It’s fun to learn about food with kids. Read stories about baking, cooking, eating and giving food. Here are 14 children’s books about food to read aloud.
With a preschooler and infant twin boys, my husband and I haven’t had too many chances to cook anymore. I’m so on a mission to save as much time as possible that I won’t bother with a recipe that takes more than an hour to prepare.
That is, if we even cook from a recipe; these days, we’ve been buying pre-made pastas and sauces and salad kits. Still, I miss cooking and baking. And now that the twins are a tad older, I want to involve my three-year-old with cooking and baking once again.
And what’s a better way to cook and bake than by incorporating the activity with a book? I love reading children’s books and following it up in the kitchen. We have a book that described a picnic with sandwiches, grapes, lemonade and cookies. We then recreated the picnic menu with our little guy.
So below are some favorite children’s books about food. They’ll help your little ones get excited about cooking, baking, and of course, eating.
Children’s books about food
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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.)
- You Are What You Eat: and Other Mealtime Hazards by Serge Bloch
- Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Ariane Dewey
- My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman
- The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
- Wild Boars Cook by Meg Rosoff
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