You'll Eat Your Words
You don’t need to be a foodie to have fun with these words. Some books are just plain yummy and others inspire you to play with your food – even though your mama told you not to! Animate these recommended reads with tasty tie-ins:
Canada ABC by Paul Covello
Age Range: 0-4
- Grab the alphabet cookie cutters. Make melon shapes or bake ABC cookies to match the letters.
- Create your own alphabet book from grocery store flyer clippings, with a page for each letter and the related food.
- With the Canadian animals featured, you might ask, “What does a baby Blue Jay eat?”
- On the “C is for Canada” page, spot the sweet maple syrup and fresh Atlantic Lobster.
Rosario’s Fig Tree by Charis Wahl
Age Range: 0-5
- If figs aren’t common in your fruit bowl, pick some up from the grocery store. Try a fruit that you have never had.
- Where do figs originate? Neil Pasricha, awesome author and certified book lover, talks about one engaging way that his father introduced books. For example, “How amazing is it that a kiwi travelled all this way to our table? Let’s research where it came from.”
- Children ages 4-7 may enjoy Chris Van Allsburg’s The Sweetest Fig, which adds some magical realism to this tasty fruit.
The Biggest Poutine in the World by Andrée Poulin
Age Range: 9-11
- Food and tradition go hand-in-hand. Thomas’ mother sticks five candles in a poutine for his birthday because it’s his favourite food. Talk about the way your family celebrates with food.
- Thomas is trying to set a world record for the largest poutine. Find other food-related records in the Guinness World Books. Make it a game to find the most peculiar.
- Prepare poutine from scratch, or try one of the many restaurant variations available.
You can connect practically any book to fun with food. Which title is to your personal taste?