So many stories to devour in the library! Here are our favorite food-related picture books, with both old and new titles. All books are available for checkout from the Cape May County Library.
Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk: “A wild chase ensues inside a well-stocked refrigerator when two friendly leftovers compete for the last drop of syrup, learning a valuable lesson about friendship along the way.” Funk’s breakfast duo is a huge patron favorite - be sure to check out the sequels The Case of the Stinky Stench and Mission Defrostable!
How to Eat Pizza by Jon Burgerman: “When a slice of pizza realizes it is about to get gobbled up, it quickly offers a few suggestions on what you can eat instead.” Readers everywhere will be hooked from the deliciously comical cover!
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff: “Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.” An incredible introduction to cause and effect, Numeroff’s If You Give series has been captivating readers since original publication in 1985!
How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti: "How many jelly beans are enough? How many are too many? Aiden and Emma can't decide. Is ten enough? How about one thousand? That's a lot of jelly beans. But eaten over a whole year, it's only two or three a day. This giant picture book gives kids a fun and easy way to understand large numbers. Starting with ten, each page shows more and more colorful candies, leading up to a giant fold-out surprise--ONE MILLION JELLY BEANS!” This beautifully illustrated nonfiction selection is a scrumptious introduction to big numbers and counting skills!
Potato Pants by Laurie Keller: “Potato is very excited to buy a pair of pants on sale at Lance Vance's Fancy Pants Store, but when he sees Eggplant, who pushed him the day before, he is afraid to go in.” Not only will readers enjoy this knee-slapping work, they will learn important lessons about communication, forgiveness, and friendship.
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora: “When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.” This award-winning picture book, filled with diverse characters, is a sure favorite not only for its beautiful illustrations, but also its themes of friendship, sharing, and generosity.
Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges: “At night when you are sleeping there's a party in your house. It's a pumping, jumping, funky bash when all the lights go out ... When the sun goes down, the Kitchen Disco starts up - and all the fruit in the fruit bowl come out to play!” Answering the age-old question of what our food does at night, Foges’ tale will crack readers up and be sure to inspire some late night visits to the kitchen!
The Good Egg by John Jory: “When the other eggs in his carton behave badly, the good egg feels like he needs to be perfect.” An absolutely fantastic look at self-esteem and the pressure for perfection, the creators of The Bad Seed have cooked up an incredibly approachable and impactful tale on treating one’s self with kindness.
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin: “Explores the love dragons have for tacos, and the dangers of feeding them them anything with spicy salsa.” Non-stop humor and delightful illustrations will have readers pining for their own mess of tacos!
Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast around the World by Alice B. McGinty: “Breakfast varies from country to country, but it's how all children begin their day. Explore the meals of twelve countries in this playful approach to the world! From Australia to India to the USA, come travel around the world at dawn.” McGinty’s appetizing nonfiction work brings children all over the world together with the ultimate unifier: breakfast food!
Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins: “Most marshmallows are born into marshmallow families, play with marshmallow friends, and go to marshmallow school where they learn to be squishy. Most marshmallows read a book before bed and then fall asleep to dream ordinary marshmallow dreams. Is this book about most marshmallows? It isn't.” This hysterical and relatable selection will not only have readers laughing, but will also emphasize the importance of being yourself.
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z: “An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.” After completing this classic from Ehlert, kids will want to eat their way through the alphabet as well!