As any parent can tell you, the way to have a successful summer break is to plan ahead. With that goal in mind, it just makes sense for kids of all ages to take part in their local library’s summer reading program. The California Library Association’s theme for the 2013 summer reading program is “Reading is Delicious” and what better way to help kids learn that one of the best ways to find your mind is to supply it with a healthy diet of yummy books?
Whether your child is just beginning to learn that books are for looking at and not tasting or you have a teen who is perhaps spending one of their last summers at home, a summer reading program will keep boredom at bay, nurture young minds and provide a bit of peace and quiet for the adults. The Children’s Fiction Examiner has the following book suggestions for readers of all ages; this is list is only a smidgen of the selections available that focus on the ‘deliciousness’ of reading.
Babies and older
“Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z” by Lois Ehlert (HMH Books, 2006)
“Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise” by Leo Landry (Houghton Mifflin, 2005)
Preschool and older
“The Incredible Book-Eating Boy” by Oliver Jeffers (Harper Collins Publ. UK, 2006)
“Food From Farms” by Nancy Dickmann (Heinemann, 2010)
Ages 6 and older
“Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1960)
“The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten: A Book About Food Chains” by Patricia Relf and Carolyn Bracken (Scholastic Paperbacks, 1996)
Ages 9 and older
“What the World Eats” by Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel (Tricycle Press, 2008)
“Food For Thought: The Stories Behind the Things We Eat” by Ken Robbins (Flash Point, 2009)
Tweens and teens
“Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have” by Allen Zadoff (EgmontUSA, 2011)
“Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs” by Rozanne Gold and Phil Mansfield (Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2009)
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Eating the Alphabet
Colorful pictures and interesting text make this an alphabet book kids will devour. Learning about foods one may not be familiar with is just the beginning to becoming a lover of something delicious.
Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise!
Maybe Ivy Louise has a perfectly good reason for not wanting to eat the peas on her dinner plate. Maybe it’s because the peas are part of a small circus known as the Tender Tiny Peas. For every parent that has tried and failed at getting their child to eat something, this book provides a different perspective.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
Henry loves books; he just doesn’t enjoy them the way most kids do. In fact, Henry eats them. He eats all kinds, all day long. But what happens when Henry can’t stop and his stomach gets stuffed?
Food From Farms
While many children grow their own food in backyard gardens, there are plenty that must get their daily supply of food at the grocery store. This gives young readers an inside look at how all types of food are grown and raised and make it to the grocery store.
Green Eggs and Ham
A reader of any age can’t go wrong with reading this classic about a meal that doesn’t appeal to Sam I Am’s friend. Whether it’s already a favorite or a child is reading it for the first time, it is almost sure to make a child ask to try green eggs and ham.
The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten
In true Magic School Bus style, readers are along for the journey as Ms. Frizzle and her class take a trip through an ocean food chain. Full of adventure, with a dash of danger, the class learns what it’s like at each link of the chain and are safely back in the classroom for the final bell.
What the World Eats
Some foods are universal while others are unique to certain countries and ethnic groups. This interesting book about foods from around the world might have kids thinking what is on their dinner plate is downright boring compared to what other children their age eat every day.
Food For Thought: The Stories Behind the Things We Eat
Filled with breath-taking photographs, readers will love learning interesting tidbits about the foods that are common in America today. Apples started the Trojan War and oranges were once so expensive only the wealthy could enjoy them. These and other interesting information, myths and stories fill the pages of this book for tween readers.
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have
Andrew’s life is less than perfect; instead of dealing with his problems, he eats. But he starts thinking if he were skinny enough everything would be better. Through the normal struggles of a teen to joining the football team and learning he can deal with his issues in healthy ways, he grows up and gains self-acceptance.
Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs
Getting kids to help or even plan the cooking of their own meals may be just what it takes to help an entire generation eat better. With easy to follow instructions and plenty of colorful photographs, this book will help all the wannabe teen chefs start cooking and eating fresh foods.