Bella’s Recipe for Success

English & Spanish 4-8 years Latinx Families Perseverance Cooking Intergenerational Stories Hobbies Social-Emotional Learning Ana Siqueira & Geraldine Rodríguez summary Have I cried because a cake overflowed in my oven while baking? Sure have. And then I went to the grocery store at 11pm for more eggs so I could make it again. The point…

Salma the Syrian Chef

English & Arabic 4-8 years Immigration Refugee Stories Community Chosen Family Cooking Danny Ramadan & Anna Bron Summary: For #TheFictionFeast this month, I wanted to highlight a book that hits a lot of important details that I look for in a story. Main character Salma from Salma the Syrian Chef looks to a mixed refugee…

Feeling a bit WILD today…

English 10 years & up Outdoor Skills Sustainability Girls Outdoors Foraging Cooking Environmentalism Various, see each book. Do you ever just wake up one morning and feel like you can’t do society that day? A yearning to sit in the forest and stare into a hazy fire while something delicious finishes cooking? A desire to…go…

#SweetsAndSocialJustice: Lizzie Demands A Seat!

Written & Illustrated by:  Beth Anderson & E.B. Lewis Kids Can Cook was illustrated by Esther Coombs For ages: 6 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Racism Activism Sweets and Social Justice Bravery Courage Cooking   Summary:  Lizzie Demands a Seat!: This story is amazing, and especially so because it’s true! Elizabeth Jennings…

The Worldwide Forager

Written By: Roger Phillips For Ages: MG & Up Language: English Topics Covered: Food, Foraging, Pint-Sized Professor, Environmental Sustainability. Summary: This book is a wealth of information, written by well-known British fungi expert Roger Phillips. The book is divided into 4 sections to mimic the seasons, and includes tons of gorgeous photos and recipes for…

Thukpa for All

Written by: Praba Ram & Sheela Preuitt Illustrated by: Shilpa Ranade For ages: 4-8 years Language: English & some Tibetan  Topics Covered: Friendship, Community, Disability, Cooking, Family, Global Community, Problem-Solving, Tibet, Ladakh Region. Summary: Tsering, our main character, is walking home.  He is excited to eat some delicious thukpa, a hearty and spicy soup.  Tsering is blind, and moves a white stick…

Around the Table that Grandad Built

Written by: Melanie Heuiser Hill Illustrated by: Jaime Kim For ages: 3-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Family, Cooking, Cultural Identity, Traditions. Summary: This is a very sweet book about the preparations of a large family dinner.  Each piece of the meal, starting with the table that grandad built, tells a story of significance and family meaning.  The kids busily set…

grandpa cacao: a tale of chocolate, from farm to family

summary:  This story follows tangential plot-lines of a little girl making her favorite chocolate birthday cake recipe for herself, and also learning about her grandfather who is a farmer, owning a cacao farm.  The book is set up to show the parallels between the main character and her grandfather, because they have never met.  As…

Tea Cakes for Tosh

Written by: Kelly Starling Lyons Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis For ages: 6-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, Dementia, Slavery, Love, Cooking, History, African-American Culture & Traditions.  Summary: This book is about the relationship between a grandmother and her grandson, Tosh. His favorite thing to do is make tea cakes with his grandmother and listen to her stories. Tosh’s grandma…