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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Here are a few more books to add to the list.
Dumpling Dreams by Carrie Clickard is the story of chef Joyce Chen. The book has lots of yummy recipe variations at the end.
Recipe included: Dumplings
Usher in fall with Time for Cranberries by Lisl H. Detlefsen which show how cranberries are harvested.
Recipe included: Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry Pie
Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed shares the process of who daal is made.
Recipe included: Daal
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?