Thank You, Mama by author Linda Meeker and illustrator Sandra Eide

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

PublisherThomas Nelson

Publication Date: April 19, 2022

A boy named Grey, who is of Vietnamese heritage, wakes up for breakfast. He names the foods he likes. His mother prepares breakfast. After his meal, Grey participates in pretend play. When he is hungry, he names the snack foods that he likes and shares them with his dog. He has lunch. He imaginarily plays throughout the day. At dinner time his dad, aunt and grandmother are in attendance. At the end of the day he shares a snack with his mother. Illustrations are easily read and many foods are shown such as cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, egg rolls to name a few. Grey is thankful for the foods he receives and the ability to share them with his family.

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.

Granny’s Kitchen by author Sade Smith and illustrator Ken Daley

Reading Age: 3 – 6 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 1

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: July 12, 2022

On the Caribbean island of Jamaica, when a young girl named Shelly-Ann gets hungry, she asks her grandmother to make a Jamaican dish. Each time, Shelly-Ann’s grandmother shows her how to make a meal, Shelly-Ann’s cooking is faulty i.e. too soft, mushy, burnt, salty. One day the grandmother is too tired to cook so the girl demonstrates her independence in the kitchen and cooks her grandmother a breakfast that isn’t as good as her grandmother’s but considering that this is only Shelly-Ann’s second time cooking the foods, they both find the meal tasty. Children and adults will appreciate the child’s determination to be as good of a cook as granny but it will take practice as it took granny many years to perfect her culinary skills. There are 4 recipes included for fried or boiled dumplings, ackee, saltfish and fried plantains. Additionally fun facts about Jamaica are added at the back of this picture book. Illustrations are eye-catching and suit the story. Due to the added recipes, an older child could definitely benefit from this book.

The Leaping Laddoo by author Harshita Jerath and illustrator Kamala M. Nair

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

In India, Mrs. Kapoor plans to make a big laddoo for her husband. As soon as she rolls the mixture into a ball, the laddoo comes to life and dashes out the door and down the street. Laddoo encounters many people who want to capture it but laddoo is too fast similar to the Gingerbread Man. Through illustrations and words readers and onlookers are introduced to some of India’s culture such as but not limited to the marketplace, common animals, clothing, the sport called cricket, a wedding, and chaiwala. Illustrations are vibrant and transport viewers to India. There are a glossary and ladoo recipe in the back of the book. My Book Eyes was surprised and satisfied with the ending.

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.

Ice Cream Face by Heidi Woodward-Sheffield

Reading Age: 3 – 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Publication Date: June 21, 2022

Who can resist this child who enjoys all ice cream? He could eat it solely for every meal. He has even made up names for people according to the way they look while eating ice cream. What is this character’s problem? He can’t stand waiting in long lines for his ice cream while he watches others enjoy theirs. Ultimately, he receives his treat. The look on his face while he savors this dessert hits home for so many ice cream lovers. His problems aren’t over yet. Of course there is brain freeze, melting and the greatest letdown. Luckily for him he has friends that come to his rescue. Diverse characters are shown. Illustrations are delightful. My Book Eyes chuckled at the soft serve swirled hairdo of one of the customers. Enjoy the journey through this cool and refreshing 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!

I Love Strawberries by author Shannon Anderson and illustrator Jaclyn Sinquett

Reading Age: 4 – 8

Grade Level: 1 – 2

Publisher: Feeding Minds Press

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

Julie enjoys eating strawberries. She wants to grow them. Jolie shows her parents that she is responsible. She earns money to buy the seeds and grows a strawberry patch. She diligently tends to her garden, documenting her experiences in a journal. Is she prepared for strawberry patch invaders? Illustrations are warm with a touch of red on pages. Diverse characters are shown. Readers and listeners will enjoy learning about how to grow this scrumptious fruit. Backmatter includes information about growing strawberries and pest control.

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.