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School Lunchrooms And Cafeterias: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about school lunchrooms and cafeterias?

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

Our list includes chapter books. 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 school lunchrooms and cafeterias, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Cupid Doesn’t Flip Hamburgers to popular sellers like Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space (And the … the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds).

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

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Ms. Hall Is a Goofball!
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

In this twelfth book in the My Weirdest School series, there’s a new lunch lady at Ella Mentry! Ms. Hall is obsessed with healthy food, and she makes it her mission to get A.J. and the gang to eat more veggies. But they won’t take this sitting down.

Can Ms. Hall lure them over to the veggie side? Or will their resistance be a piece of cake?

Perfect for reluctant readers and all kids hungry for funny school stories, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

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Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.
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Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril
Written & illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.
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Curse of the Were-Wiener
Written by Ursula Vernon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-10

Danny Dragonbreath and his best friend Wendell thought the hot dog from the school cafeteria looked a little . . . off. Then things got weird when the hot dog bit Wendell, and weirder still when Wendell started to sprout back hair. Could Wendell be morphing into a . . . (<i>cue ominous music</i>) were-wiener? All evidence points to yes. And unless he and Danny can get past the lunch ladies and slay the alpha-wurst, the whole school could be infected.<p>Written in Ursula Vernon’s trademark hybrid style of comic-book panels and text, this is the thrilling third book in the series. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews said <i>Dragonbreath</i> will leave readers in stiches- and on tenterhooks waiting for the next one. Curse of the Were-Wiener will make kids everywhere laugh, shriek, and take a closer look at their lunches. Perfect for fans of <i>Wimpy Kid</i> and <i>Bad Kitty</i>.<br> </p>

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Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta
Written & illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.
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Major Monster Mess, Volume 6
Written by Andres Miedoso & illustrated by Victor Rivas
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Recommend Ages: 6-8
It's Desmond and Andres versus creepy monster lunch ladies in the sixth book of the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol series!
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Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.
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The Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze
Written & illustrated by Todd Clark
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

Introducing Irwin Snackcracker, seemingly ordinary fourth-grader who is transformed through the power of a Fudgsicle into superhero extraordinaire: The Ice Cream Kid! When Irwin Snackcracker leaves for school in the morning all he can think about is pizza, tater-tots, and winning first place in the booger contest. He leaps down the bannister, quickly eats breakfast before brushing his teeth and dashing out the door. Little does Irwin know, this day will change his life. He is just one brain freeze away from superpowers! When Irwin unexpectedly scores the last Fudgsicle left in the ice cream cart at school, he finds out that he is no longer an ordinary fourth grader. Taking a big bite of the delicious frozen treat transforms Irwin into “The Ice Cream Kid” who, with a steady supply of ice cream, has the ability to run at lightning speed and talk to animals along the way!

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Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

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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Comics Squad: Lunch!
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

Calling all kidz! Do you like comics? Do you like laughing till milk comes out of your nose?! Look no further–do we have the book for you! All your favorite comic characters are right here in one book, including the Peanuts gang, Babymouse, and Lunch Lady. This all-star tribute to classic Sunday comics includes eight sidesplitting, action-packed stories about every kid’s favorite subject–LUNCH! <p/> Lunchtime can be fun, wild, yummy, or complete chaos! And in this second collection of comics, it is definitely hilarious.

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