Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Pass the Fritters, Critters
by Cheryl Chapman
Four Winds 1993 (40p)
None of the critters will pass the fritters till they hear the magic word: “please.”
Tasting Things
by Alan Fowler
Childrens 1992 (32p)
A Simple Science book explains one of the most important senses. Available in Spanish asEl gusto de las cosas.
Green Corn Tamales/Tamales de elote
by Gina Rodríguez
(Multicultural)
Hispanic Books 1994 (36p)
A Hispanic American family gathers every year at their nana's to make tamales.
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z
by Lois Ehlert
(Multicultural)
Harcourt 1989 (32p)
Different fruits or vegetables, many unusual, are pictured for each letter of the alphabet.
The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story
by Joseph Bruchac
(Multicultural)
Dial 1993 (32p)
Delicious strawberries prompt the first man and woman to make peace after a quarrel.
A Chef
by Douglas Florian
Greenwillow 1991 (32p)
An informative, step-by-step description of a chef's day.

EASY

Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake
by Cynthia Rylant
Harcourt 1994 (44p); also paper
Mr. Putter and his cat bake a Christmas fruitcake for their neighbor.
Stone Soup
by Marcia Brown
Scribner's 1947 (48p); Aladdin 1986 paper
A favorite classic. Available in Spanish asSopa de piedras.
The Popcorn Book
by Tomie dePaola
Holiday 1993 (28p)
Tony and Tim give a brief history of popcorn. Available in Spanish asEl libro de las palomitas de maíz.
Little Nino's Pizzeria
by Karen Barbour
Harcourt 1987 (32p); Voyager 1990 paper
After their pizza business expands, Tony's family learns that bigger is not always better.
Seven Loaves of Bread
by Ferida Wolff
Tambourine 1993 (32p)
When Milly gets sick and Rose does the baking, the entire farm starts to go hungry.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
by Marjorie Priceman
(Multicultural)
Knopf 1994 (32p)
A closed market doesn't daunt a girl determined to find the ingredients for apple pie.
May'naise Sandwiches & Sunshine Tea
by Sandra Belton
(Multicultural)
Four Winds 1994 (32p)
Big Mama shares with her granddaughter memories of a special lunch she shared with a friend when she was a girl.
Goody O'Grumpity
by Carol Ryrie Brink
North-South 1994 (32p)
When Goody O'Grumpity bakes her spice cake, all the children come running to have a taste.
Mel's Diner
by Marissa Moss
(Multicultural)
Bridgewater 1994
Mabel, who loves helping out in her parents' diner, wants to have her own diner when she grows up.

AVERAGE

Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)
by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
(Multicultural)
Clarion 1991 (32p)
Sara and Susan's visits to Aunt Flossie end with delicious crab cakes.
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper
by David A. Adler
Puffin 1992 (64p)
Cam is sure she knows who stole the corn popper from the department store.
The Edible Pyramid: Good Eating Every Day
by Loreen Leedy
(Science/Health)
Holiday 1994
Learn the right things to eat at a restaurant called The Edible Pyramid.
Sunday Potatoes, Monday Potatoes
by Vicky Schiefman
Simon 1994 (40p)
Plain old potatoes every day and then on Sunday -- potato pudding! Recipe included.
Peas and Honey: Recipes for Kids (With a Pinch of Poetry)
by Kimberly Colen
Boyds Mills 1995
Simple recipes, plus poems by Jack Prelutsky, Aileen Fisher, and others.
The Rajah's Rice: A Mathematical Folktale from India
by David Barry
(Multicultural)
Freeman 1994 (32p)
Chandra outwits the Rajah by using her math knowledge.
The Rattlebang Picnic
by Margaret Mahy
Dial 1994 (32p) When the McTavish family runs into trouble, Granny's rock-hard pizza gets them out of a jam.
What's Cooking, Jenny Archer?
by Ellen Conford
Little 1989; also paper
Jenny whips up trouble when she starts a catering business.
Latkes and Applesauce
by Fran Manushkin
Scholastic 1990 (32p); also paper
A blizzard ruins a poor family's apples and potatoes, but not their celebration of Hanukkah.
How Pizza Came to Queens
by Dayal Kaur Khalsa
Crown 1989 (32p)
When Mrs. Pellegrino visits from Italy, she brings along a delicious new recipe.
Dumpling Soup
by Jama Kim Rattigan
(Multicultural)
Little 1993 (32p)
Every New Year's Eve, Marisa's family gathers at Grandma's for dumpling soup.
Oh, How Waffle! Riddles You Can Eat
by Judith Matthews and Ray Robinson
Holiday 1992 (32p)
Delicious puns and wordplay abound in the book of food riddles.
Carlos and the Squash Plant/Carlos y la planta calabaza
by Jan Romero Stevens
(Multicultural)
Northland 1993 (32p)
After ignoring his mother's warnings about washing, Carlos finds a squash plant growing from his ear. In English and Spanish.
Bamboo Hats and a Rice Cake
by Ann Tompert
(Multicultural)
Crown 1993 (32p)
A poor couple sells a kimono to buy the traditional good luck rice cake.
Siggy's Spaghetti Works
by Peggy Thomson
Tambourine 1993 (32p)
Children tour a spaghetti factory and learn the history of spaghetti and how it's made.
Roses Sing on New Snow
by Paul Yee
(Multicultural)
Macmillan 1992 (32p)
Maylin finally receives recognition for cooking in her father's restaurant.
Chocolate by Hershey
by Betty Furford
(Social Studies)
Carolrhoda 1994 (64p)
A biography about the man who invented the famous Hershey bar.
Foods We Eat series
by various authors
(Science/Health)
Carolrhoda 1989 -- 1990 (32p)
Each book covers a different food, its cultivation, and nutritional values.
Cranberries: Fruit of the Bog
by Diane L. Burns
(Social Studies)
Carolrhoda 1994 (48p)
Children learn where and how cranberries are grown in the story of cranberry farming in Wisconsin.
Corn Belt Harvest
by Raymond Bial
(Social Studies)
Houghton 1991 (48p)
The planting, cultivation, and harvesting of corn is traced through the seasons.
The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering
by Gordon Regguinti
(Multicultural)
Lerner 1992 (48p); also paper
A young Ojibway boy goes to his first wild rice harvest with his father.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition
by Russell M. Peters
(Multicultural)
Lerner 1992 (48p); also paper
Steven, a Mashpee Wampanoag, hosts a clambake for his friends and relatives.
The Pizza Mystery
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Whitman 1993 (128p); also paper
In this Boxcar Children mystery, someone is trying to put Piccolo's Pizzeria out of business.
Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners
by Lucille R. Penner
(Social Studies)
Macmillan 1991
A look at the household life of the Pilgrims, including what and how they ate.