Busy Little Hands: Food Play!: Activities for Preschoolers by Amy Palanjian

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: November 10, 2020

This cookbook is great for the youngest chefs. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks. Each recipe shows photographs of diverse children participating with procedural pictures also shown as well as information given about Grown – Up Prep Steps. There are labeled photos of kids’ cooking tools. Also there are 5 tips to make food more fun and 5 tips for good table manners. Ingredients are nutritious. This book gives good cooking ideas for preschoolers and kindergarteners to make at home or at school.

The Complete DIY Cookbook for Young Chefs by America’s Test Kitchen Kids

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

Publisher: America’s Test Kitchen Kids

Diverse youngsters create homemade foods that are often store bought such as ketchup and strawberry sauce in this cookbook. Included are over 100 recipes for everyday staples, snacks, sweets, drinks and do it yourself mixes such as oatmeal, pancake, waffles, brownies. Imagine creating ice cream, fudge sauce and sprinkles from scratch, Yum! All recipes have been made by other 8 – 12 year olds to determine feasibility of cooking tasks. Science facts about ingredients are added. Photographs of foods and procedures are clearly viewed.

Dumpling Day by author Meera Sriram, illustrator Ines de Antunano and contributor Laurel P. Jackson


Reading Age: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Barefoot Books

Publication Date: October 29, 2021

Enjoy a feast of dumplings from around the world in this rhyming picture book. Ten families prepare dumplings that originate from their homelands of USA, Nigeria, India, China, Syria, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Russia and Israel. They share their foods at a potluck. Counting dumplings from 1 -10 occurs. The end of the book includes 10 recipes for each type of dumpling as well as a map pinpointing recipe birthplaces. Illustration style reminds My Book Eyes of folk art and is a great match for this picture book.

Edible Crafts Kids’ Cookbook by Charity Matthews

Ages: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: 1 – 2

Publisher: Rockridge Press

Publication Date: September 28, 2021

Children learn to make 25 eye pleasing recipes that are made from healthy foods. There is a note to the adults, a note to the children and a getting ready section which includes tools needed to cook and create. Each recipe includes a Did You Know? section which adds facts and additional science information to these artsy recipes. Great for year-long cooking. Perhaps some of these recipes will inspire a Mother’s Day concoction. Enjoy!

Waffles + Mochi: Get Cooking! by Yewande Komolafe and Michelle Obama

Reading Age: 4 years to 9 years

Grade Level: kindergarten – 4 years

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Publication Date: December 7, 2021

Rice, eggs, potatoes, corn are common food staples. How many people know that rice comes in different colors and sizes or how to grow potatoes at home or about the versatility of eggs or that corn porridge is in recipes of many cultures? This children’s cookbook offers this information. Also it showcases recipes from a variety of ethnicities for example pani puri from India, champurrado from Mexico, omurice from Japan to name a few. Children will learn to use herbs and spices to create spicy popcorn and a chickpeas snack. Most recipes use few ingredients and are easily made. My Book Eyes enjoyed seeing a recipe called hoppin’ john from South Carolina and also learning about quickles. Because mealtime is a good time to enjoy the company of others, there are conversation starters suggested in this book.

Kid Chef Bakes for the Holidays: The Kids Cookbook for Year-Round Celebrations by Kristy Richardson

Reading Age: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 4 – 6

Publisher: Rockridge Press

Publication Date: July 21. 2020

One of the things that My Book Eyes enjoys about this cookbook is that a list of recipes are displayed under Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and All Year Round in the table of contents. If My Book Eyes was looking for an Easter treat to make, it would be listed under Spring. There are 50 recipes identifying a variety of celebrations, plenty of tips, and information about tools and equipment to make culinary experiences successful.

MasterChef Junior Bakes!: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Bakers: A Baking Book by MasterChef Junior

Reading Level: 7 – 9 years

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

This cookbook features photographs and tips from the contestants on the MasterChef television show. These youngsters range in age from 8 years to 13 years. The foods are delectable and are easy to more complex to prepare. In addition to baked goods this cookbook includes puddings, custards and ice creams. A getting prepared section enlightens young chefs about how to bake safely and cleanly. Additionally home challenges and science of baking are included.

Popsicle Cookbook Healthy and Easy Ice Pop Recipes for Kids and Adults by Kaitlyn Donnelly

Publication Date: May 5, 2019

With the warm weather upon us, it is nice to snack on something cooling. These popsicles are a tasty and chilly treat. This cookbook features helpful hints for making popsicles in its basic section. The author discusses popsicle molds, fruit, chocolate, berries, yogurt and vegetables in recipes. Popsicles for adult palates are added. Conversion tables are inside this cookbook.