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Restaurants: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about restaurants?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to restaurants. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about restaurants.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about restaurants, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Boy Who Wanted to Cook to popular sellers like Dim Sum for Everyone!.

We hope this list of kids books about restaurants can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Dinner at the Panda Palace
Written by Stephanie Calmenson & illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dinner at the Panda Palace! In this charming counting book, perfect for back to school, children will learn the importance of inclusion. Join one hungry elephant, two carsick lions, three pigs running from a wolf, and dozens of other playful yet famished animals as they swing, bound, and bounce into the Panda Palace for a hearty meal. But when the restaurant is totally full, will Panda make room for one more guest?

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The Dragon's Tale
Written by Nancy Krulik
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Recommend Ages: 6-8
Princess Pulverizer may not be a knight yet, but she won't let that stop her from saving the day!
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Dim Sum for Everyone!
Written & illustrated by Grace Lin
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A Chinese American family sits down to enjoy a traditional dim sum meal. Dumplings, cakes, buns, and tarts are wheeled out in little dishes on trolleys, and each family member gets to choose a favorite treat! Lin’s bold and gloriously patterned artwork is a feast for the eyes. Her story is simple and tailor-made for reading aloud to young children, and she includes an informative author’s note for parents, teachers, and children who want to learn more about the origins and practice of dim sum.

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Pizza Pig
Written by Diana Murray
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Recommend Ages: 4-6
Kindness is on the menu!
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Paper Crane
Written & illustrated by Molly Bang
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A beautifully illustrated retelling of an ancient Japanese folktale by Molly Bang, the celebrated creator of numerous picture books including the Caldecott Honor Books Ten, Nine, Eight; The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher; and When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry . . .

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  • Lucky for Good - The residents of Hard Pan, California, come together to help Brigitte and Lucky when the County Health Department threatens to close down the cafâe, and meantime Miles’s life is complicated by his mother’s return.

  • 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.

  • Pizza at Sally's - Sally the pizza maker makes pizza. She grows tomatoes in the community garden for the sauce. She gets cheese in the shop down the street. She buys flour from the mill for the dough. Festive artwork shows all her tasks as Sally prepares, mixes, and bakes delicious pizzas. The perfect tie-in to elementary school lessons about where food comes from, this book will be embraced by teachers. It’s a delightful addition to Monica Wellington’s nonfiction for the youngest readers, and it comes complete with a recipe so kids can make pizza with Sally.

  • A Crazy Day at the Critter Café - Swish, zoom, swish. Clickety-clack! When a bus full of critters breaks down, a sleepy roadside café suddenly wakes up! Raccoons, elephants, zebras, and rams are only a few of the many animals demanding grub, and it is all that a cook and a waiter can do to keep up. But when Skateboard Cow swerves her way through the crowd, more than a few feathers are guaranteed to be ruffled! Rhythmic text and energetic illustrations combine for a romp of pure fun and entertainment.

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