It’s fun to read stories about baking, cooking, eating and giving food. Here are 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 also showed custom food from different regions. This one in particular was from Morocco. We’d 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 recognize. But cooking and eating good food doesn’t have to be complicated. We can celebrate the fresh ingredients 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 the 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 delivering homemade brownies during the holidays to breaking Challah bread with family.
Children’s books about food
This is why I love reading children’s books about food and following it 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’ll 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.)
You Can Do It, Sam by Amy Hest
(Suggestion: bake cakes and wrap them in the same red bags with blue paper as Sam and his mom do and give away to friends.)
Get more ideas:
- Children’s Books about Thanksgiving
- Multicultural Children’s Books to Read with Your Child
- Top Earth Day Books to Inspire Children
- 12 Children’s Books that Reinforce Positive Behavior
- The Best Children’s Books about Gardening
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