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Popcorn, Cupcakes and Cookbooks!

Let’s talk about food! Last weekend, I was eating a yummy BIG bowl of popcorn and started to think about all of the fabulous 2018 children’s books about food.  How can you use these new books in library program or storytime?   

Our winter storytime theme is all about STEAM so I immediately thought of the Science of Food!  Instead of using my old favorites including A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas or Too Many Pears! by Jackie French, I selected a combination of silly and informational new books.  

Have you seen the picture book, Who Eats Orange? by Dianne White with its fabulous goat cover? Below is list of children’s food books perfect to share at storytime or use in a library program. (Explore the full Bibliocommons list here.)

STEAM Food Storytime, School Visits and Programs:
A is for Artichoke: A Foodie Alphabet From Artichoke to Zest by America’s Test Kitchen
Food Fight Fiesta: A Tale of La Tomatina by Tracey Kyle
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
The Cookie Stall (Art) by Jonathan Litton (STEAM stories series)
Hello, Hot Dog by Lily Murray
Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer 
Who Eats Orange? by Dianne White (My favorite storytime book this week!)

Kids Cooking: Students Prepare and Eat Foods from Around the World by George Ancona
Cooking with STEAM by Annette Gulati
Kids Bake: 100+ Sweet and Savory Recipes by Hearst Books
Cooking Step by Step

Library Programs:

My favorite cookbook this year for all ages is Cook with Amber: Fun, Fresh Recipes to Get You in the Kitchen by Amber Kelley.  It’s an engaging cookbook, perfect for tween camps at the library.  Try the Fizzy Fruit or Zucchini Puffs! The Family Meals section provides a wonderful selection of recipes to try at home too.  Bonus: Share one of the videos from her Cook with Amber YouTube channel.

The “What’s the Science?” sections in Jane Bull’s new book, Crafty Science: More than 20 Sensational STEAM Projects for Little Makers to Create at Home is amazing!  The book creates an instant library program with popcorn or cupcakes! Photographs of each step throughout the book guide children on new discoveries.  

What kind of fun are you cooking up in the library?  It might be a make-believe play time in the Early Learning Space, a STEAM program for ages 6-11 or an interactive song about veggies at storytime.  Share your favorite new food-related children’s book in the comments below.


This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: III. Programming Skills and IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.




  1. Debbie Reese


    I read one this week that I am so excited about: Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock. There’s a recipe for bannock in the back matter. The little girl is taking her grandma’s world famous bannock to a relative but in her joy-filled journey it spills out of the basket. Animals help her gather ingredients to make it again. Each animal’s name is in Cree, and it is one of the very few books, I think, that uses a gender neutral pronoun (they)! Magnificent in lots of ways.

    1. Kelly Doolittle

      Debbie, that sounds like an excellent multicultural book, too! We don’t have it in our system, but I will ask about getting it. It sounds perfect for a DIA storytime, too!
      I don’t have a favorite new book about food yet, (so hard to choose! And finding what works best in storytimes for toddlers can be tricky,) but I do love food, and doing storytimes about food. Some of my favorite books to use for these are Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Ills. by Jen Corace; Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper; Mouse Went Out to Get a Snack by Lyn Rossiter McFarland – Ills. by Jim McFarland; Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett, and All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin – Ills. by Valeri Gorbachev. As I’m writing this, it just struck me that Cupcake would be a great book to create a felt board for!
      I’m excited to read Jane Bull’s book mentioned in the post. I like the idea of blending STEAM with storytimes! Thank you for an inspiring post.

      1. Paige

        Thank you! I’m excited to explore Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock and appreciate your book suggestions. Wonderful! So many favorite food books to read at storytimes.

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