Apple Cake: A Gratitude by author Dawn Casey and illustrator Genevieve Godbout

Reading Age: 3-5 years

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Pleased with everyone and everything that contributes to a delicious apple cake, a child thanks the environment, animals, farmers, family and friends. Words are rhyming. Illustrations are done in muted colors which gives the book a peaceful feeling. Characters have varied skin tones. An appropriate picture book to share with this age group anytime but great for the Thanksgiving season. A recipe is included for added activity.

Every Cake Has A Story by author Christina Tosi and illustrator Emily Balsley

Reading Age: 3 – 5 years

Publisher: Dial Books

Publication Date: September 21, 2021

Imagine living in a world where everything is a shade of gray. That is life in Sameville where a girl named Sammi lives. The dwellings, the vehicles, the clothes, the food…just gray. Sammi wants change. She goes to sleep one night with something tucked under her pillow. When she wakes up, a variety of hues and pigments brighten her world. She enlists the help of her diverse friends to create a cake made of an array of tastes, textures and colors. Illustrations support the theme of the book. A recipe is included.

Tomatoes for Neela by author Padma Lakshmi and illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal

Reading Age: 3 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: August 31, 2021

Neela likes cooking with her mother who learned to cook from Neela’s grandmother. Neela’s mother taught Neela about different types of tomatoes at the farmer’s market. They create tomato sauce, save jars of it to eat during winter and to share with her grandmother when she visits from India. At times a lot of information is shown pictorially with labels attached that will appeal to older and younger readers. The illustrator weaves facts into this children’s book in a visually pleasing way. For example, information about heirloom tomatoes show Neela’s happy face peeking through the vines. History about the origins of tomatoes is also within the story. At the end of this picture book are fun facts about tomatoes, information about farm workers, an author’s note and two recipes.

Jade’s Secret Ingredients: A Recipe for Managing Feelings by author Ashley Finley and illustrator Agia Putri

Reading Age: 2 – 10 years

Publisher: Jj Carson Press LLC

Publication Date: May 15, 2021

Jade likes baking with her Granny. As all bakers know, things don’t always turn out as planned. Granny shares nine special ingredients that are not found in cookbooks. The ingredients are tips about behavior to help Jade get through the baking process. Her tips are applicable to many events and activities that people partake in. Three of her nine secret ingredients are: keep trying, have fun and ask questions. Readers and listeners will often return to this picture book for Granny’s wisdom, I mean secret ingredients. Illustrations are warm and depict a range of emotions.

Blueberry Cake by Sarah Dillard

Reading Age: 3 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Aladdin

Publication Date: July 13, 2021

A cub wants his mother to make blueberry cake. His job is to pick blueberries and bring them home so his mother can prepare the treat. Being energetic, cub runs, plays, chases a butterfly, picks blueberries, drops blueberries, picks flowers and arrives home without the blueberries. His mother cannot make the cake. Cub still has a job to do. He makes a second trip to the blueberries and surprises his mother. Reciprocally, his mother prepares blueberry cake. This picture book is told in 35 words using only 7 different words. Children learning to read will be able to read this book independently in a short amount of time due to repeated words and sequenced illustrations. A note from the author enlightens the audience about her experience with blueberry cake. A recipe included adds a hands on experience to 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.

Every Night Is Pizza Night by author J. Kenji Lopez-Alt and illustrator Gianna Ruggiero

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Publisher: Norton Young Readers

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

A finicky eater named Pipo only wants to consume pizza for dinner. She believes pizza is the best food. Pipo visits and assists neighbors while they prepare their treasured dishes. Initially some of the ingredients seem repelling to her however upon tasting the finished products, she discovers that these meals are delicious. Inclusion of foods that are not typically found in childrens’ books increases knowledge of various cultures and foods i.e. tagine, red beans and rice and bibimbap. The more known dumpling is also included. Illustrations show colorful details and add diverse culinary shops for eyes to peruse. Readers may be enticed to try new cuisines after reading this picture book. A pizza recipe is 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.

Food Network Magazine The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook: 150+ Recipes for Young Chefs by author Maile Carpenter

Kids cook

Age Range: 8 years – 12 years

Publisher: Hearst Home Kids

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

This is an excellent time for children to learn science, math, art, engineering and technology as they relate to cooking by participating in culinary projects. This cookbook boasts over 150 recipes. The photographs are mouth watering. Kids can make dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack. Food games, quizzes and coloring pages are included. My Book Eyes enjoys learning to create fake-out cakes. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by author Dee Romito and illustrator Laura Freeman

PiesAge Range: 6 – 9 years

Publisher: little bee books

Publucation Date: Novenber 6, 2018

This picture book biography sheds light on Georgia Gilmore, a cook, who made a significant contribution to the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott by preparing meals. She worked collectively with others who were interested in raising money to purchase vehicles and fuel so that the Black community could still travel in Alabama while seeking justice by boycotting public transportation. After she testified in court about the mistreatment she experienced by a bus driver, Georgia Gilmore was fired from her job. She opened a home based restaurant. All people loved her cooking. Dr. King and other civil rights leaders often ate at Georgia’s. Illustrations are large with high contrasting colors which makes this a terrific book for children to view in a group setting. Included is an author’s note and a recipe for Georgia Gilmore’s Homemade Pound Cake. My Book Eyes finds it interesting to read about how different people worked to create civil rights changes.