Let’s kick off the 10th year of Family Dinner Book Club with great books and food. Yes, our theme for our 10th anniversary is Good Food and Books.
We’ve traveled around the world, built strong character traits, made a difference in the world, and so much more over the past nine years.
This year let’s snuggle in with some fantastic books with a food focus to inspire our dinner book clubs.
Family Dinner Book Club FAQs and Changes
Before we get to the books and topics for each month, let me share a little more about Family Dinner Book Club.
- This year, Jodie and Jazmin will share a book list around a particular topic and highlight one of those books for you to read with your children. We will also include conversation starters you can print and have handy at the dinner table. We will also have links to a themed menu around the featured book. All of the information will be able to be accessed on the Growing Book by Book website.
- Sign up for our special Family Dinner Book Club email to get the links to each part of your dinner. This is the best way to receive the information each month.—->Sign Up Here to Get Your Monthly Email
*Please note that this is a special Family Dinner Book Club list. If you receive the Growing Book by Book newsletter, you will also need to sign up for this newsletter specific to Family Dinner Book Club.
- You read the book with your family and then pick a day to share a meal and discuss the book.
- The book club is geared towards families with children ages 4-8 but is super easy to adapt to younger and older children too.
A Year of Good Food and Books- 2024 Lineup of Topics and Books
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Each month we will have a focus food or food-related theme to our month. We have everything from tea, to cookbooks to dumplings. Best of all, we are going to learn about different cultures. So, let’s get reading and eating.
January is Hot Tea Month so let’s drink lots of hot tea during this typically cold month. Our focus book for the month will be Masala Chai, Fast and Slow by Rajani Larocca. I will also share a complete list of tea books in January.
February: Restaurant and Food Truck Food
Going out to eat is a treat for us and this month I have a treat for you. We will be reading Chinese Menu by Grace Lin. This book is an anthology of myths and legends surrounding your favorite Chinese American foods you get from your favorite restaurant. Look for more books celebrating food truck and restaurant foods in February.
This month we have a nonfiction pick of On the Corner of Chocolate Avenue : How Milton Hershey Brought Milk Chocolate to America Tziporah Cohen. More sweet related books will be coming your way in March.
April: Tastes of Many Cultures
Though all of the book lists for Family Dinner Book Club this year are diverse, we will specifically look at the tastes of different cultures this month. Our focus book will be What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street?: Recipes for Kids From Around the World by Felicita Sala. For even more multicultural reads, check out this list.—>Multicultural Reads That Focus on Food
If you love dumplings, this month is for you! I will have lots of dumpling books to share and our focus book will be Dumplings for Lili by Melissa Iwai.
June: Fruits and Veggies
National Fruit and Vegetable Month is celebrated all of June so let’s read I LOVE Strawberries! by Shannon Anderson. This diary-style book will inspire you to plant your own strawberry patch.
July: Ice Cream and Popsicles
The hot month of July deserves to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. We return to a informational read this month with The Sweetest Scoop: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Revolution by Lisa Robinson. You can also read any (or all) of the sweet cold treats on this list.—> Popsicle and Ice Cream Books for Kids
August: Cookbooks and Chefs
I love to read cookbooks so let’s do that this month. Your kids will enjoy the United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts & Recipes from Every State! by Gabrielle Langholtz. Perhaps you’ll make a dish from your home state for Family Dinner Book Club. Or, you might prefer a cookbook on this list.—> Cookbooks for Kids
Souptember = September. Ladle up a bowl of soup and good books. We’ll be enjoying Okra Stew A Gullah Geechee Family Celebration by Natalie Daise.
This might be my favorite food month. For, it is National Pizza Month. Get ready to learn all sorts of pizza facts in Pizza! A Slice of History by Greg Pizzoli. Or, slice up one of these tasty books.—> Books About Pizza
I did say that pizza month in October may be my favorite. But, November could give that title a running. For November we celebrate National Bread Month. We will be baking up some challah and reading Bubbie & Rivka’s Best-Ever Challah (So Far!) by Sarah Lynne Reul. And, there are a whole lot more doughtastic books coming your way in November too.
December: Family Celebrations
December is a time for celebrations for many. And those celebrations usually center around family and food. We’ll be enjoying Soul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham. Look for more reading picks on this theme in December too.
School and Library Connections for Family Dinner Book Club
If you are an educator, you can even let your families know about Family Dinner Book Club. In fact, many schools and libraries host Family Dinner Book Club events.
I created a letter that you can send home with families introducing the Family Dinner Book Club and inviting families to join in 2024. Click HERE to download, print, and pass out the letter to families.
Print the 2024 Family Dinner Book Club List
Are you ready for this year’s Family Dinner Book Club? Don’t forget to print out the book list HERE.
And, you can shop all of the books using the links above and via my Bookshop list HERE.
I look forward to helping you connect with family through great books!