Reading Adventure Pack: Cooking

Reading Adventure Pack: Cooking

Go on a "cooking" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books. (Level: First or Second Grade)

Explore cooking and baking!


The featured books are Easy as Pie by Cari Best and the nonfiction book How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth. Easy as Pie tells the story a young boy, Jacob, who sets out to bake a peach pie to celebrate his parents' anniversary. Jacob is inspired by television personality Chef Monty who blends into his recipes great lessons for life. How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? illustrates the path food travels from the farm, to the market, to our homes, and finally, to our plates at home and in lunchboxes for school. Understanding "where our food comes from" can encourage healthier food choices.

Get the books

The featured books were chosen for their quality and availability in most school and public libraries. However, if you would like to purchase the books, here are the links:

Easy as Pie

Easy as Pie by Cari Best

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth

What's in the reading adventure pack?

  • Parent information sheet with an introductory note that teachers can personalize, instructions about how to use the packet, and tips for sharing fiction and nonfiction books with children
  • Two books: one fiction and one nonfiction, selected by Reading Rockets for high quality and wide availability in school libraries
  • Creativity Activity: a hands-on craft project
  • Imagination Activity: encourages imaginative play, writing, or drawing
  • Get Real Activity: focuses on real-world experiences for parent and child
  • Bookmark: lists the featured titles and alternative titles
  • Parent survey

While designed as a school-to-home project, reading adventure packs are also great for summer programs, after-school programs, and home-schoolers.

Interested in more reading adventures?

Browse our full library of reading adventure packs. For additional information about the benefits of reading and engaging in activities with children, read our article: Reading Adventure Packs: A School-to-Home Project.

Reading Rockets (2011)


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