Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - books for little foodies! 2.20.19

Wednesdays I join Alyson Beecher from kidlitfrenzy and other
#kidlit bloggers to share wonderful nonfiction picture books.
The intention of today's blog post is to give professionals that work in the
education field new nonfiction reading material and ideas to use 
with students to promote a love of reading nonfiction materials.

Oh my, my nonfiction stacks have gotten OUT OF CONTROL!  I really need to read and post.  I'm hoping to have a month worth of new(er) nonfiction to share with you in the upcoming weeks.  Be sure to check back on Wednesdays, here's what's coming:
1.  books for little foodies

2.  picture book biographies featuring men
3.  picture book biographies featuring women, part 1
4.  picture book biographies featuring women, part 2
5.  celebrating baseball - Yogi Berra blog tour
6.  animal nonfiction books, part 1
7.  animal nonfiction books, part 2
8.  the world around us, part 1
9.  the world around us, part 2

For the small foodie in your life, there are some new nonfiction picture books to share!

Pancakes to Parathas by Alice B. McGinty
Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World
written by Alice B. McGinty
illustrated by Tomoko Suzuki
Starting with Australia and ending in the United States, visit 12 different countries and see what the local breakfast fare is for children!  Each country has some really different selections, although kids will recognize some of the foods but it may be cooked with different spices or sides.  For each double layout, on the left side of the page is a basic  introduction of the food and where it is eaten.  There is also a small map of the country and the country's flag.  On the right side is the proper food name with a pronunciation guide.  The food is described in further detail as well as some information about when the children eat the food, how they may get to school, and how weekend food may be different than weekday food.
I appreciated seeing the differences celebrated and the similarities noted.  This would be a fun book to read and have conversations about.

Kids Cooking by George Ancona
Kids Cooking: Students Prepare and Eat Foods from Around the World
by George Ancona
This book details some cooking classes that are held for young children.  Parents are at the class, but the children do the majority of work.  Several classes are spotlighted and each class the young chefs are making a meal that has origins from other countries.  The book shares the different vegetables and spices that are used to create each dish.  The young children even cut the vegetables using butter knives!  The adults cook each meal and then everyone partakes in the eating!  
I loved the photographs and I think it will be powerful for young readers to see other kids making their meals!  I wish there had been headings to give a visual cue that a new meal was being talked about.  
Another fun book to have for your budding chefs!

Happy eating, I mean, reading!


  1. Both sound good and the second one is new to me, Michele. Thanks. My granddaughters love to cook different things, though the youngest is a lot pickier! Everyone has different tastes, I guess.

  2. In the 90s, my kids loved the book Everybody Eats Rice, and this pancake book seems like its successor. I'm excited to share it with my grandchildren. Looking forward to your other book posts, too!

  3. Kids cookbooks are so popular right now.