Books to Inspire Cooking with Children

This list of 10 books for kids is part of 5th Annual Picture Book 10 for 10 hosted by Reflect and Refine:  Building a Learning Community  .  The purpose is for bloggers and others to share their top ten favorite picture books.   I’m happy to participate and share with everyone my top 10 favorite books to inspire cooking with children.

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10 Books About Cooking with Children

1.  Cook-A-Doodle-Doo

If you love the story of The Little Red Hen, then you are sure to enjoy this version too.  In Cook-A-Doodle-Doo,  Rooster pulls out his Great Granny’s cookbook and finds a yummy recipe for strawberry shortcake.  He then finds some friends- Turtle, Iguana and Potbellied Pig to help him create the dessert.  Well, lots of mistakes and learning along the way finally result in a yummy strawberry delight.

The sidebars of the book include lots of useful cooking information for added discussion and learning.  Cook-A-Doodle-Doo was one of our Family Dinner Book Club selections this year.

Recipe Included:  Strawberry Shortcake

2. Bee Bim Bop

Bee Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park is one of our all time favorite books to read-aloud.  It’s the story of a family who is busy preparing a yummy Korean dinner of Bee Bim Bop.  The book is full of rhyme and rhythm.  The recipe that is included in the book is also a favorite too!

Recipe Included:  Bee Bim Bop

3.  Thunder Cake

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco is the story of a young girl on a farm who is a bit scared about the approaching storm.  The grandmother helps to distract the young girl by taking her to gather ingredients needed to make a special cake.  You won’t want to miss the secret ingredient in this cake!

Recipe Included:  Thunder Cake

4.  Rainbow Stew

Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell is a beautiful multi-cultural title about a grandfather who takes his grandchildren out to the garden on a wet summer day to pick vegetables.    The colorful bounty is turned into a wonderful stew.

Don’t miss other soup books and recipes that we have featured.

Recipe Included:  Vegetable Stew

5.  How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman is a journey across the world to collect the ingredients and tools needed to create a scrumptious pie.  The book does contain a recipe for apple pie, but you might want to try my mom’s apple pie recipe too.  I included kid easy steps!  This is a perfect book for reading after an apple picking trip.

Recipe Included:  Apple Pie

6.  Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles by Shan-Shan Chen is a 2014 release.  Check out my recent review of Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles that I did for Jump Into a Book.  And, if you are reading this in August of 2014, head here to enter the birthday package giveaway that includes an autographed copy of this book!

Recipe Included:  Lucky Birthday Noodles

7.  Extra Cheese, Please!

Extra Cheese, Please! by Cris Peterson is the journey of mozzarella cheese from cow to pizza.  Of course if you live in St. Louis the cheese of choice on pizza is provel!  I like that this book includes photographs to help depict all the steps.

Recipe Included:  Pizza

8.  Jalapeno Bagels

Jalapeno Bagels by Natasha Wing tells the story of a young boy who is trying to decide what to bring for International Day at school.  He decides on an item that blends his father’s Jewish background with his mother’s Mexican background.

Recipe Included:  Jalapeno Bagels

9.  Pancakes, Pancakes!

Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle is a perfect read for one of my favorite breakfast foods.  There are lots of books about pancakes.  In fact, that could be a whole book list on its own.  But, I’m partial to Carle’s story.

Recipe Included: Pancakes

10.  Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie by Kathleen Lindsay is the story of a family that problem solves during a drought.  They save the only crop left- sweet potatoes and create pies for the Harvest celebration.

Recipe included:  Sweet Potato Pie

For more  books about food, check out my Yummy Stories for Kids Pinterest board.

Don’t miss my past 10 for 10 lists:  10 Mentor Texts to Use For Modeling Writing (one of my post popular posts ever) and 10 Great Illustrated Books for Budding Illustrators.

It’s always fun to be part of the 10 for 10 event!


What is your favorite book about food?

Teaching Kids Illustration Through Books (10 for 10)

Every budding illustrator would benefit from studying illustrations in some great picture books!  Today, I’m highlighting 10 of my favorite illustrated children’s books that would be perfect for teaching kids about illustrating.  This list of 10 books is part of 4th Annual Picture Book 10 for 10 hosted by Reflect and Refine:  Building a Learning Community  .  The purpose is for bloggers and others to share their top ten favorite picture books.   I’m happy to participate and share with everyone my top 10 favorite illustrated books to use when teaching kids about illustrating.

10 Great Books to help kids learn about different ways to illustrate!

Let’s start the list off with a book that helps us find our creative spirit.  The Dot by Peter Reynolds is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.  In fact, International Dot Day is September 15th!  Reynolds uses watercolors and ink to create the images for this book.  Here is a clip of Peter talking about how to inspire kids to illustrate!  I love his ideas!

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert is probably my favorite Ehlert book.  Ehlert uses collage to create her illustrations.  At the end of the book you will find photographs of many of the items (buttons, string, etc.) she used to create the pictures.


The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle is a classic.  Carle paints on paper and then cuts the works into pieces and collages them to create his illustrations.   For more ideas on Eric Carle’s work, you can see the author profile I wrote along with a video-clip here.

the very busy spider

A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin Stead is not only beautifully illustrated, but is a great story of friendship.  Stead uses woodblock-printing techniques to create her images.

a sick day for amos mcgee

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger received a 2013 Caldecott Honor.  The author/illustrator uses acrylic and die cuts to illustrate this stunning book.  This would be a great challenge for a young illustrator.  Here is a look at the book.

Tuesday by David Weisner is a beautiful picture book that shows you don’t need words to tell a story.  Weisner’s award-winning illustrations are created with watercolors.


Salina Yoon’s illustrations are full of moving parts.  A basic lift-the-flap would be an easy starting point for budding illustrators.  For that reason, I’m picking Apples, Apples to feature.  This happens to be one of my son’s favorites and timely for this time of year.  However, any of her books would be great models for moving parts when illustrating.

appples apples

Flo and Wendell by William Wegman is an interesting mix of mediums.  Wegman paints on photographs to create the illustrations.  How fun would that be to do with kids?  Here is a video-clip of Wegman talking about the illustrating technique in this new book (due out September 2013).

Mo Willems is a wildly popular cartoonist.  It’s hard to just pick one of his books!  I’ll go with another favorite of my kid’s favorites- The Duckling Get’s a Cookie!? Also, don’t miss a great interview with Al Roker on Today Show in which the author talks about his work and draws!

the duckling gets a cookie

My final choice is Shel Silverstein’s drawings from Where the Sidewalk Ends.  Yes kids, not all illustrating has to be done in color.

where the sidewalk ends

How fun would it be to study each book with children and then try to emulate the work of each illustrator.  Think of all the different mediums we could expose to our young illustrators.  Do you have a favorite illustrator?  Please share your ideas in the comments below.

Now that you have all these great illustrating ideas, why not participate in a Kids Art Exchange!  It’s a way for you to send your child’s art to someone else and receive art from other kids too.  To sign up, visit Hands On As We Grow for all the details!

Would you like to see my top ten list from 2012?  It was one of my post popular posts ever!

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