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Mixing and measuring, blending and baking -- cooking with kids can be fun! Invite children into the kitchen with stories about food and recipes to prepare. This collection of recommended books for children ages 0-9 represents a mouth-watering combination of culture, humor, and kitchen chaos. Bon appétit!
Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Bunny Cakes

By: Rosemary Wells
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Max and Ruby prepare for Grandma’s birthday as they bake a cake and look for the perfect present in these companion books. The distinct personality of each bunny sibling comes through loud and clear in these humorous stories that introduce important concepts.

Cook-a-Doodle-Doo

By: Janet Stevens, Susan Stevens Crummel
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The Little Red Hen’s grandson, a fine rooster, finds her cookbook and decides to cook up a special treat with the help of some unusual farm animals including a pot-bellied pig and an iguana. Lively language and funny illustrations show how everyone enjoys the fruits of their labor. Their strawberry shortcake recipe is included, so readers can try it, too!

Dim Sum for Everyone

By: Grace Lin
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A Chinese family goes out for dim sum ("little dishes"), choosing their favorites off the restaurant cart and sharing with each other. The illustrations evoke the textures and patterns in this traditional meal, and an endnote provides background on the cultural history and customs surrounding dim sum.

Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup! Recipes for the Kid in Everyone

By: Emeril Lagasse
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The renowned chef and television host demonstrates his characteristic verve in this presentation of recipes and cooking information for kids. With attention to safety and nutrition, Emeril shows that cooking can be a family affair!

Kids' Multicultural Cookbook: Food and Fun Around the World

By: Deanna Cook
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Take a culinary tour around the world, with foods and activities from a variety of countries and cultures. Each recipe is ranked for difficulty, and is sometimes a familiar dish with an exotic name!

Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick

By: Kevin Henkes
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Sheila Rae doesn't want to share her striped peppermint stick with her little sister, Louise, and tries to cook up a way to prevent it. With good humor, both girls come up on top in the end. Fans of Sheila Rae the Brave (1996) will recognize the feisty heroine.

Sometimes It's Turkeys, Sometimes It's Feathers

By: Lorna Balian
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A turkey hatches from a found egg, creating great anticipation by an old woman and her cat. They look forward to a yummy Thanksgiving dinner of roast turkey! The happy ending is as humorous as it is tasty; the friends all gratefully share their vegetarian meal together.

Stone Soup

By: Jon J Muth
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A traditional tale has set in China as three Zen monks come to a remote village where residents are wary of strangers. The villagers gradually add ingredients to the initial soup the monks begin from a stone, building a community feast. Radiant illustrations successfully recast the tale.

The Kids Can Press Jumbo Cookbook

By: Judi Gilles, Jennifer Glossap
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

From soup to desserts, this book introduces the reader to a wide variety of recipes. There is something for the novice as well as the skilled cook – and the adventurous as well as the finicky eater! Information on safety and nutrition are included in this appetizing presentation.

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