Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

newThe Seven Silly Eaters
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Harcourt 1997 (40p)
Mrs. Peters has a problem with her seven picky eaters until they solve the problem themselves.
newTina's Diner
by Joann Adinolfi
Simon 1997 (32p)
Dirty dishes pile up in the clogged sink in Tina's Diner while everyone searches for J. P. Pettifog, the best and busiest plumber in town.
Two for Stew
by Laura Numeroff and Barney Saltzberg
Simon 1996 (32p)
In this humorous, rhyming story, a young woman and her poodle have to change their plans when their favorite restaurant is out of its famous stew.
Pie's in the Oven
by Betty G. Birney
Houghton 1996 (32p)
When Grandma bakes a pie, all the neighbors gather to share and the young narrator wonders if there will be any left for him.
This Is the Way We Eat Our Lunch: A Book About Children Around the World
by Edith Baer
(multicultural)
Scholastic 1995 (40p)
Using rhymed couplets, the author takes the reader on a tour of the world to see what other kids eat for lunch. A map is included.

EASY

newChop, Simmer, Season
by Alexa Brandenberg
Harcourt 1997 (32p)
Two young chefs bake bread, toss a salad, and grill fish as they prepare a feast for their guests.
newLet's Eat!
Ana Zamorano
(Multicultural)
Scholastic 1996 (32p)
Each day Antonio's mamá tries to get her extended family to sit down and eat together, but someone is always busy elsewhere.
Chile Fever: A Celebration of Peppers
by Elizabeth King
Dutton 1995 (32p)
This photo essay focuses on the annual chile festival in Hatch, New Mexico, cultural and historical facts about various kinds of peppers, and how peppers are used in cooking.
Saturday Sancocho
by Leyla Torres
(Multicultural)
Farrar 1995 (32p)
With nothing in the kitchen except eggs, Maria Lili wonders how she and her grandparents can make her favorite didh: chicken sancocho. Available in Spanish as El sancocho del sábado.
Olga's Cup and Saucer: A Picture Book with Recipes
by Olga Bravo
Holt 1995 (32p)
Nickel Penny longs to become a baker at Olga's Cup and Saucer, a bakery owned by the author on South Maine Road in Little Compton, Rhode Island. Five recipes are included.
Oliver's Vegetables
by Vivian French
Orchard 1995 (32p)
Oliver, who claims he can eat only french fries, learns to like vegetables while visiting his grandfather, who has a large garden.

AVERAGE

newYunmi and Halmoni's Trip
by Sook Nyul Choi
(Multicultural)
Houghton 1997 (32p)
When Yunmi and her grandmother, Halmoni, travel to Korea, where Halmoni once lived, Yunmi helps prepare the annual family picnic feast.
Harvest Year
by Cris Peterson
Boyds Mills 1996 (32p)
Readers will learn that crops are not harvested just in the fall, but during each month of the year various crops are being harvested somewhere in the United States.
Perfect Pancakes If You Please
by William Wise
Dial 1997 (32p)
King Felix, who loves pancakes, offers his daughter's hand to the man who can make perfect pancakes.
The Peanut Butter Cookbook for Kids
by Judy Ralph and Ray Gompf
Hyperion 1995 (96p)
While learning about the history of the peanut and its nutritional value, kids also learn to make a variety of snacks, main dishes, and desserts featuring this popular food.
Cody Coyote Cooks! A Southwest Cookbook for Kids
by Denise Skrepcinski, Melissa T. Stock, and Lois Bergthold
Tricycle Press 1996 (84p)
This book of recipes with a Southwestern flavor also features stories about the trickster Coyote, as well as craft suggestions and facts about the Southwestern states.
Jalapeño Bagels
by Natasha Wing
(Multicultural)
Atheneum 1996 (32p)
Pablo can't decide what to take to school for International Day, but finally decides on jalapeño bagels from his parents' bakery because they represent both his Mexican and Jewish heritage.
Dinner at Magritte's
by Michael Garland
(Art)
Dutton 1995 (32p)
When young Pierre visits his neighbors, René Magritte, his wife, and their friend Salvidor Dali, he shares a most unusual dinner of Flying Fish Soup and Partridge Pie.
Chato's Kitchen
by Gary Soto
(Multicultural)
Putnam 1995 (32p)
When cool cats Chato and his friend Novio Boy invite a mouse family for dinner, the mice don't realize they are supposed to be dinner.
Carlos and the Cornfield/Carlos y la milpa de maìz
by Jan Romero Stevens
(multicultural)
Northland 1995 (32p)
A sequel toCarlos and the Squash Plant, this is the story of what happens when Carlos is too hasty when planting the cornfield. Text in English and Spanish.
Everybody Bakes Bread
by Norah Doley
(multicultural)
Carolrhoda 1995 (40p) also paper
In this sequel toEverybody Cooks Rice, Carrie searches the neighborhood for a three-handled rolling pin and finds her neighbors baking breads from various countries.
The Magic School Bus® Gets Baked in a Cake: A Book About Kitchen Chemistry
by Joanna Cole
(Social Studies)
Scholastic 1995 (32p) paper
On Ms. Frizzle's birthday, this popular teacher and her class pay an unusual visit to a bakery. Available in Spanish asEl autobús mágico dentro de un pastel.

CHALLENGING

newCooking with Justin: Recipes for Kids (and Parents) by the World's Youngest Chef
by Justin Miller
Andrews and McMeel 1997 (144p) paper
The seven-year-old chef featured frequently on television offers a collection of almost a hundred easy recipes of children's favorite dishes.
Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition
by Sally M. Hunter
(Multicultural)
Lerner 1997 (40p)
Despite living in a large city, twelve-year-old Russell and his family of Winnebago, Creek and Seminole heritage continue the tradition of growing corn.
Food Fight! Poets Join the Fight Against Hunger
edited by Michael Rosen
Harcourt 1996 (56p)
To aid antihunger efforts, thirty-three poets, including Nikki Grimes, Karla Kuskin, Jack Prelutsky, X. J. Kennedy, and Pat Mora about foods, from the common to the exotic.
The Travel-the-World Cookbook
by Pamela Marx
(multicultural)
Good Year Books 1996 (144p) paper
Sixty delicious recipes introduce kids to food from around the world, continent by continent, with addtional information on the continents and their inhabitants.

Now Available in Paperback

Mel's Diner
by Marissa Moss
Troll Medallion
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z
by Lois Ehlert
Harcourt
Aunt Flossie' s Hats (And Crab Cakes Later)
by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Clarion
The Edible Pyramid: Good Eating Every Day
by Loreen Leedy