Our Itty Bitty Foodies love the written word. Every night, they are transported to new worlds and adventures through their books. I’ve often found while reading, that they ask to try new foods; foods that the characters in the book have eaten or cooked. While it’s summer reading season, why not get your kids reading more. We’re participating in the Mayor Summer Reading Program, are you? Books expand young minds and stretch their palates. Here are 3 fantastic authors with some of our favorite books that inspire kids to try new foods
Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events: We’ve read through all 13 books and gone on this wild and crazy journey with the three Baudelaire orphans, who are carted off from guardian to guardian. After reading The Bad Beginning (Book 1) where the Baudelaires made Puttanesca sauce, our kids wanted to try it. Olives and capers are some of their favorite food so our easy Puttanesca recipe with Angel hair pasta was a big hit. Thanks, Lemony Snicket!
We let the kids watch the movie afterwards and introduced them to the comic genius of Jim Carrey.
Cornelia Funke books: Funke is an absolute writing gem, writing books for every age group. Can a little forest brownie girl make ours kids want to try all sorts of mushrooms? Yes, just pick up a copy of Dragonrider about a boy named Ben who goes on an adventure to magical lands with a talking dragon and a brownie girl named Sorel. Everybody in our family loves truffles now.
Last Christmas, we read When Santa Fell to Earth a feel-good Christmas tale of when Santa fell to earth and lost his memory. The hilarious story sparked my children to want to try marzipan as it was one of Santa’s magical reindeer’s favorite foods.
We’ve read most of Grace Lin’s books from her picture books like Dim Sum for Everyone which made us love dim sum (Chinese dumplings) more to Fortune Cookie Fortunes. Her books educates children about the Chinese culture and are beautifully illustrated.
We’ve also been transfixed over her novels. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, we go on a journey to Fruitless Mountain and go on an epic adventure with a little girl named Minli. The dragon in the story cried tears as big as ‘lychees’ and my little one said “What’s a lychee?” so off to the Asian supermarket we go to try one.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This is my 2 year old’s favorite bedtime book. He loves to ‘read’ and count all the foods the caterpillar ate. The caterpillar eats a lot of fruits during his week of bingeing in the big wide world like plums, oranges, strawberries and we like to talk about that every time we see different fruits.
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Till our next Happy Meal!
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