Bonus Books- On the Shelf: It’s all about the food
Food rules the pages of some wonderful new books for kids and for parents. Try some creative, yoga-inspired treats, learn about the digestive process (fun – but not for the dinner table) and get some new recipes for your meal planning rotation.
Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats by Joy Bauer, photographs by Bonnie Stephens (Abrams Books for Young Readers, ages 3 – 5, available Oct. 8) This is a creative way to introduce little readers to some basic yoga poses (illustrated by both kids and produce) and get them in the kitchen to help with eight very kid-friendly recipes. It would be fun to choose one per week, practicing the pose, giggling at the veggies and then cooking up something special together.
Your Amazing Digestion from Mouth through Intestine by Joanne Settel, illustrated by Steve Björkman (Simon & Schuster, ages 8 and older). Kids love giggle-inducing talk about everything to do with digestion – it’s just a fact of life. This book plays to that strength, while still dishing out plenty of good science. And much of it comes in fun rhymes that may or may not be repeated until your children are gastroenterology experts. From “Cool Facts About Vomiting” to “Garlic Gives Me Stinky Breath,” get ready to have a sense of humor with this one.
I Don’t Like to Eat Ants by JTK Belle, illustrated by Sabine Mielke (Pickefish Press). If you are trying to raise adventurous eaters, this is the book to break them out of their comfort zone. What do anteaters eat? (Are you sure?) Whether it’s ants or Brussels sprouts, it’s impossible to know what you like until you give it a taste. Maybe your child’s favorite food is yet to be discovered.
Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang, illustrated by Charlene Chua (Simon & Schuster, ages 4 – 8) This beautifully illustrated picture book is all about solving a problem in a way that works for little ones. And it is a wonderful representation of a Chinese-American family and their food traditions. Enjoy this fun story together and then make your own perfect bao using the family recipe at the end.
Yum Yummy Yuck by Cree Lane, illustrated by Amanda Jane Jones (Prestel Junior, ages 1 – 3). OK, parents, let’s be real for a minute. If your child hasn’t eaten something gross, just give it time. Maybe this simply illustrated board book can save you some trouble and save your littles ones a tummy ache. As a bonus, there will probably be lots of giggles and maybe even some sight word recognition when you read this one together.
Real Food Kids Will Love by Annabel Karmel (St. Martin’s Griffin) With more than 100 kid-friendly recipes, this book can help take the guesswork out of meal planning. Recipes here are simple and can help you get dinner on the table fast, without drama. Many of these dishes are sensitive to food allergies. All cater to young tastes. There are also vegetarian and vegan options included.
Tailgating Done Right: 150 Recipes for a Winning Game Day by Anne Schaeffer (Fox Chapel Publishing) Football is back, and whether you are watching at home or packing up food to grill outside the stadium, this book has you covered. With more than 150 football-themed recipes, there’s something for everyone here, including make-ahead, no-need-to-heat choices, foil pouch meals that are perfect for grilling and full spreads that are great for game days on the couch.