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Cooking And Food: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about cooking and food?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to cooking and food. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about cooking and food.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about cooking and food can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Pancakes!: An Interactive Recipe Book
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Cook pancakes from scratch inside this interactive recipe book – readers whisk the eggs, flip the pancakes, and more!Step one: mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.Step two: whisk the eggs, milk, and butter.Step three: stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients to make the batter. Simple, straightforward recipe text brings readers through each step of cooking pancakes, while the interactive novelty features, such as pull-tabs, wheels, and a punch-out piece, invite them to participate in the process. Cooking pancakes has never been so satisfying nor so clean! Perfect for young chefs-to-be, or any kid who prefers to ‘do it myself’. This is the first title in a series of interactive recipe books.

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What's Cooking at 10 Garden Street?: Recipes for Kids from Around the World
Written by Felicita Sala
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

This delightfully illustrated children’s cookbook offers a global menu of dishes to share with friends, family, and neighbors. Something delicious is cooking in the old apartment building on Garden Street! Pilar is mixing gazpacho, Monsieur Ping is stir-frying broccoli, Señora Flores is preparing a pot of beans, and Josef and Rafik are rolling meatballs. Other neighbors are making mini-quiches, baba ganoush, dhal, and peanut butter cookies. When they’re all finished cooking everyone gathers in the garden to enjoy a delicious meal and each other’s company. Each inviting spread in this storybook offers a recipe from a different culinary tradition. Dishes that kids love, like guacamole, spaghetti, and banana bread are interspersed with others that include less familiar ingredients, such as mirin, tahini, and turmeric. The recipes explain how each dish is made and come with fun and detailed illustrations. Combining simple, fresh flavors with recipes from around the world, this book will nourish and inspire budding cooks while whetting the appetites of their more experienced helpers.

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With the Fire on High
Written by Elizabeth Acevedo
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 14-18

From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions–doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela.The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free. Plus don’t miss Elizabeth Acevedo’s Clap When You Land!

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Cora Cooks Pancit
Written by & illustrated by Kristi Valiant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when her older sisters and brother head out, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama’s assistant chef. And of all the delicious Filipino dishes that dance through Cora’s head, she and Mama decide to make pancit, her favorite noodle dish.With Mama’s help, Cora does the grown-up jobs like shredding the chicken and soaking the noodles (perhaps Mama won’t notice if she takes a nibble of chicken or sloshes a little water on the floor). Cora even gets to stir the noodles in the pot–carefully– while Mama supervises. When dinner is finally served, her siblings find out that Cora did all their grown-up tasks, and Cora waits anxiously to see what everyone thinks of her cooking.Dorina Lazo Gilmore’s text delightfully captures the warmth between mother and daughter as they share a piece of their Filipino heritage. With bright and charming illustrations by Kristi Valiant, Cora’s family comes alive as Cora herself becomes the family’s newest little chef.

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  • The Donut Chef - When his competitor sets up his business right next door to the first doughnut shop in town, culinary chaos ensues as the original doughnut guru and the newcomer try to outdo one another with their crazy creations, including Gooey Coca-Mocha Silk and Peanut-Brittle Buttermilk.

  • Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet - Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to a colorful variety of vegetables, from asparagus to zucchini. Perfect to read aloud, this vegetable buffet will delight children and parents alike with its yummy vegetable facts and vibrant illustrations. Learning the ABCs has never been so delicious! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet is the first in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

  • Even Aliens Need Snacks - In the follow up to his breakout picture book, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, Matthew McElligott brings back the young monster barber in a new tale where his culinary concoctions bring him galaxy-wide fame. Creating snacks that make most humans queasy, this chef has found a new clientele–aliens. Readers will delight in McElligott’s gently offbeat humor and unique artistry as spaceships full of hilarious creatures line up for a taste of the intergalactic cuisine.

  • Tacos!: An Interactive Recipe Book - For kids who cook in a play kitchen or a real kitchen, this interactive recipe book invites readers to chop the vegetables, mash the avocado, warm the tortillas, and more - all inside the book! Step one: Cut the chicken into cubes and toss it in a bowl with the spices. Step two: Warm oil on a skillet on the stove, then add the chicken. Step three: While the chicken cooks, chop the scallions, slice the radishes, shred the cabbage, mince the cilantro. Simple yet accurate recipe text takes readers through the steps of cooking tacos, while the interactive novelty features such as pull tabs, sliders, wheels, and pop-out pieces invite them to participate in the process. Perfect for kids who love to help in the kitchen, or any child who prefers to “do it myself.” This is the third title in the COOK IN A BOOK series.

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Catch That Cookie!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Solve the riddles to find the runaway gingerbread men in this funny and magical cookie hunt!

Marshall knows one thing for sure, despite what all the stories say: Gingerbread men cannot run. Cookies are for eating, and he can’t wait to eat his after spending all morning baking them with his class. But when it’s time to take the gingerbread men out of the oven . . . they’re gone! Now, to find those rogue cookies, Marshall and his class have to solve a series of rhyming clues. And Marshall just might have to rethink his stance on magic. Catch That Cookie! is an imaginative mystery, deliciously illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Small. It’s sure to inspire a new classroom tradition . . . and maybe even a few new believers!

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1234 Cake!: A Count-And-Bake Book
Written by Caroline Wright & illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Counting to ten and learning to bake is a piece of cake with this cake-themed counting book that features a kid-friendly recipe! Practicing our numbers, starting with one, makes baking a cake even more fun! Little bakers everywhere will love counting all the ingredients and steps that go into baking a cake, and then joining adults in the kitchen to practice measuring, mixing, decorating, and tasting! Featuring catchy, rhyming text, irresistible art, and a kid-friendly cake and icing recipe, this sturdy board book is perfect for story time and snack time. Hungry for more? Check out all the books in the Little Bakers series: Cookie Truck: A Sugar Cookie Shapes BookB Is for Brownies: An ABC Baking Book–coming in January 2022!

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Gorilla Loves Vanilla
Written by Chae Strathie & illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

When five animals dash through the door of the local ice cream shop, they’re looking for the ice cream treat of their dreams. The flavors are wildly imaginative–but everyone else thinks they’re just plain crazy. That is, until Gorilla walks in and asks for the most surprising choice of all.

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Piece of Cake
Written & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Reminiscent of the best of Peter Brown with the charming retro feel of classic Golden Books, A Piece of Cake is a delightful story about generosity, creativity, and improvisation from bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham.Mouse has baked a special treat for Little Bird’s birthday! But delivering it to his friend isn’t easy–not when everyone he meets along the way offers to trade something for a piece of cake. . . . In A Piece of Cake, LeUyen Pham puts a unique spin on a classic tale. Kids will love the unexpected and hilarious turn the story takes. Its strong picture support; story elements, including setting, character, and plot development; and identification of a problem and solution make this a strong Common Core title.Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Thunder Cake
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A loud clap of thunder booms, and rattles the windows of Grandma’s old farmhouse. “This is Thunder Cake baking weather,” calls Grandma, as she and her granddaughter hurry to gather the ingredients around the farm. A real Thunder Cake must reach the oven before the storm arrives. But the list of ingredients is long and not easy to find . . . and the storm is coming closer all the time!

Reaching once again into her rich childhood experience, Patricia Polacco tells the memorable story of how her grandma–her Babushka–helped her overcome her fear of thunder when she was a little girl. Ms. Polacco’s vivid memories of her grandmother’s endearing answer to a child’s fear, accompanied by her bright folk-art illustrations, turn a frightening thunderstorm into an adventure and ultimately . . . a celebration!

Whether the first clap of thunder finds you buried under the bedcovers or happily anticipating the coming storm, Thunder Cake is a story that will bring new meaning and possibility to the excitement of a thunderstorm.

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  • CookieBot! (Harry and Horsie Adventures) - The Problem: Harry and Horsie want cookies, but the jar is way out of reach. The Solution: Build CookieBot—the most amazing cookie-grabbing robot ever! What could go wrong?

  • Little Chef - In honor of the special day, Lizzie wakes up super early, as any good chef should, to prepare the perfect meal for her grandmother, whom Lizzie lauds as the greatest chef in the world.

  • Runaway Tomato - For fans of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs comes an action packed picture book with a sweet surprise. Call in the trucks! When a giant tomato breaks loose at the top of a hill, it takes every tractor, fire engine, and helicopter to stop it. Lincoln Agnew’s cool, vintage cartoon style is a perfect match for the high-octane action told in catchy rhyme, culminating in a jam-packed gate-fold spread of the town’s Tomato Festival. What will happen when it rains on all those giant seeds? One giant surprise.

  • Happy Birthday, Cupcake! - From the creator of Peanut Butter & Cupcake comes a birthday book starring everyone’s favorite dessert! What’s a cupcake to do when she needs to plan her birthday party? In this hilarious, kid-friendly homage to food and birthdays, Cupcake runs through tons of ideas while her best friend, Blueberry Muffin, finds reasons why they won’t work: Soup gets seasick; Donut melts in the sun; someome might get squashed during musical chairs; and Cupcake is not very good at limbo (her icing might get sliced off!). Just as Cupcake is ready to crumble, Blueberry Muffin has one last idea that just might save the day. With laugh-out-loud visual gags (like a band made up of beans–the musical fruit, of course), this book is sure to put a birthday smile on any kid’s face (and on adult faces as well).

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Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake
Written by Michael Kaplan & illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From her first bite, young Betty Bunny likes chocolate cake so much that she claims she will marry it one day, and she has trouble learning to wait patiently until she can have her next taste.

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We're Going to the Farmers' Market
Written & illustrated by Stefan Page
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

In this story, readers get to visit local farmers, fill baskets with fresh fruits and vegetables, and then head home to cook a feast, all with goodies from the farmers’ market! Featuring Stefan Page’s graphic art, this delightful board book is filled with bold splashes of color and unique patterns.

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Baking Day at Grandma's
Written by Anika Denise & illustrated by Christopher Denise
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can’t wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma’s! In a rhyming text that begs to be sung, the bears and their grandma pour and mix and stir-with breaks for hot cocoa and dancing-to create the perfect wintry treat. Then they wrap it up in ribbons to show that sweets are even better when they’re shared. With a recipe in the back, this is a perfect family feel-good story for the fall, winter, and any holiday spent with grandparents.”

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Hole Story of the Doughnut
Written by Pat Miller & illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

In 1843, fourteen-year-old Hanson Gregory left his family home in Rockport, Maine, and set sail as a cabin boy on the schooner Achorn, looking for high-stakes adventure on the high seas. Little did he know that a boatload of hungry sailors, coupled with his knack for creative problem-solving, would yield one of the world’s most prized and beloved pastries. Lively and inventive cut-paper illustrations add a taste of whimsy to this sweet, fact-filled story that includes an extensive bibliography, author’s note, and timeline.

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Emma All Stirred Up!
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Emma needs a break from big-sister duty in this addition to Spotlight’s treat of a tween series. Emma is not thrilled with always having to rearrange her schedule so she can babysit her younger brother, Jake. Now Emma’s parents have broken some news that really threatens to push Emma over the edge–since Emma and Jake are going to the same day camp this summer, she’s expected to sit with Jake on the bus. Not only does this mean Emma can’t hang out with her friends, but she also has to comfort Jake–who has a serious issue with motion sickness. Can Emma find a way to sweeten up her summer plans?

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  • Clara the Chocolate Fairy - Sugar & Spice make everything nice! The Sugar & Spice Fairies’ magic protects sweet treats in both Fairyland and the human world. When mean Jack Frost steals the fairies’ delicious magical items, dessert everywhere takes a sour turn. Clara the Chocolate Fairy’s chocolate charm is missing-now chocolate everywhere has lost its sweet taste. Can Rachel and Kirsty find it, before it’s too late? Find the sugar & spice charm in each book and help save the fairy magic!

  • Katie Just Desserts - Katie finally meets her father in the latest addition to the Cupcake Diaries series. Katie hasn’t seen her father since she was a baby. After so many years apart, her father is trying to make the reunion a happy one, but Katie has a lot of unresolved feelings–and questions. At the same time Katie is trying to come to grips with her biological dad, her mom’s boyfriend tells Katie a secret–he’s going to propose to her mom! Will Katie be able to handle all of the big changes in her life?

  • A Mixture of Mischief - Anna Meriano’s unforgettable family of brujas returns for one more serving of amor, azúcar, and magia, in this breakout series that’s been called charming and delectably sweet. (Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series)It’s spring break in Rose Hill, Texas, but Leo Logroño has a lot of work to do if she’s going to become a full-fledged bruja like the rest of her family.She still hasn’t discovered the true nature of her magical abilities, and that isn’t the only bit of trouble in her life: Her family’s baking heirlooms have begun to go missing, and a new bakery called Honeybees has opened across town, threatening to run Amor y Azúcar right out of business.What’s more, everyone around her seems to have secrets, and none of them want to tell Leo what’s going on.But the biggest secret of all comes when Leo is paid a very surprising visit–by her long-lost Abuelo Logroño. Abuelo promises answers to her most pressing questions and tells Leo he can teach her about her power, about what it takes to survive in a world where threats lurk in the shadows. But can she trust him?

  • Our Little Kitchen - A lively celebration of food and community from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki
     
    Tie on your apron! Roll up your sleeves!
    Pans are out, oven is hot, the kitchen’s all ready!
    Where do we start?
    In this lively, rousing picture book from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki, a crew of resourceful neighbors comes together to prepare a meal for their community. With a garden full of produce, a joyfully chaotic kitchen, and a friendly meal shared at the table, Our Little Kitchen is a celebration of full bellies and looking out for one another. Bonus materials include recipes and an author’s note about the volunteering experience that inspired the book.

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Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda & his Muse
Written by Alexandria Giardino & illustrated by Felicita Sala
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Sad about the subject of a poem he is writing, Pablo Neruda visits his friend Matilde who shows him, through a simple onion, that happiness can be found even through tears. Includes facts about Pablo and Matilde, and Neruda’s Ode to the Onion in Spanish and English.

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Emma Raining Cats and Dogs . . . and Cupcakes!
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When Emma’s little brother loses the neighbor’s dog, the girls must work together to track her down in the latest addition to the Cupcake Diaries series. When the girls bake cupcakes for a big “Adopt a Pet” fundraiser, Emma’s little brother Jake decides he wants to get a puppy! At first it seems like a really sweet idea, especially when Mia says Jake can walk and groom her two dogs to get used to what needs to be done. But when a neighbor goes on vacation and leaves Jake in charge of his four-legged friend and the dog goes missing, the girls realize perhaps Jake is still too young for a pet. Will the girls find the missing pup before her owner returns?

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Tomatoes for Neela
Written by & illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Padma Lakshmi, bestselling author and host of Bravo’s Top Chef and Hulu’s Taste the Nation, and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal team up in this celebration of food and family. “Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of cooking with the women in my family. It is the foundation for all I have spent my life working on.” -Padma Lakshmi Neela loves cooking with her amma and writing down the recipes in her notebook. It makes her feel closer to her paati who lives far away in India. On Saturdays, Neela and Amma go to the green market and today they are buying tomatoes to make Paati’s famous sauce. But first, Neela needs to learn about all the different kinds of tomatoes they can pick from. And as Neela and Amma cook together, they find a way for Paati to share in both the love and the flavors of the day. Bestselling author and host of Bravo’s Top Chef and Hulu’s Taste the Nation Padma Lakshmi takes young readers on an intergenerational journey full of delicious flavors and fun food facts that celebrates a family’s treasured recipes. And Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal brings this circle of women to life with vivid detail and warmth. Tomatoes for Neela lovingly affirms how we can connect to other cultures, as well as to our own, through food.

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Mia in the Mix
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

At Park Street School, you have the Popular Girls. They even have a Popular Girls Club. But what happens when you aren’t invited to join? Do you start an Unpopular Club? No, you start a Cupcake Club! This second book from The Cupcake Diaries is told through the perspective of Mia. Like the other members of the club, readers will get a chance to know the new girl in school. Mia has never had a problem making friends before. Her motto is to be open and friendly with everyone. However, not everyone at Park Street school believes in mixing in with different groups of friends. When the Popular Girls Club takes interest in Mia’s keen fashion sense and decide to recruit her, Mia has to decide between them and the Cupcake Club members. What’s a girl to do?

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The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart
Written by Stephanie Burgis
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

A classic fantasy with terrific girl power (and chocolate), perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Jessica Day George. Aventurine is a brave young dragon ready to explore the world outside of her family’s mountain cave . . . if only they’d let her leave it. Her family thinks she’s too young to fly on her own, but she’s determined to prove them wrong by capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when that human tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, she’s transformed into a puny human without any sharp teeth, fire breath, or claws. Still, she’s the fiercest creature in these mountains–and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate. All she has to do is get to the human city to find herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time . . . won’t she? Praise for Kat, IncorrigibleBank Street Best Books of 2012A Spring 2011 Kids’ Indie Next pick A 2012 ALA/ALSC Notable Children’s Book A Top 40 Pick for the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

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  • The Great Bake Off - Sophie helps her mom make lots of sweets in this fourteenth charming book of The Adventures of Sophie Mouse series! When Sophie helps her mom bake all sorts of sweets, they realize there’s plenty to share with the nearby village. Can they find their way there before the sweets go bad? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Adventures of Sophie Mouse chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  • All You Knead Is Love - Tanya Guerrero’s All You Knead Is Love is a contemporary middle grade coming-of-age novel about a twelve-year-old multiracial Filipino and Spanish girl who goes to live with her grandmother for the summer, gaining confidence through a newly discovered passion for baking, perfect for fans of Hello, Universe and Merci Suarez Changes Gears. Sometimes you find home where you least expect it. Twelve-year-old Alba doesn’t want to live with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona. She wants to stay with her mom, even if that means enduring her dad’s cutting comments to them both. But in her new home, Alba forms a close relationship with her grandmother, gains a supportive father figure and new friends, and even discovers a passion and talent for baking. And through getting to know the city her mother used to call home, Alba starts to understand her mother better–and may just be able to make their family whole again.

  • Mia the Way the Cupcake Crumbles - Mia learns that you have to make your own luck–rather than rely on fun trinkets–in the latest addition to the Cupcake Diaries series. Mia is having a truly terrible week. So far she’s failed a pop quiz, ruined a batch of cupcakes, and even dropped some icing on her favorite shirt! But her cousins from Puerto Rico are coming to visit, so Mia has something to look forward to–and they even bring her a little lucky charm as a gift! When Mia’s luck immediately turns around, she’s convinced that her lucky charm really does have magic powers. But what will she do when her bad luck returns?

  • Baby Cakes - The fifth book in a delicious new series by New York Times bestselling author Sheryl Berk and her cupcake-obsessed daughter, Carrie.From only child to big sister–Delaney needs a crash course in Baby 101!New cupcake club member Delaney is shocked to find out her mom is expecting twins! When her parents first tell her, the practical joker thinks they must be pulling her leg. For 10 years she’s had her parents–and her room–all to herself. She LIKED being an only child. But now she’s going to be a big sis.The girls for Peace, Love, and Cupcakes get together to bake cupcakes and discover Delaney is worried about what kind of big sister she will be. She’s never even babysat before! But her cupcake club friends tally to her side for a crash course in Baby 101.Includes recipes and tips to try at home!A sweet read.–Time for Kids praise for Recipe for Trouble

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Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Celebrating 25 years of vegetarian recipes and called the gold standard for chidren’s cookbooks by the New York Times, Pretend Soup, by celebrated Moosewood chef Mollie Katzen, offers children and families easy recipes for healthy, fun, and delicious food. Mollie Katzen, renowned author of The Moosewood Cookbook, and educator Ann Henderson bring the grown-up world of real cooking to a child’s level. Children as young as three years old and as old as eight become head chef while an adult serves as guide and helper. Extensively classroom- and home-tested, these recipes are designed to inspire an early appreciation for creative, wholesome food. Whimsical watercolor critters and pictorial versions of each recipe will help the young cook understand and delight in the process. Just consider all that can be explored in the kitchen: counting, reading readiness, science awareness, self-confidence, patience, and, importantly, food literacy. Pizza, after all, does not come “from a telephone.” You and your child can have great fun finding this out!

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A Place at the Table
Written by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

A timely, accessible, and beautifully written story exploring themes of food, friendship, family and what it means to belong, featuring sixth graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl taking a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara’s mom. Sixth graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different. Sara is at a new school that is completely unlike the small Islamic school she used to attend. Elizabeth has her own problems: her British mum has been struggling with depression. The girls meet in an after-school South Asian cooking class, which Elizabeth takes because her mom has stopped cooking, and which Sara, who hates to cook, is forced to attend because her mother is the teacher. The girls form a shaky alliance that gradually deepens, and they make plans to create the most amazing, mouth-watering cross-cultural dish together and win a spot on a local food show. They make good cooking partners . . . but can they learn to trust each other enough to become true friends?

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You Can't Drink a Meatball Through a Straw
Written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Find out what Hank cooks up in the seventh book of the series! Hank is nothing like his cousin Judith Ann. When she comes to stay with the Zipzer family while taking part in a junior chef competition, she gives off an air of perfection. She’s an excellent cook, and doesn’t let Hank forget it, either. But when Hank enters the competition, too, he finds out that he and Judith Ann have more in common than he thinks–and it’s not cooking!

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Emma on Thin Icing
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When Mia asks the girls in the club to be junior bridesmaids in her mother’s wedding, everyone is superexcited about the idea…especially when they find the perfect dress for the occasion! It’s Emma’s dream dress, except it’s a little more than she expected. And with her mom now out of a job (she’s been put on furlough at the library) there’s not a lot of room at the Taylor’s house for extras. But not wanting to disappoint her friends, Emma decides to take on a few more jobs and chores around the house to help cover the cost. Between babysitting her bratty brother, a dog-walking business, flute practice, the Cupcake Club–and oh yeah, being a typical tween girl–Emma may have bitten off more than she can chew. Can she handle it all?

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Katie and the Cupcake Cure
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The Cupcake Club gets its start in this first book of a sweet treat of a series! Katie Brown is miserable when her best friend is invited to join the Popular Girls Club and Katie is left out. Is there an Unpopular Girls Club she can join? Fortunately, Katie finds her way with a great new group of friends–Mia, Emma, and Alexis–and together they form the Cupcake Club. Sometimes starting from scratch turns out to be the icing on the cupcake!

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  • Sardines of Love - “Grandmother Lola hates sardines, but Grandfather Lolo loves them. He eats them every day. When she runs out of sardines one day, Lola can’t bear to think of Lolo going hungry. She decides to go fishing –with unexpected results. What on earth will Lola eat when she discovers that sardines are the only food on offer? And what will Lolo do when he finds out that his beloved Lola is missing?”–Dust jacket flap.

  • Heat Is On - The competition heats up in episode two of this zesty series for fans of kids’ cooking competitions! With this episode’s theme of family and tradition, from a diner challenge to a quinceañera to the farmer’s market, the junior chefs will have to sauté their way through the chewiest challenges yet. They’re the best in the nation, but can they handle the twists and turnovers week two has in store, on- and off-camera? Which junior chefs can stand the heat? And which one will need to get out of the kitchen? We are one episode closer to discovering just who will earn the title of Next Best Junior Chef. Bonus: Includes real cooking techniques for the aspiring young chef!

  • Stir Crack Whisk Bake: A Little Book about Little Cakes - The perfect Easter basket stuffer! An adorable new board book for the littlest of foodies, from the creators of the most-watched cooking show, America’s Test Kitchen, and #1 New York Times bestselling kids cookbook, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs. Help your little one experience the magic of baking without leaving the comfort of their own home.Today is a special day because we’re going to make something together!From gathering ingredients to pouring batter to swirling on frosting, little ones will experience the magic of baking cupcakes without leaving the comfort of their bedroom in this first kids baking book. Using an interactive storytelling style, Stir Crack Whisk Bake lets the tiniest chefs be in charge!In the same vein of interactive books for toddlers including Don’t Push the Button and Tap the Magic Tree, kids can magically crack eggs or whisk ingredients together, simply with a swirl of their fingertips! Perfect for little ones who enjoy Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert and want a more interactive board book cooking experience.

  • Alexis the Icing on the Cupcake - The Cupcake Club is thrilled to serve their sweets at a huge party–but can Alexis get over her growing pains before she sees her crush? Alexis is excited about the latest Cupcake Club job–it’s a huge order for a neighbor’s BBQ/pool party. Not only will the CC make a lot of money, but Matt–Alexis’s super crush–will be there! But when Alexis goes to the mall with her friends, suddenly nothing fits her. Clothes in her usual size are too short, but when she goes up a size, everything is too big. What’s going on? Can she find an outfit that makes her feel as awesome on the outside as she is on the inside?

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Emma's Not-So-Sweet Dilemma
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Emma loses an important modeling job due to an injury she got while playing with her brothers. How will she pay for the beautiful holiday presents she planned for her family and friends? Emma is playing ball with her brothers on an unusually warm winter afternoon. But an errant toss from her brother Matt hits her right on the nose! Luckily, it’s nothing more serious than a little swelling, but it’s enough to make her lose an important modeling job at The Special Day salon. Mona hires “mean girl” Olivia Allen to fill in. Olivia is thrilled, not only for the job, but also for a chance to spread some nasty rumors about Emma. Worst of all, now Emma can’t afford the beautiful holiday gifts she planned to buy her family and friends. Emma’s Cupcake Club pals remind her that the best gifts come from the heart, and don’t have a price tag.

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Thing about Bees: A Love Letter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A LOVE POEM FROM A FATHER TO HIS TWO SONS, AND A TRIBUTE TO THE BEES THAT POLLINATE THE FOODS WE LOVE TO EAT. “Sometimes bees can be a bit rude. They fly in your face and prance on your food.” And yet… without bees, we might not have strawberries for shortcakes or avocados for tacos! Shabazz Larkin’s The Thing About Bees is a Norman Rockwell-inspired Sunday in the park, a love poem from a father to his two sons, and a tribute to the bees that pollinate the foods we love to eat. Children are introduced to different kinds of bees, “how not to get stung,” and how the things we fear are often things we don’t fully understand. Shabazz Larkin made his picture book illustration debut with Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, followed by his author/illustrator debut with A Moose Boosh: A Few Choice Words About Food, both named American Library Association Notable Children’s Books. He is a multi-disciplinary artist and an advertising creative director. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two sons. SHABAZZLARKIN.COM.

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Katie Cupcakes and Wedding Bells
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Katie is unpleasantly surprised to find out her family is moving into a new house after her mom’s wedding in the latest addition to the Cupcake Diaries series. Katie’s mom is getting married! Katie and her three best friends couldn’t be happier and have so much fun pitching in with getting ready for the big day–especially with cake testing! But when Katie finds out her mom’s marriage means her family has to move, suddenly the wedding isn’t as joyous an occasion. What will life be like in a new home with a new family?

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Gazpacho for Nacho
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Nacho likes to eat only one thing–gazpacho! Gazpacho for breakfast, gazpacho for lunch, gazpacho for dinner, for snacks, and for brunch. Nacho won’t even try other dishes–until he discovers miles and piles of mouthwatering vegetables at the market. This lively rhyming story, sprinkled with Spanish, will delight little chefs. A recipe for Gazpacho and a Spanish glossary are included.

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Madeline the Cookie Fairy
Written by Daisy Meadows
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Sugar & Spice make everything nice! The Sugar & Spice Fairies’ magic protects sweet treats in both Fairyland and the human world. When mean Jack Frost steals the fairies’ delicious magical items, dessert everywhere takes a sour turn. When Madeline the Cookie Fairy’s charm goes missing, cookies everywhere start to crumble. Will Rachel and Kirsty find Madeline’s magic? Find the sugar & spice charm in each book and help save the fairy magic!

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