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Weekend Links | Picture Books About FOOD

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Food. Who doesn’t love it? Not only do we love to eat it, kids love to read about and books about food can open up a discussion about healthy eating, introduce young readers to other cultures and traditions…or just be fun reads! This week during my online travels I have come across many amazing books and booklists surrounding the yummy topic of FOOD.


Allie from No Time for Flashcards has an excellent list of 18 Picture Books About Food

books about food


Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is about a little Chinese-American boy named Brandon who gets a surprise visit from his grandma from China, Pó Po (婆婆).

While Brandon and Pó Po (婆婆) are making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子), Brandon makes a mess and he and Pó Po (婆婆) have a good laugh! They chat and bond over the experience. Then Brandon eats and eats and eats and makes a surprise at the end that delights the whole family! This story includes some conversational Mandarin Chinese (including Pinyin – pronunciation) and is written the way a real Chinese grandmother and her Chinese-American grandson would speak with each other. It is a fun read for families with children who are learning or are interested in, Mandarin or Chinese culture.

Making noodles from scratch – little hands that cook with books- The Educator’s Spin on It

Noodles from Scratch

 Johnny Appleseed Story & Mini Apple Pie Activity-How to Homeschool My Child.

JOhnny Appleseed Mini Apple Pies

Garden delights also make for good reading. Fantastic Fun and Learning has a great round-up of Vegetable Books 

books about vegtables

I LOVE this “Cookies and Bookies” idea from Growing Book by Book-Start a Cookies and Bookies ritual with your kids.

Here’s a flashback to my very popular Secret Garden Wednesday series.

My book A Year in the Secret Garden is filled with recipes and ideas inspired by the classic book, The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett Hodges.

 Sticky Toffee Pudding

One of my more popular posts in this series was my Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe! Sticky Toffee Pudding is warm, delicious and completely lovely. It’s also something we love to whip up even when it’s NOT cold outside. Give it a try and pretend you are transported back to the times of Mary, Dickon, and Martha. From the book, A Year in the Secret Garden (page 63) Get the full recipe HERE.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee pudding recipe

picture source-Food Network 


Strega Nona Pasta Night

Awhile back, blogger Kara Fleck did a wonderful post about her family’s favorite book and a fun recipe that went with!

Strega Nona is a story about listening, following rules, having respect for others … and it is also a story about magic, kindness, teaching, and sharing.


Reading Strega Nona is a frequent occurrence at our house, and it is only natural that my family and I think of Strega Nona and her magic pasta pot when we have spaghetti dinners. Spaghetti is an easy meal to make and, depending on the type of sauce you use, can either be a quick meal to pull together or a slow, lingering afternoon of preparation as you get the sauce just right.

Either way, preparing a pasta dinner together is a nice excuse for families to spend time in the kitchen.  And, if you know the magic words for your own pasta pot, you can be sure there will be exactly the right amount for every hungry belly at your table. Read Kara’s Sharing “Magic” Pasta post HERE.


Rice & Rocks!

Rice and Rocks

Rice and Rocks by Sandra Richards may sound a little odd, but the book’s title refers to the Jamaican staple rice and peas, a dish Richard’s nephew avoided eating because he thought the peas looked like rocks. The reference serves as the central theme of Rice & Rocks, which follows Giovanni and his magic parrot on a journey around the world to find other places where rice and beans are enjoyed. Young readers travel with Giovanni from Japan to Puerto Rico to New Orleans, returning home just in time for dinner to be served. Sandra has also been one of our returning Author Sponsors for Multicultural Children’s Book Day and you can read more about her and Rice & Rocks HERE.

What sort of deliciousness will you read this weekend?

If you are looking for a fun digital and interactive children’s story inspired by a kids’ classic story, you will love The Ultimate Guide to Charlie out into the World.

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Who is Charlie? The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an interactive, adventure that leads us through the Chocolate Factory with stops along the way to create, laugh, and learn. It reawakens the passion and idea of “jumping” inside the pages of this book with the knowledge that each chapter is a gateway into a magical world. Now available on iTunes, it’s your opportunity to truly experience where art, literature, and technology meet allowing you to feel the story like never before.

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