Great Read Alouds: Good food
Picture books about food are something everyone relates to. These book engage children in the world around them and pique their curiosity. Readers learn about traditional foods other families eat and enjoy. Some books even share recipes to try at home. Let's dig into some of my top picks.
Soul Food Sunday written by Winsome Bingham & illustrated by C. G. Esperanza
"With each step, the narrator gives it his all in a rhythmic, pleasingly repetitive text, and Granny warmly approves. Perfectly suited to be shared with both those of the culture and those looking on." ―Kirkus Reviews
Fry Bread written by Kevin Noble Maillard & illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
“Through the story and the book's beautiful pictures, Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal capture the complexity of native identity.” ―Graham Lee Brewer, NPR
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
The smell of hot thick red stew fills the entire neighborhood with its delicious aroma. Omu welcomes neighbors to enjoy a bowl, and by doing so she has nothing left for herself. The reader notices her generosity, and the unexpected rewards of sharing. This story is also available as a Hoopla video and in Spanish ¡Gracias, Omu!
"A lovely story of giving and community founded in Nigerian culture. Delectable." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Let Me Fix You a Plate by Elizabeth Lilly
"The journey is told on multiple levels across pictures and text that entice readers, like the mouthwatering portrayals of home-cooked meals prepared and served by two extended families and two cultures. Lilly’s loose yet warm illustration style, awash in a rainbow of colors and textures, captures the love in these families. . . . A storytelling feast for the whole family, no matter where you live."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Dinner on Domingos written by Alexandra Katona & illustrated by Claudia Navarro
“Navarro’s joyful illustrations are filled with movement and bright, happy colors, capturing the boisterous reunions in an accessible and humorous way . . . An ebullient celebration of family and the rituals that bring a family together.” –Kirkus Reviews