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Books About Food

Books About Food

Is your child interested in food? PGTPL has a great collection of cookbooks, but we also have other interesting books about food that you and your child might enjoy.  

Books to Try

Pizza, Peanut Butter, and Pickles. Part of the My Weird School Fast Facts series by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot. Think fast with A.J. and Andrea from My Weird School! Did you know that the biggest chocolate bar weighed over 12,000 pounds? Did you know that you can stop yourself from crying while chopping onions by holding a slice of bread in your mouth? This highly illustrated series of nonfiction books features hundreds of hysterical facts, plus lots of photos and illustrations. 

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? One of the best parts of a young child’s day is opening a lunchbox and diving in. But how did that delicious food get there? From planting wheat to mixing dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Health tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu. Back matter includes an index.

Foods of the World by Libby Walden, illustrated by Jocelyn Kao. Delve into kitchens around the globe and sample a vast array of culinary delights with this beautifully illustrated book. Uncover tasty treats, unique utensils, and fascinating food facts as you experience the diversity of food from around the world. 

How Food Gets from Farms to Store Shelves by Erika L. Shores and Nancy Grugens-Schuck. Explains the journey milk and grains take from farms to store shelves, a good conversation starter about how the food we buy gets on store shelves.

Rah, Rah, Radishes by April Pulley Sayre. This fun book encourages eating a variety of foods with photographs of vegetables and rhyming text celebrating vegetables in all their colorful and tasty variety.

Where Does Food Come From?

To many children, food is something that magically appears on shelves. Talk about food with your child. Pick something they like, then find out and talk about how it is made. For example, if your child loves peanut butter, talk about how peanut butter starts with peanuts grown underground in a field. Watch a video about how peanut butter is made, try a bag of unshelled peanuts, learn more about peanuts. Children learn by being curious about the world!