Falling for Food: Picture Books and more!

As children gain early learning skills, the power of reading can help them learn more about the social world around them. Reading books about food and cultures around the world establishes empathy and allows kids to embrace and share their cultural differences. 

Early exposure to different cuisines can also be beneficial in establishing a healthy relationship with nutrition (reference). In their formative years, picture books about food can be a valuable tool for children to establish a healthy connection to food as they gain more familiarity with various foods. One way children can incorporate food acceptance through picture books is by learning cooking practices and step-by-step recipes that they can cook alongside their family.

We hope that by sharing our wonderful picture books that celebrate different cuisines, recipes, and themes, we can leave young readers some food for thought.

Discover THIS SELECTION OF Food Picture books →

Watch our Fall 2023 School & Library Virtual Preview!

Hear us buzz about our new picture books, middle grade, and young adult titles!

You’ll hear from talented authors Carole Lindstrom (Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior), Claribel Ortega and translator Jasminne Mendez (Rizos Frizzy, Spanish Edition), and Jamison Shea (I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast is Me), and translator Hercilia Mendizabal Frers (Habla / Speak (Spanish edition)).

Hear from our live special guest: Christina Wyman, teacher, writer, and author of Jawbreaker. Christina will discuss the inspiration behind her debut middle grade novel with Joy Peskin, Executive Editorial Director of Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. Plus, don’t miss a special live preview of Doña Quixote: Rise of the Knight, a hilarious, magical middle grade graphic novel by Rey Terciero (pen name Rex Ogle) and illustrated by Monica M. Magaña. Rex and Monica are in conversation with Brian Geffen, Senior Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers!

4:28 – Christina Wyman and Joy Peskin in conversation
15:04 – Picture Books
27:58 – Middle Grade Books
39:40 – Young Adult Books
50:22 – Rex Ogle, Monica M. Magaña., and Brian Geffen in conversation

Back-to-School Picks for Young Readers

Teachers and librarians, we appreciate everything you do and want to help you gear up for the school year! Five sweeps winners will receive a collection of books perfect for kicking off the 2023-2024 school year plus a $100 gift card to Staples and a $15 giftcard to Starbucks to restock and recharge. Find a full list of Social Emotional Learning books perfect for reading and sharing during this time of change below.