Picture Book Month: Food

Using the Picture Book Month Calendar, I am going to post five favorite picture books of mine for each day of November. Today’s theme is food.

It seems appropriate that food and cooking came up for Picture Book Month the day before Thanksgiving (at least here in the United States). Food is important in many folk and fairy tales including The Princess and the Pea, Hansel and Gretel, the Little Red Hen, the Gingerbread Man, and Stone Soup for starters.

Food is found in many other picture books. Sometimes the food is in the setting, such as a restaurant. Sometimes it is a job to be done like the pizza’s made in Max Spaniel’s Funny Lunch. Food can also cause danger, such as in Alice in Wonderland. Sometimes food can even be the characters!

1. Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. Don’t mess with the pasta pot!

2. Tumbleweed Stew by Susan Stevens Crummel. This variation on Stone Soup was included in first grade’s old reading anthology. I liked the old west twist on the story.

3. How Are You Peeling by Saxton Freyman. This book of feelings is illustrated with photos of different kinds of food sculpted into different emotional faces. The art is impressive and it’d be great for an elementary classroom.

4. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. The classic on not wanting to try a new food.

5. A Soup Opera by Jim Gill. Some public librarians performed this at a program at my old school. It is fantastic as reader’s theater.

One title many of my younger students enjoy that has food in it is Kann’s Pinkalicious.

I’m excited to see what my students think of the selection of food picture books and cookbooks waiting for them on display this morning.

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