It’s breakfast time. Enjoy classics like the wordless picture book Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomi DePaola and Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle with your child. Then head to the kitchen to cook up some delicious pancakes.
Next up you may want to have noodles for lunch or supper, so read The Story of Noodles by Ying Chang Compestime and head to the kitchen to make Long-Life Noodles. “It is the custom in China to make big slurping noises while eating noodles. It is believed that the louder the noise, the more delicious the noodles.” Don’t forget to make sure that you and your child are “eating a drumstick,” “sucking a worm” and “cutting the grass.”
When it’s time for dessert make sure to read Three Scoops and a Fig by Sara Lauz Akin. Is Sophia really too little to help? It seems children in the kitchen can cause quite a bit of trouble. But in the end it is Sofia who creates the Fig Tree Sundae for everyone to try.
You might also want to make sure to keep the book Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco ready for a day with rain and thunder. There is nothing better than running to the kitchen during a thunder storm to make this cake recipe. It makes for a fun time during a storm and I can tell you from experience that the recipe is delicious!
Do you wish for more dessert? Read Arroz con Leche –Rice Pudding by Jorge Argueta—a Cooking Poem in Spanish and English.
These are just a few of the books in The Seattle Public Library picture book collection that tell of families and food. Not all of them have recipes but all of them have a family story to tell. Here are a few more titles you will enjoy:
- Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukka by Linda Glaser
- Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
- Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell
- Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park
- To Market to Market by Anne Miranda