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Food Picture Books

Hello book friends, this is our latest post featuring Food Picture Books. With a variety of books that are here to entertain AND keep you or your young reader engaged from start to finish.

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Thoughts on these wonderful Foody Picture Books

As an elementary school Library Specialist, my elementary school students LOVE food picture books!

Picture books that feature different and diverse foods are a staple during my library lessons and it always amazes me how engaged my students are during those read alouds! And it makes sense, it’s food.

Food is something we all relate to, regardless of the preparation, ingredients, and taste. Each student makes a connection from their own personal experiences, or, are pleasantly surprised about a food they’ve never heard of, but can taste once we’ve finished reading the last page.

They always ask for the recipe.

And in return, I always follow up with them to share their own experiences if they cooked or baked the food we read about. 😊

Now, let’s dive in to the seven picture book recommendations I have curated for you and your young reader:

Food Picture Books


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
(2019)

Kevin Noble Maillard (Author)  Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator)

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.


The Great Labne Trad
e (2022)

Eman Saleh (Author)  Eilnaz Barmayeh (Illustrator)

Ahmed was reluctant to pack labne sandwiches for lunch. He didn’t want to stand out. With the help of his mother, he learns to embrace his Arab heritage by spreading his love of labne sandwiches with the world.

Ramen For Everyone (2023)

Patricia Tanumihardja (Author)  Shiho Pate (Illustrator)

In this adorable picture book for fans of Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Bilal Cooks Daal, Hiro aspires to make a bowl of ramen as delicious as his dad’s–and runs into some surprises on his first attempt!

Seoul Food (2024)

Erin Danielle Russell (Author)  Tamisha Anthony (Illustrator)

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

Saturdays at Harlem Grown (2024)

Tony Hillery (Author)  Jessie Hartland (Illustrator)

In this companion to the bestselling nonfiction picture book Harlem Grown about the real-life urban community farm featured on Humans of New York, it’s harvest time for the employees and volunteers that tend the lush garden.

Pasta Pasta Lotsa Pasta (2024)

Aimee Lucido (Author)  Mavisu Demirag (Illustrator)

A family dinner gets out of hand as guest after guest arrives with a different pasta request in this “delectable” (Kirkus Reviews) and rambunctious rhyming picture book. How much pasta is too much pasta?

Just Try It! (2024)

Phil Rosenthal (Author)  Lily Rosenthal (Author)  Luke Flowers (Illustrator)

From Netflix star and New York Times bestselling author Phil Rosenthal and his daughter Lily comes a hilarious picture book about a food-loving dad encouraging his picky eater daughter to just try something new.

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