and ice cream are the delicious fare during the week in this popular children’s song. Until Sunday. Then, all the world’s children are invited to come together and share in the meal. Celebrated artist Eric Carle brings new energy to these much-loved verses as lively animals parade across the page, munching on favorite dishes, and introducing young readers to the names of the days of the week. Both art and song invite children to join in the procession and sing along.

That Fruit Is Mine! book
#2
That Fruit Is Mine!
Written and illustrated by Anuska Allepuz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When five fruit-loving elephants spot a scrumptious hard-to-reach fruit high up in a tree, it’s a race to see who can claim it first! But after one too many fumbles, the elephants begin to lose their cool, and the highly coveted fruit is whisked away by the teeny-tiniest of all jungle creatures—mice! The elephants soon realize they have a lot to learn from this cooperative little bunch.

Hungry Little Lizard book
#3
Hungry Little Lizard
Written and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

SLURP! How many bugs did Hungry Little Lizard catch this time? Pull and Peek to find out! Hungry Little Lizard can’t get enough of those bugs! This unique board book allows kids to open Lizard’s mouth and count how many bugs he’s caught on each page. It’s a fun and silly way for kids to begin counting and practice fine motor skills.

Honorable Mentions
  1. What's Up Tiger?: Food - What are the animals up to? There are lots of clues to help us decide, and we can lift the flap to see if we’re right. A playful way to exercise reasoning, prediction and memory skills, featuring colourful, high-contrast illustrations.

  2. Please Please the Bees - Benedict has a pretty sweet life for a bear. Every morning the bees leave a jar of honey on his doorstep, and every day he has honey for breakfast and honey in his tea. It’s an important part of his day. But all that changes when the bees go on strike. Now it’s up to Benedict to listen to the bees, and he realizes there’s a lot more he could be doing to help them. So he fixes up the hive and learns to be a better beekeeper. Will the bees be pleased?

  3. The Picky Eater - Piper the piglet is a very picky eater, who will only eat food beginning with the letter “P”—and somehow her parents must break her of this strange quirk, and get her to eat other good foods.

  4. The Icky Sticky Frog - Reduced size hardcover book The Icky Sticky Froghas a stretchy sticky tongue and googly eyes.Out comes Frog’s tongue so sticky and long andSLURP! Another critter is gone!

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Books About Food and Family

Bear Likes Jam book
#1
Bear Likes Jam
Written and illustrated by Ciara Gavin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

I really like this series! This lovable blended family of ducks and a bear is humorous while simultaneously tackling real-life issues… in this case picky eating. The illustrations are fantastic and the love of a family seeps through every page in a delightful way.

In their blended family, Mama Duck worries when Bear eats too much jam, but when the ducklings play a game with their vegetables, Bear starts to eat the strange green things on his plate.

Grandpa and Me book
#2
Grandpa and Me
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Let’s make a pizza with Grandpa! You can help. Lift the large, sturdy flaps to find everything you need.

The Night Before Thanksgiving book
#3
The Night Before Thanksgiving
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Tammie Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Everyone’s favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday is almost here! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and everyone gathers around the table, all with an extra helping of holiday fun.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Gingerbread Baby - Remember how the Gingerbread Boy is eaten by the fox? Well, not this Gingerbread Baby in a delicious twist to a favorite old tale. It all begins when Matti opens the oven too soon and out jumps a cheeky little Gingerbread Bay. He leads Matti’s mother and father, the dog and the cat. And a whole colorful cast of characters on a rollicking chase through the village and into the forest, staying just out of reach, daring them to catch him along the way. But Matti’s not with them. He’s at home in the borders making what turns out to be a gingerbread house into which the Gingerbread Baby runs. Only Matti knows he is safely inside. And readers will too when they look under the lift-the-flap gingerbread house at the end of the story, and there he is!

  2. Mealtime - Mealtimes can be wild, especially when animal babies are involved! Sometimes messy, often chaotic and always exhausting, they offer perfect bonding opportunities – of a kind!Courtney’s wacky style and eye for detail perfectly illustrate the fun, laughter and love shared each day in family life.

  3. Applesauce Day - Maria and her family visit an apple orchard and pick apples. Then it’s time to turn the apples into applesauce! Every year they use the special pot that has been in the family for generations to make applesauce. First they wash the apples. Then Grandma cuts them into quarters. Follow each step in the process as everyone helps to make delicious applesauce!

  4. Llama Llama Gives Thanks - In Llama Llama Gives Thanks, it’s Thanksgiving time for Llama Llama and his family! That means yummy foods and autumn leaves and being thankful for everything from pumpkin pies to blue skies. Thanksgiving may only come once year, but in Llama’s family, giving thanks is always here! With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

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Books About Food and Farms

We're Going to the Farmers' Market book
#1
We're Going to the Farmers' Market
Written and illustrated by Stefan Page
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is one of my favorite board books! You can’t beat the vivid, bright, beautiful colors and illustrations in this book, and I love that it talks kids through where their food comes from, starting with the farmers and ending up on their plates.

In this story, readers get to visit local farmers, fill baskets with fresh fruits and vegetables, and then head home to cook a feast, all with goodies from the farmers’ market! Featuring Stefan Page’s graphic art, this delightful board book is filled with bold splashes of color and unique patterns.

Before We Eat: From Farm to Table book
#2
Before We Eat: From Farm to Table
Written by Pat Brisson and illustrated by Mary Azarian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

As a family sits down to enjoy a meal, thoughts of those who provide the food, from farmers who plant and tend seeds to store clerks who sell groceries, fill each one with gratitude.

Apple Farmer Annie book
#3
Apple Farmer Annie
Written and illustrated by Monica Wellington
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

A new format for a yummy fall favorite

Filled with bright primary colors and pictures of America’s favorite fruit, Wellington’s enticing story follows Annie, a busy apple farmer. She picks, counts, sorts, bakes tasty treats, and sells her best apples. Already successful in hardcover and paperback, Apple Farmer Annie in board book format is one that young tots will find absolutely irresistible.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred - This is the story of how the farm maiden, farmer, and five farm animals all work together to make a surprise recipe (rice pudding or arroz con leche) that they serve at a fiesta. With the familiarity of “The House That Jack Built,” this story bubbles and builds just like the ingredients of the arroz con leche that everyone enjoys. Cleverly incorporating Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page, this book makes learning the language easy and fun. Rafael Lopez covers each page with vibrant, exuberant color, celebrating tradition and community. Back matter includes a glossary of Spanish words and a recipe for arroz con leche—perfect for everyone to make together and enjoy at story time.

  2. Tractor Mac Farmers' Market - Tractor Mac and his friends find out that fresh, locally grown food is good food; the Tractor Mac series is perfect for fans of Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine. Now in paperback with two colorful sticker sheets!

  3. 1, 2, 3 the Farm and Me - What does a farm look like? What ingredients make up the food you eat? How does the food you eat get to your table? In this innovative book, readers will have fun counting along as they go from the farm, to the store, to their kitchen, to their table to share a dinner. Additional food-based facts will allow caring adults and toddlers to learn even more about the farm-to-table process. No other board book features counting and the cooking process in this way—and no other board book features the expertise of the cooks at America’s Test Kitchen!

  4. Old Manhattan Has Some Farms - A clever new spin on “Old MacDonald,” this fun book explores the popular trend of urban farming. From rooftop farms and gardens on Manhattan high rises to neighborhood gardens in empty lots in Atlanta to hydroponic gardens in Seattle, growing food locally has become an important part of city-dwelling life. Set to the tune of the popular children’s song, this bouncy rhyming text will get everyone reading (or singing) out loud. If you’re not comfortable singing aloud, download the free recording of the song created by popular children’s performer Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew, lead singer and songwriter for the band The Presidents of the United States of America). Six North American cities are highlighted, but included in the back matter are tips and tricks on how to alter the text so you can sing about your own hometown gardens. Back matter also includes more information about the different types of gardens introduced, additional resources, and the sheet music for the song.

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Books About Food and Adventure

James and the Giant Peach book
#1
James and the Giant Peach
Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG!

After James Henry Trotter’s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

Aw, Nuts! book
#2
Aw, Nuts!
Written and illustrated by Rob McClurkan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Squirrel sets off on a chase after the perfect acorn in debut author-illustrator Rob McClurkan’s picture book Aw, Nuts! With bold, graphic art, Squirrel will have young readers laughing out loud on every page, eager to find out what will happen next. Squirrel loves acorns, so when he spots the perfect one, he must have it! But it bounces away. . . . So he jumps into a taxi, but the taxi runs out of gas. Aw, nuts! He bounces on a pogo stick, but it lands in a hole. Aw, nuts! He hops on a boat, gets shipped away, hitches a ride on a little girl’s bike, and more! Will Squirrel be able to catch up to the most delicious acorn ever?

How to Babysit a Grandpa book
#3
How to Babysit a Grandpa
Written by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A New York Times bestselling picture book—from the creators of the hilarious HOW TO… series—about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).

Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Great Drain Escape - A band of tiny squash-bucklers go on adventures of epic proportions in this second book in a brand-new chapter book series about pocket-sized pirates! In the junk shop at the end of the street is a dusty old ship in a bottle. And when the world isn’t watching, a tiny pirate crew comes out of the ship to explore. They aren’t much bigger than a matchstick, but they have a HUGE appetite for adventure! When the junk-shop dog moves in underneath the Pocket Pirates’ shelf, their route to the kitchen is blocked! The noise of rumbling stomachs is keeping everyone awake, and their last few stale breadcrumbs won’t keep them going long. Do they dare to go…OUTSIDE?

  2. Let's Go! - Beep, beep! Let’s go! Colors and sounds collide as Tuski the elephant gets ready for adventure. And there’s no limit to what Tuski’s red taxi can pick up along the way. From friends like a blue bird, an every-colored fish, and a trail of ladybugs, to objects big and small, like a lemon and a pea, peaches, and pancakes, Tuski’s taxi takes them all! But as they venture up the hill, Tuski’s packed taxi might just take a tumble.

  3. Hansel and Gretel - Bernadette Watt’s classic illustrations in a newly repackaged edition. In this beloved Brothers Grimm tale, an evil stepmother sends Hansel and Gretel into the woods. Hungry and lost, they stumble upon a house made of gingerbread . . . but should they trust the old woman inside?

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Books About Food and Helping Others

Little Chef book
#1
Little Chef
Written by Elisabeth Weinberg and Matt Stine and illustrated by Paige Keiser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

In honor of the special day, Lizzie wakes up super early, as any good chef should, to prepare the perfect meal for her grandmother, whom Lizzie lauds as the greatest chef in the world.

Sardines of Love book
#2
Sardines of Love
Written and illustrated by Zuriñe Aguirre
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

“Grandmother Lola hates sardines, but Grandfather Lolo loves them. He eats them every day. When she runs out of sardines one day, Lola can’t bear to think of Lolo going hungry. She decides to go fishing —with unexpected results. What on earth will Lola eat when she discovers that sardines are the only food on offer? And what will Lolo do when he finds out that his beloved Lola is missing?”—Dust jacket flap.

Maisy Goes Shopping book
#3
Maisy Goes Shopping
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

More for Maisy fans! In Maisy Goes Shopping, Charley and our favorite mouse make a trip to the grocery store to buy lots of goodies for lunch. Wherever they go and whatever they do, Lucy Cousins’s lovable characters are a delight.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Last Chip - Percy is a little pigeon, and he’s very hungry. Life on the streets is tough, and every time he tries to get hold of a scrap of food, bigger, beefier birds bat him away. He’s about to give up when someone offers him her very last chip. A moving and uplifting story about struggle against adversity and the kindness of strangers.

  2. Rice from Heaven - Rice from Heaven is a true story about compassion and bravery as a young girl and her community in South Korea help deliver rice via balloons to the starving and oppressed people in North Korea. “We reach a place where mountains become a wall. A wall so high, no one dares to climb. Beyond that wall and across the sea live children just like me, except they do not have food to eat.” Yoori lives in South Korea and doesn’t know what North Korea is like, but her father (Appa) does. Appa grew up in North Korea, where he did not have enough food to eat. Starving, he fled to South Korea in search of a better life. Yoori doesn’t know how she can help as she’s only a little “grain of rice” herself, but Appa tells her that they can secretly help the starving people by sending special balloons that carry rice over the border. Villagers glare and grumble, and children protest feeding the enemy, but Yoori doesn’t back down. She has to help. People right over the border don’t have food. No rice, and no green fields. With renewed spirit, volunteers gather in groups, fill the balloons with air, and tie the Styrofoam containers filled with rice to the tails of the balloons. With a little push, the balloons soar up and over the border, carrying rice in the darkness of the night over to North Korea.

  3. Night Before Mother’s Day - It’s the night before Mother’s Day, and Dad and the kids are determined to show Mom just how much they love her. They whip up a cake from scratch, and offer a special coupon for a day at the spa, right in their own kitchen! Kids and moms will love reading this sweet story aloud together for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

  4. Cook It! - Who’s home for dinner? What shall we cook? What do we need to buy? And don’t forget the washing-up! Helping with real tasks is a natural progression from pretend play, and is a crucial stage in a child’s development. Achieving a shared goal encourages a sense of responsibility, and develops many skills useful in later life. Simple conversational text and lively illustrations are carefully designed to encourage further dialogue between reader and child.

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Books About Food and Cookies

CookieBot! (Harry and Horsie Adventures) book
#1
CookieBot! (Harry and Horsie Adventures)
Written by Katie Van Camp and illustrated by Lincoln Agnew
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Problem: Harry and Horsie want cookies, but the jar is way out of reach. The Solution: Build CookieBot—the most amazing cookie-grabbing robot ever! What could go wrong?

Mr. Cookie Baker book
#2
Mr. Cookie Baker
Written and illustrated by Monica Wellington
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Bright, primary colors and big cookie shapes make this beloved book about a baker perfect for the very youngest. In twelve scrumptious spreads, Mr. Cookie Baker shows all the steps in preparing his famous cookies. Just as he takes them out of the oven, here come the hungry children! With lots to look at, this book is sure to be a yummy treat for the tiniest tots.

Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons book
#3
Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jane Dyer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, this scrumptious follow-up to the bestselling Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons captures the real spirit of the Christmas season. Makes a thoughtful gift, especially accompanied with some home-baked cookies.

From making the same kind of cookies at the same time each year (tradition) to decorating them with lots of sprinkles (celebrate), emergent readers will gobble up gentle holiday lessons in this charming book.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s timeless morsels of wisdom paired with Jane Dyer’s cozy illustrations are as irresistible as the aroma of cookies fresh from the oven. Perfect for learning concept words as well as for readers of all ages as they celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Honorable Mentions
  1. How the Cookie Crumbled - In this unique and clever picture book, Gilbert Ford sheds a little light on everyone’s favorite sweet treat—the chocolate chip cookie—and reminds readers everywhere that just because a story is told doesn’t mean it’s true. Crunch! Crunch! Crunch! Mmmmm! Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies! But not everyone knows where they came from. Meet Ruth Wakefield, the talented chef and entrepreneur who started a restaurant, wrote a cookbook, and invented this delicious dessert. But just how did she do it, you ask? That’s where things get messy…

  2. A Big Fat Enormous Lie - An empty cookie jar and a small boy with a problem lead to one big fat enormous lie.

  3. Christmas Cookie Day! - Bake up laughs and love with your little one this Christmas! From sprinkled, sparkled cookies to sharing with friends and family, Christmas Cookie Day! celebrates the beloved tradition of making Christmas treats.

  4. Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgers - The whole school is turned upside down when the new cafeteria cook hands out her special Valentines Day cookies. Could she really be Cupid creating a love potion?

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Books About Food and Silly

The Incredible Book Eating Boy book
#1
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn’t like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets—he’s on his way to being the smartest boy in the world! But one day he feels sick to his stomach. And the information is so jumbled up inside, he can’t digest it! Can Henry find a way to enjoy books without using his teeth?

With a stunning new artistic style and a die-cut surprise, Oliver Jeffers celebrates the joys of reading in this charming and quirky picture book. It’s almost good enough to eat.

I Will Chomp You! book
#2
I Will Chomp You!
Written by Jory John and illustrated by Bob Shea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A monster tries to chomp any reader who wants to go past the first page of the book in order to keep his cakes safe.

Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter book
#3
Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter
Written by Roy L Hinuss
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In the fourth chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series, Prince Charming faces his greatest challenge yet: a fancy party. Prince Carlos Charles Charming isn’t the princeliest of princes. But he might be the funniest. Unfortunately, being hilarious won’t help much at a birthday party thrown by an evil queen with no sense of humor. And if Carlos, his pet dragon, and his friend Pinky don’t bring the right presents and fail to dance perfectly, the evil queen might declare war. Can Carlos and his friends keep the party from turning into a disaster? Who are we kidding? The real question is: After starting a food fight, can they save their kingdom? Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter is for every kid who worries about how to survive their next party. An Imprint Book

Honorable Mentions
  1. Fred Pudding - Grandma and her grandson are making bread pudding, but her dog, Fred, has his own plans! While the humans are in the kitchen, Fred is busy shredding papers and tissues in the living room. When Grandma mixes, Fred runs in circles, and when she bakes the pudding, Fred lies on the floor under a sunny window. Will the delicious dessert make up for the mess Fred made? This hilarious adventure, inspired by quintessential dog shenanigans, is sure to make all families and dog lovers laugh.

  2. Frank Pearl in the Awful Waffle Kerfuffle - Frank Pearl is chasing a prize in this Judy Moody® story for newly independent readers. Just once, Frank Pearl would like to win at something! He is going to win a prize if it’s the last thing he does. Could an amazing yo-yo trick or Cookie the parrot land him a prize? Could a blue ribbon be his at the Great Third-Grade Breakfast Bash? With three shots at a prize and Judy Moody cheering him on (sort of?), there’s no way that Frank can miss out on a trophy this time.

  3. I Am Bat - I am bat. I love cherries. They are juicy and red and delicious and… My cherries! Some of them are missing. Who took my cherries? Was it YOU? Join the grumpily adorable Bat as he searches for his missing cherries in this vibrant and hilarious picture book

  4. Nom Nom: Shapes - Nom Nom Shapes gives young minds food for thought—literally! Kids who love Shopkins and Num Noms will enjoy learning their shapes with the help and encouragement of adorable food characters—round cookies, square wa es, and triangle pie slices to name a few—found throughout. Even the book feels like food packaging with an acetate window on the front cover hinting at the delicious contents inside. It’s food. It’s education. It’s cute. It’s Nom Nom Knowledge!

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Books About Food and Counting

1-2-3 Peas book
#1
1-2-3 Peas
Written and illustrated by Keith Baker
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Busy little peas engage in their favorite activities as they introduce the numbers from one to one hundred.

Edible Numbers book
#2
Edible Numbers
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Vogel Bass
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Juicy apples! Plump, ripe pears! Twisted mushrooms! Counting your way through the farmer’s market has never been so much fun. Discover a world filled with exciting fruits and vegetables in this bright, bold follow-up to Edible Colors. This simple concept counting book will leave your mouth watering as you count from one to twelve with a kaleidoscope of tasty produce. Readers will learn about counting, variety, and color through the detailed, crisp photographs of homegrown and farmer’s market fruits and vegetables!

Five Little Gefiltes book
#3
Five Little Gefiltes
Written and illustrated by Dave Horowitz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When five curious young gefilte fish have the chutzpah to sneak out of their jar and set off to explore the world, they are followed by a loud OY VEY!—Mama Gefilte isn’t too happy to see her little ones leaving the nest. But she’s taught them well, and at the end of their adventures, each one proves himself a mensch—making Mama one proud gefilte indeed.

Dave Horowitz’s playful rhyming tale, its illustrations packed with comic asides, will have readers giggling out loud and looking for opportunities to practice their Yiddish—with help from the handy glossary at the end of the book.

Honorable Mentions
  1. A Frog in the Bog - From the bestselling author of “Bear Snores On” comes this hilariously illustrated story that teaches young readers the concept of counting from one to five and back again. Full color.

  2. 1 Big Salad - Juana Medina’s ingenious illustrations nearly pop off the page in her new counting book, ONE BIG SALAD. One avocado deer saunters across the spread, two radish mice scurry by, until finally ten clementine kitties prance onto the scene – all of the ingredients in one big salad! Medina’s previous book with Viking, SMICK!, introduced her to the children’s book world, and now she’s bringing her fresh and innovative take on the concept book form.

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Books About Food and Culture

Proud to Be Latino book
#1
Proud to Be Latino
Written by Ashley Marie Mireles and illustrated by Edith Valle and Ashley Marie Mireles
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Did you know that there are over 5000 types of potatoes sold in South America? Or that in Honduras, a song about conch soup reached the Billboard Top 100 Charts? Latino culture spans Southern and Central America as well as the Caribbean, but often when we think of Latino foods, we think tacos, burritos, and other common Mexican dishes. Proud to Be Latino: Food/Comida teaches children how different Latino countries use similar ingredients to create unique regional dishes. The dishes and their descriptions are given in both English and Spanish, and parents will enjoy the sidebars with additional fun facts about Latino food and culture. This bilingual board book takes the reader beyond a basic language primer and dives deep into the heart of Latino culture . . . which is the food, of course!

Food Trucks! book
#2
Food Trucks!
Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Burton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

This truck-shaped, lift-the-flap board book combines food with things that go for a novelty that has more than gears under the hood. Go on a culinary adventure with this exciting new lift-the-flap book that serves as an amuse-bouche introduction to different types of food from around the world. From the standard burger and taco truck to Japanese, Italian, Indian, and Chinese (with a health food and ice cream, too), this parking lot is filled with good eats for readers to find under every flap. With inviting truck characters on each page, little ones will love flipping through the visual menus hidden in each spread as they learn more about food…and about trucks—two things that go, go, go great together to make a well-balanced book.

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns book
#3
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns
Written by Hena Khan and illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam s beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is equally at home in a classroom reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent s lap.

Honorable Mentions
  1. My First Thanksgiving - Tomie dePaola’s simple text and bright illustrations perfectly capture the joy of this special holiday. Young readers will love learning more about the traditional celebrations of the day.

  2. Yasmin the Chef - Yasmin’s family is hosting a big party, but Yasmin is worried that the traditional food her family is cooking is too spicy—so her family challenges Yasmin to come up with a dish of her own.

  3. Pancakes to Parathas - Breakfast varies from country to country, but it’s how all children begin their day. Explore the meals of twelve countries in this playful approach to the world! From Australia to India to the USA, come travel around the world at dawn. Children everywhere are waking up to breakfast. In Japan, students eat soured soybeans called natto. In Brazil, even kids drink coffee—with lots of milk! With rhythm and rhymes and bold, graphic art, Pancakes to Parathas invites young readers to explore the world through the most important meal of the day.

  4. Light the Menorah - Light the menorah and celebrate eight days of fun with this interactive book! It?s time to celebrate Hanukkah! From learning the story of the Macabees to making potato latkes and playing dreidel, kids will love reading along with this fun book. A pull-tab on each page allows children to “light” the candles of the menorah.

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Books About Food and School

My Backpack! book
#1
My Backpack!
Written by Scholastic and illustrated by Weldon Swanson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A lift-the-flap board book featuring the lovable characters from Skip Hop’s Zoo backpacks!

What’s inside your backpack? Join Bee, Dog, Elephant, Ladybug, and Penguin in this delightful interactive story based on the beloved Zoo backpack line from Skip Hop.

Lift the flaps to find out what each animal likes to pack in their backpack, which looks exactly like the real thing! With adorable animal illustrations and a surprise on each spread, this story is sure to get little ones excited about school!

The Purr-fect Scoop book
#2
The Purr-fect Scoop
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Sierra tries to find a way to balance all of the activities in her life in this third delicious book in the Sprinkle Sundays series from the author of the Cupcake Diaries series! Sierra does lots of things. She’s captain of the softball team, the director of the school play, and she’s on Student Council, but her favorite thing to do is work at the ice cream shop with her best friends Tamiko and Allie. But when her parents decide to foster three kittens and their mama, Sierra’s life gets a lot more catty! Can Sierra do it all—and maybe find homes for the cats, too?

How to Catch a Turkey book
#3
How to Catch a Turkey
Written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

A turkey is running loose in a school right before a Thanksgiving play. Can YOU help catch it? Fun and chaos ensue as students turn their school upside down trying to catch the turkey, ending with a twist that ensures no turkeys are harmed (or eaten!).

Honorable Mentions
  1. Krista Kim-Bap - Krista and Jason have been best friends since preschool. It never mattered that he was a boy with reddish brown hair and she was “the Korean girl” at school. Now in fifth grade, everyone in their class is preparing their Heritage Month projects. Jason has always loved Krista’s Korean family, and particularly her mom’s cooking, but Krista is conflicted about being her school’s “Korean Ambassador.” She’s also worried about asking her intimidating grandma to teach the class how to cook their traditional kim-bap. Combine that with her new friends pulling her away from Jason, and Krista has a lot to deal with this year!

  2. My Chocolate Year - In 1945 Chicago, as her Jewish family anxiously awaits news of relatives left behind in Europe, ten-year-old Dorrie learns new recipes in the hope of winning a baking competition at school. Includes recipes for various foods, from chocolate pudding to chocolate mandelbread.

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Books About Food and Holidays

A Very Fuddles Christmas book
#1
A Very Fuddles Christmas
Written and illustrated by Frans Vischer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Fuddles—the fat, pampered cat—weathers a wintry wonderland in this holiday story of merry misadventures! The way Fuddles, the overly indulged feline, sees the world, it’s better to receive than give! And what better gift for Fuddles than Christmas? One winter day, he wakes up to the smells and sights of the holiday: a juicy turkey dinner, sweet gingerbread, and a tree decorated with shiny, glittering toys—all for him! But when Fuddles tries to climb the tree, his family chases him away. He runs outside to escape, smack into cold and ice and snow! Will Fuddles ever make it back home in time to celebrate the merriest time of the year?

Strega Nona's Gift book
#2
Strega Nona's Gift
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In Strega Nona’s village, the holiday season is a time of celebrations – and nothing says celebration like a feast! All the kitchens are bustling from the Feast of San Nicola, when the children choose the food, to the Feast of Epiphany, when someone gets to be king or queen for the day. Even the animals share in the holiday spirit, and when Big Anthony smells the delicious treats Strega Nona is cooking for them, he decides that just a taste couldn’t hurt, right? Wrong! Big Anthony gets his just desserts, while Strega Nona surprises everyone with a special gift.

Starring two of Tomie dePaola’s best-loved characters, this funny story features beautiful art, introduces young readers to Italian holiday traditions, and lands Big Anthony in yet another silly predicament that will delight fans young and old.

The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas book
#3
The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas
Written by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This Gingerbread Man was loose in the school and on the fire truck, and now he’s loose at holiday time!

Everyone in class is busy practicing songs and making goodies for their trip to town to thank community helpers, and the Gingerbread Man has made a card for someone extra sweet. But before he can deliver his gift, whipping wind and swirling snow come to town, too. Slushy sidewalks are no place for a cookie, but this Gingerbread Man won’t let a little bad weather stop him!

“I’ll search on my own, as fast as I can! I’ll dash through this snow. I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

With all the flavors of the season and generous dashes of kindness and gratitude, the Gingerbread Man’s newest adventure makes for a perfect read-aloud throughout the holidays.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Night Before New Year's - The newest title in Natasha Wing’s bestselling Night Before series! It?s the night before New Year’s, and the whole family is determined to stay up until midnight! Everyone’s stocked up on sparkly streamers and festive party hats, but after a night filled with card games and too many cupcakes, the little ones are getting sleepy. . . Can they make it until the clock strikes twelve?

  2. The Little Kid's Table - Everyone knows that the little kids table is the place to be for any holiday or family gathering. They just know how to have fun! This silly, rhyming story follows a group of rambunctious cousins from table setting to dessert. A universal theme, The Little Kids Table will have kids—and parents!—howling with laughter.

  3. Is it Passover Yet? - It’s time to clean the house, set out our best dishes, and fill our homes with food and family to celebrate the joyous holiday of Passover! In this sweet story, join one family as they gather with loved ones to share the joy of togetherness and freedom that Passover brings.

  4. Gingerbread Christmas - Jan Brett’s beloved character the Gingerbread Baby returns in a fun-filled Christmas caper! Gingerbread Baby and his friend, Matti, take his gingerbread band to the Christmas Festival where they are a hit until the aroma of gingerbread reaches the children, signaling that it is time to run away. Clever Matti uses snow to disguise the gingerbread instruments while Gingerbread Baby leads the audience on a merry chase to the smartest hiding place ever–a giant Christmas tree.

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Epilogue

32 books that are just too good to leave off of our food list.

  1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - The beloved, bestselling tale of edible weather is brought to life! If food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn’t it be marvelous! Or would it? It could, after all, be messy. And you’d have no choice. What if you didn’t like what fell? Or what if too much came? Have you ever thought of what it might be like to be squashed flat by a pancake?

  2. Happy Birthday, Cupcake! - From the creator of Peanut Butter & Cupcake comes a birthday book starring everyone’s favorite dessert! What’s a cupcake to do when she needs to plan her birthday party? In this hilarious, kid-friendly homage to food and birthdays, Cupcake runs through tons of ideas while her best friend, Blueberry Muffin, finds reasons why they won’t work: Soup gets seasick; Donut melts in the sun; someome might get squashed during musical chairs; and Cupcake is not very good at limbo (her icing might get sliced off!). Just as Cupcake is ready to crumble, Blueberry Muffin has one last idea that just might save the day. With laugh-out-loud visual gags (like a band made up of beans–the musical fruit, of course), this book is sure to put a birthday smile on any kid’s face (and on adult faces as well).

  3. No, No, Dinos! - B is for Bookworm - Such a cute book with the tabs you can lift out on each page! I like that this board book isn’t a counting or colors book, it adds some variety to my library and who doesn’t love cute dinosaurs?! An added plus is that this book tells the dinos how to best eat messy and sticky treats, so little readers might learn to be a little cleaner with them. :)

  4. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim…. The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.

  1. Dragons Love Tacos - Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

  2. Foodie Babies Wear Bibs - Grammy - This is a darling book about the realities of feeding and eating with babies, from preparation to sharing, with an especially tasty ending!

  3. Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise - In the hot days of summer, Curious George the monkey looks for ways to stay cool, including going to the pool, playing in the sprinklers, and drinking lemonade, but what he really wants is a visit from the ice cream truck.

  4. Planes, Trains, and Animobiles - B is for Bookworm - This is a really fun book for children to learn about automobiles and animals. The rhyming scheme is fun and the word count in this board book is decent. My favorite part is the “Micecream” truck! This book’s illustrations are really colorful and cute, with a slight cartoony feel.

  1. Pancakes, Pancakes! - By cutting and grinding the wheat for flour, Jack starts from scratch to help make his breakfast pancake.

  2. Kitty Cones: What Makes Us Happy? - Discover all the little things that make the Kitty Cones happy in this sweet book of illustrations from Ralph Cosentino. Life is full of happy moments, from playing on the beach to chasing rainbows, and even running outside when it sprinkles! Join best friends Miyu, Yumi, and Koko as they discover what makes them happy. Filled with clever and endearing art from author and illustrator Ralph Cosentino, this Kitty Cones book teaches kids to value friendship, help others, and enjoy the little things in life.

  3. First Book of Sushi - Miso in my sippy cup, tofu in my bowl! From tekka maki to wasabi, tasty treats await young readers in this colorful, rhyming ode to Japanese cuisine. With pages full of tummy-tempting foods, the books in the World Snacks series are a delicious way to introduce even the littlest eaters to cuisines from all around the globe.

  4. Llama Llama Yum Yum Yum! - Get cooking with Llama Llama in this scratch-and-sniff board book! Llama Llama and his Mama are in the kitchen whipping up some delicious treats! Join in the fun by reading along with this super-sweet story and scratching and sniffing the fun scents on each spread, like pickles and ice cream sundaes!

  1. Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs - Groovy Joe was living the dream. He had a spoon and tub of doggy ice cream. And he started to sing: Love my doggy ice cream! Love my doggy ice cream! Eric Litwin, author of the bestselling and beloved Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, and bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, have created a captivating new canine character who will groove his way into readers’ hearts and have them grooving and giggling all the while. In his debut adventure, Groovy Joe faces three roaring dinosaurs hungry for his doggy ice cream! Oh no! But Joe knows just what to do and soon enough he has them all sharing while moving and singing along. Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations come together to create an unforgettable new character who embodies positivity, creativity, and kindness. Groovy Joe is here, ready to get groovy! Download your FREE Groovy Joe songs, written and performed by Eric Litwin, at groovyjoestories.scholastic.com.

  2. Wemberly's Ice-Cream Star - One hot simmer day Wemberly finds that patience — just like a frosty treat — will go a long way.

  3. Walter the Baker - By order of the Duke, Walter the Baker must invent a tasty roll through which the rising sun can shine three times.

  4. Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream - Splat and his class go on a field trip to an ice cream factory in this delectable I Can Read book from New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton. Splat can barely sit still during the bus ride. He’s imagining the mountain of ice cream he thinks he’ll get to eat! But when Splat gets there, that mountain becomes more of an avalanche. It’s up to Splat and his classmates to save the day! Beginning readers will practice the –eam sound in this easy-to-read addition to the Splat series. Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

  1. Indestructibles: Baby, Let's Eat! - Books babies can really sink their gums into! INDESTRUCTIBLES are built for the way babies “read”: with their hands and mouths. INDESTRUCTIBLES won’t rip or tear and are 100% washable. They’re made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend. What green vegetable looks like a tree? Broccoli! Can you find a fruit that’s small and yellow? Lemon! Can you pick out two berries so red and sweet? Raspberry and strawberry! Explore a rainbow of delicious foods in a book that’s INDESTRUCTIBLE.

  2. Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream - The Stick Dog series continues in author-illustrator Tom Watson’s hilarious Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream. In the follow-up to Stick Dog, Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, and Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Stick Dog and his pals are back, but this time the temperature is rising and they’re all feeling the heat. They need cold, cold ice cream on this hot, hot day. It will take all of Stick Dog’s smarts to guide his friends to a scrumptious ice cream feast. They’ll battle a water-attacking machine, discover rainbow puddles, and chase the strangest, loudest truck they’ve ever seen. But there’s a looming threat to their mission—Stick Dog gets spotted by a human. And the police are on his tail. If he’s captured, Stick Dog may never see his friends again. If he escapes, it’s ice cream for everyone. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books.

  3. Scoop the Ice Cream Truck - Scoop the Ice Cream Truck has seen a lot of summers selling his vanilla ice cream cones across the city. But he’s getting old, and the new trucks are getting fancier. Now they have waffle cones, jumbo sundaes, flash frozen ice cream, twenty-seven flavors and six special toppings. Feeling like he’s fallen behind, Scoop decides that it’s time for a redesign. But when his old frame can’t handle the new upgrades, can Scoop discover his own value and find the right spot to sell his vanilla cones?

  4. Everyone Loves Bacon - “Everyone loves Bacon, but letting his fame go to his head may prove more dangerous than he thought”

  1. Ice Cream Summer - Lemony Snickers - Ice Cream Summer is a cute book, and it’s definitely all about ice cream. Every page is filled with quirky, clever ideas about ice cream, from ice cream inventions and ice-cream inspired cartography to ice cream math and ice cream wordsmithing as the main character writes his grandmother all about his ice cream-filled filled summer.

  2. Scream for Ice Cream - When a local ice cream factory hosts a contest for new flavors, Nancy and the Clue Crew enter, but when a friend’s secret recipe goes missing, Nancy suspects that someone is up to no good.

  3. Ice Cream: The Full Scoop - Cool and smooth and sweet, ice cream has long been a favourite treat. It cools you off when it’s hot and is too delicious to resist even in cold weather. How did it get to be so scrumptious? Best-selling author/illustrator Gail Gibbons dishes out the latest scoop on ice cream production. Ice cream has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a mixture of snow, milk, and rice. Gail Gibbons details the many firsts in ice cream history, from the earliest ice cream crank to the original waffle cone. Children’s mouths will be watering as they follow ice cream’s journey from farm to factory to freezer.

  4. Marigold Bakes a Cake - For fans of Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon… series. Baking the perfect cake is how Marigold spends Mondays. Being messy, noisy, and disruptive in Marigold’s kitchen are how one finch, two pigeons, and three loons spend their Mondays! Marigold the cat loves Mondays, for that is when he bakes cakes! With his favorite recipe in front of him, he rolls up his sleeves and gets down to it. He whips up egg whites . . . Easy. He adds a cup of milk . . . Peasy. Then he sprinkles in just a pinch of . . . of finch?! That’s not right at all! Neither are the smidgeons of pigeons or the spoonsfull of loons. Clearly a chase is in order! Yet all that leads to is a spectacularly messy kitchen. And no cake. With a recipe comprised of equal parts humor and charm, author-illustrator Mike Malbrough has cooked up a scrumptious laugh-out-loud addition to the great tradition of interruption books. Perfect for fans of Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and David Ezra Stein’s Interrupting Chicken.

  1. Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch - Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones! Something very wonderful is happening to Junie B. And it’s called—hurray, hurray!—she’s getting to be a professional lunch lady! And that means hanging out with Mrs. Gutzman in the cafeteria. And standing behind the counter. And even wearing a real actual hair net! Who knows? Pretty soon she could be the boss of the whole entire lunch operation!

  2. The Ice Cream Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #94) - The Aldens, along with Butterscotch the horse, attempt to find a saboteur who is trying to shut down their ice cream wagon.

  3. The Boy Who Wanted to Cook - Ten-year-old Pierre dreams of being a chef at his parents’ restaurant, La Bonne Vache, in the south of France but is told he is too young; however, when an important guest comes to visit, Pierre sees an opportunity to prove himself. Includes notes about dining in France and a glossary.

  4. The Lemonade War - Evan Treski, who is people-smart, and his younger sister Jesse, who is math-smart, battle it out through competing lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn one hundred dollars.

  1. The Chocolate Touch - John midas loves chocolate. He loves it so much that he′ll eat it any hour of any day. He doesn′t care if he ruins his appetite. He thinks chocolate is better than any other food! But one day, after wandering into a candy store and buying a piece of their best chocolate, John finds out that there might just be such a thing as too much chocolate. . . .

  2. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup - Bailey, who is usually so nice, Bailey, my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life, knowing me better than anybody, that Bailey, that Bailey I am so mad at right now, that Bailey, I hate him today. Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, don’t always get along, that’s true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again with her interesting stories and family recipes. It’s easier to remember what’s important about love, life, and friendship while Granny Torrelli makes soup.

  3. Chocolate Fever - Henry Green is a boy who loves chocolate. He likes it bitter, sweet, dark, light, and daily; for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; in cakes, candy bars, milk, and every other form you can possibly imagine. Henry probably loves chocolate more than any boy in the history of the world. One day-it starts off like any other day-Henry finds that strange things are happening to him. First he makes medical history with the only case of Chocolate Fever ever. Then he finds himself caught up in a wild and hilarious chase, climaxed by a very unusual hijacking!

  4. Mealtime - Simple text and illustrations explain how to behave during mealtime.

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