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Question: To support our high school's child development program, I am looking for 
good cooking books for the pre-school to grade 2 kids to add to our library's 
collection.  All ecommendations appreciated.



Responses: Kids Make Pizza: 40 recipes full of fun for kids ages 5 to 12 by Marian 
Buck-Murray. ISBN:1559586494. Cute book.



The best out there are Pretend Soup and Honest Pretzels, both by Mollie Katzen.  I 
hear she has a new one (Salad People) that I haven't seen yet.



Joanne, I just purchased Mollie Katzen's "Salad People And More Real Recipes: A New 
Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up."  It's a vegetarian cookbook, and what's special 
about it is that the recipes are presented in pictorial fashion.  I highly 
recommend it.



Paul, A. & Inouye, C. (1975). Kids cooking without a stove: A cookbook for young 
children. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Wilkes, A. (1989). My first cookbook. New York: Knopf  Publishing.

Katzen, M. & Henderson, A. (1994). Pretend soup and other  real recipes. Berkeley, 
CA: Tricycle Press.



Dorsling Kindersly has super cook books on a primary level. I have one called (I 
think) Kid's cook.  Also Angela Wilkes has one called something like My First 



The best kid's cookbook I've seen (truly practical and written with humor plus 
excellent recipes) is Clueless In The Kitchen  by Evelyn Raab.  It is written for a 
teenage audience which is why I am mentioning it here if your high school students 
will be planning the cooking with the youngsters.  Raab explains the how-to's of 
cooking as she encourages taking a risk and "trying something new".  Also, and good 
for young cooks, The Star Wars Cookbook by Robin Davis.  My kids have had this book 
since they were little, and they still make some of the recipes in it.

These are some I like.

634 GIB Gibbons, Gail. The berry book. 1st ed. New York: Holiday House, [2002].
Note: Describes different types of berries and how they grow. Includes recipes with 
berry ingredients.   
PIC STE Stevens, Janet and Crummel, Susan Stevens. Cook-a-doodle-doo! San Diego:    
Harcourt, Brace & Co, [1999].   
Note: With the questionable help of his friends, Big Brown Rooster manages to bake 
a strawberry shortcake which would have pleased his great-grandmother, Little Red 
641.6 DOO Dooley, Norah and Thornton, Peter J. Everybody bakes bread. Minneapolis, 
Carolrhoda Books, [1996].   Note: A rainy-day errand introduces Carrie to many 
different kinds of bread, including chapatis, challah, and pupusas.   
 641.6 DOO Dooley, Norah and Thornton, Peter J. Everybody brings noodles. 
Minneapolis, MN:
Carolrhoda, [2002].   Note: The block party was Carrie's idea. but when it arrives 
she can only think about two things: the talent show and the delicious noodle 
dishes that her neighbors are bringing.   
641.6 DOO Dooley, Norah and Thornton, Peter J. Everybody cooks rice. Minneapolis, 
Carolrhoda Books, [1991].   Note: A child is sent to find a younger brother at 
dinnertime and is introduced to a variety of cultures through encountering the many 
different ways rice is prepared at the different households visited.   
 641.6 DOO Dooley, Norah and Thornton, Peter J. Everybody serves soup. Minneapolis, 
Carolrhoda, [2000].   Note: While trying to earn money by shoveling snow, Carrie 
comes up with an idea.   
PIC LIN Lin, Grace. The ugly vegetables. Watertown, MA: Talewinds/Charlesbridge, 
Note: A little girl thinks her mother's garden is the ugliest in the neighborhood 
until she discovers that flowers might look and smell pretty  but Chinese vegetable 
soup smells best of all.  Includes a recipe.   

Usborne books has a children's world cook book that is Internet-linked.



The following are the resource books I have that I use most frequently (we have a 
play school program for 3-5 year olds):
Becker, Joni.  THEMESTORMING.  1994.
Claycomb, Patty.  THE BUSY CLASSROOM.  1992.
Gilbert, Labritta.  DO TOUCH.  1989.
Kohl, MaryAnn.  COOKING ART.  1997.
Kohl, MaryAnn.  MATH ARTS (3-6 year olds).  1996.
 Kohl, MaryAnn.  SCIENCE ARTS.  1993.
Schiller, Pam.  THE INSTANT CURRICULUM.  1990.
 Teacher Created Materials.  SIMPLE SCIENCE FUN.  1996.


One more thing I meant to send and forgot about until I got to school this morning 
- one of the resources my students are using with great success is Mailbox 
magazine. We subscribe to the preschool edition.  Lots of good themed activities 
that can be adapted to suit various purposes.


Thanks to all who responded,



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Joanne Shawhan 
Library Media Specialist 
Cobleskill-Richmondville High School 
1353 State Route 7--PO Box 490
Richmondville NY 12149
(518)234-3565 x1151, 1152 
(518) 234-9006 (fax) 

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