It’s fun to read stories about baking, cooking, eating, and giving food. Here are our favorite children’s books about food to read aloud with your child.
“Can we make pastilla?” my son asked. He had been poring through a world atlas that showed custom food from different regions. This dish in particular was from Morocco. We had already cooked Egyptian falafels, Native American fry bread, and latkes for the holidays.
As busy moms, we may not always have the time to cook meals from scratch, much less unfamiliar recipes with ingredients we don’t always recognize. But cooking and eating new foods don’t have to be complicated. We can celebrate the fresh veggies of a salad, or look forward to delicious apple pie.
And your meals don’t even have to be home-cooked to be enjoyed. What kid doesn’t love a steaming box of pizza delivered to your door, or ice cream to lick at the end of a hot day?
There’s something to be said about relishing good food. Many can even become rituals or part of your routine, like expecting pancakes every Saturday morning.
And of course, food can be part of our culture, from baking roti and Challah bread to partaking in chicken soup.
Children’s books about food
This is why I love reading children’s books about food and following them up in the kitchen. Many of our food adventures began by reading a children’s book about it (for instance, cooking fry bread or bibimbap).
We’ve also incorporated the activity in the book in real life. One of our books described a picnic, complete with sandwiches, grapes, lemonade, and cookies. We then recreated the menu—complete with the picnic—with our kids.
Below are some favorite children’s books about food. They can help your little ones get excited about cooking, baking, and of course, eating:
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
(Suggestion: eat the specified fruit on each day, e.g. apples for Monday.)
Children’s books about chefs
Children’s books about where food comes from
Children’s books about food from different cultures
Children’s books about picky eating
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
- A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins
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