Summer 2020: Books about Food for Preschoolers

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Share some of these yummy books, then find lots of great food activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

    2007 by Yolen, Jane

    Part of a wonderful series, this fun story is filled with illustrations that will have you and your child giggling. Perfect for dinosaur fans of all ages! Recommended by Laura

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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    2016 by Carle, Eric

    Will the very hungry caterpiller get a stomachache after devouring cherry pie, watermelon, a pickle, a sausage, and more in a single meal? You and your child will love sharing this classic with illustrations that look good enough to eat. Recommended by Laura

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  • Sheep Out to Eat

    2005 by Shaw, Nancy

    This series of books contains playful stories written in rhyme, which make them fun to read out loud and great prereading skill builders. In this title, the hungry sheep go to a tea shop, which is a premise for disaster. Recommended by Holly

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  • But I Don't Eat Ants

    2017 by Marvin, Dan

    Bright pictures and an exuberant anteater make this book about a weirdly picky eater extra fun. I cannot look at tortellini without saying "totallini!" now. Dinner is forever more fun! --Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Bilal Cooks Daal

    2019 by Saeed, Aisha

    Whether daal is one of your favorite dishes or you've never tasted daal before, you and your child will love this delicious book with its themes of patience and sharing. Recipe for daal included. Recommended by Laura

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  • Dragons Love Tacos

    2012 by Rubin, Adam

    I love tacos, so it only makes sense that a dragon would too. Just make sure to leave off the hot sauce! And there's a sequel too. Recommended by Karen

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  • Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock

    2019 by Hunt, Dallas

    Awasis is so sad when she drops her prized bread on the way to her grandmother's house. Luckily there are a lot of creatures in the forest who are willing to help. I love this sweet book, written in both Cree and English. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

    2019 by Zhang, Kat

    Amy is on a mission to create the perfect bao. Perfection is just outside her grasp initially, but she smartly (and messily) works her way to a delicious outcome. A snazzy color scheme creates a cartoon-like look that enhances the fun. Recommended by Christine

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  • Yummy! Good Food Makes Me Strong!

    2013 by Rotner, Shelley

    My favorite part of this book is the joy on the kids' faces as they eat, prepare, or even just hold up yummy and healthy food. Recommended by Gudrun

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  • The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

    2010 by Willems, Mo

    The pigeon finds a hot dog. The duckling has a lot of questions. Will the pigeon ever get to enjoy his meal? Recommended by Holly

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  • The Cow Loves Cookies

    2010 by Wilson, Karma

    Who doesn't love cookies? Children will relate to this cow that loves sweet treats, and will have fun repeating the "Cow Loves Cookies" refrain in this humorous, cumulative rhyming story. Recommended by Laura

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  • Bear Wants More

    2003 by Wilson, Karma

    One of a series of books starring lovable Bear, this story invites children to cheer the repeated refrain, "Bear Wants More!" as Bear tries to fill his belly after a long winter's nap. Recommended by Laura

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