Reading in the Kitchen

Check out these culinary-based books perfect for any child looking to get inspired in the kitchen this summer!

Chapter Books

Krista Kim-Bap by Angela Ahn

Jason has always loved Krista’s Korean family, and particularly her mom’s cooking, but Krista is conflicted about being her school’s “Korean Ambassador”. She’s also worried about asking her intimidating grandma to teach the class how to make their traditional kim-bap. Request this book.

Sassy : the Dazzle Disaster Dinner Party by Sharon M. Draper

To complete a school assignment, Sassy learns about cooking, and decides to host a fabulous dinner party. But almost as soon as Sassy gets this dazzling idea, things start to go disastrously downhill. Request this book.

Lights, Camera, Cook! by Charise Mericle Harper

Follows Tate, Rae, Caroline, and Oliver, ages nine to eleven, both on and off-camera as they compete in a televised cooking competition. Includes cooking tips. Request this book.

The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz

When his family moves to tiny Petersville, eleven-year-old Tris stops focusing on his perfect sister, Jeanine, by using his cooking expertise to revive a town tradition of chocolate cream doughnuts. Request this book.

A Dash of Dragon by Heidi Lang & Kati Bartkowski

Lailu Loganberry is an expert at hunting dangerous beasts and she’s even better at cooking her specialty… monster cuisine. This entertaining novel that combines all of the best ingredients– fantasy, humor, adventure, action, cute boys, and a feisty heroine! Request this book.

Picture Books

Cooking With Bear : a Story and Recipes From the Forest by Deborah Hodge

When Bear decides to cook a meal after hibernating all winter, Fox smells the delicious food and asks Bear to teach him to cook, so the two travel the forest asking their friends what their favorite foods are so that everyone can share in the feast. Request this book.

Monkey With a Tool Belt and the Maniac Muffins by Chris Monroe

Chico the monkey has to step in and save the day when his friend Clark the elephant’s cooking nearly destroys their town. Request this book.

Food Truck Fest! by Alexandra Penfold

A family prepares for a day at the food truck festival, while at the same time, the food truck crews get ready for the same event, checking recipes, starting to cook, and driving to the festival site. Request this book.

Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer

Follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm sunny day. Told entirely in words beginning with S, this lively book will help children appreciate where their food comes from. Request this book.

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed 

Bilal and his father invite his friends to help make his favorite dish, daal, then all must wait patiently for it to be done. Request this book.


The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook by editors of Food Network Magazine

Gives young food lovers everything they need to succeed in the kitchen. Each recipe is totally foolproof and easy to follow, with color photos and tips to help beginners get excited about cooking. Request this book.

Cooking Class Global Feast! : 44 recipes that celebrate the world’s cultures by Deanna F. Cook

Kids gain practical kitchen skills through preparing breakfasts, drinks, snacks, dinners, and desserts from around the world. Request this book.

Kid Chef Junior : my first kids’ cookbook by Anjali Shah

A cookbook for children teaches the basics of cooking and includes such recipes as lasagna roll-ups, burrito boats, kale chips, and tricolor ice pops. Request this book.

Super Good Baking for Kids by Duff Goldman

Teaches budding young bakers how to make dozens of crazy delicious concoctions–from confetti snickerdoodles to unicorn cupcakes to amazing dessert pizzas.  Request this book.

The Young Chef : recipes and techniques for kids who love to cook by The Culinary Institute of America, Mark Ainsworth

Aspiring chefs turn to The Culinary Institute of America for top-tier training–and now younger cooks can too. Coauthored by chef-instructor (and parent) Mark Ainsworth, this book is for kids ages ten to fourteen who love to cook or who want to learn how. Request this book.