Diverse Children’s Books About Food

Traveling the world through food is a piece of cake using these Diverse Children’s Books About Food. As you read these mouthwatering new books, kids can learn and appreciate the diversity of cultural foods, traditions, or just some new recipes to try at home.

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 Diverse Children’s Books About Food 

WHAT DID MY ANCESTORS EAT?

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SEOUL FOOD
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A young biracial girl joyfully celebrates both her Black and Korean cultures the best way she knows how–with the irresistible power of food!

Hana is faced with a conundrum: what scrumptious dinner should she make for her four grandparents who are all coming for a visit? This dish isn’t yummy enough, that one isn’t special enough . . . What’s an aspiring chef to do? Her mother tells her to cook what makes her heart happy, so Hana thinks hard.

She remembers the savory gumbo that she made with Grandma and Grandpa Williams when she visited them in the South. Then she reminisces about the sweet and spicy stew she made with Halmoni and Harabeoji during her trip to Seoul. Feeling inspired, Hana creates a dish that brings together the best flavors of her two cultures in a mouthwatering new way, and her grandparents couldn’t be prouder!


THE JUNETEENTH COOKBOOK: RECIPES AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES TO CELEBRATE
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THE JUNETEENTH COOKBOOK: RECIPES AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES TO CELEBRATE
Written BY Alliah L. Agostini and Taffy Elrod and Illustrated by Sawyer Cloud
Published by Becker & Mayer


THE LAST STAND
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The author of Nigel and the Moon, delivers a tender intergenerational story inspired by his childhood in the rural south. Here’s a farm stand that represents the importance of family, community, and hope.

Every stand has a story.
This one is mine.

Saturday is for harvesting. And one little boy is excited to work alongside his Papa as they collect eggs, plums, peppers and pumpkins to sell at their stand in the farmer’s market. Of course, it’s more than a farmer’s market. Papa knows each customer’s order, from Ms. Rosa’s pumpkins to Mr. Johnny’s peppers. And when Papa can’t make it to the stand, his community gathers around him, with dishes made of his own produce.

Heartwarming illustrations complement the lyrical text in this poignant picture book that reveals a family’s pride in their work, and reminds us to harvest love and hope from those around us.

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

MAI AND THE MISSING MELON
Written by Sonoko Sakai and Illustrated by Keiko Brodeur
Published by Bala Kids


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