Cook with Books
Reading and Cooking Activities for Kids

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This Cook with Books page is a way to promote reading and cooking with your kids. These books are for preschool and young children. If you are looking for chapter books see this older readers cook and books section.

Need a planned cooking with books theme unit?
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Cooking with Books Ebook Bundle

If you are looking for kids and teenage cookbooks look in our Best Kids Cookbooks for recommendations.

Reading with your kids is such a great learning and bonding time. Inspire a love of reading with your kids and prepare a kids recipe to elaborate on your reading and learning experience. These books are great for preschool up to 2nd -3rd grade depending on the book.

Try doing this for an afterschool program, preschool group, playgroup or just at home with your own kids. It is a lot of fun! For older kids who are readers of chapter books, try these cooking experiences-readers cook with books.

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Young Readers Cook with Books Section

johnny appleseed
Apple Recipes
Facts about Apples
ten little fish

Under the Sea Theme Recipes
seven silly eaters
Homemade Bread
Omelet or Eggs
Pink Lemonade
give a pig a pancake

Pancake Recipes
a house is a house for me a house is a house for me
Home Theme Party

give a mouse a cookiecookie monster and the cookie tree
Mice Cookies
Baking Cookies

look at solar system
Space Theme Recipes

dragon loves tacos
Taco Recipes

blueberries for sal
Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Crisp

give a moose a muffin
Muffin Recipes

little red hen
Making Homemade Bread

rainbow fish
Rainbow Fish Cookies

Green Eggs and Ham

dw picky eater
Spinach Artichoke Dip

gingerbread man
Gingerbread Recipes

Three Berry Jam
fairy tales cooking
Fairy Tales Cook and Book Activities
cooking with bible stories
Cooking with Bible Stories

Spaghetti Meatball Cake

carrot seed
Carrot Soup
Carrot Cake Smoothie

Spinach and Strawberry Salad
Strawberry Cake

If I looked like spilt milk
Green Milkshake

tops and bottoms
Broccoli Salad
Any type of salad!

dinosaur say good night
Dinosaur Fun Recipes

pete the cat pizza party lady with the alligator purse
Pizza Party
Pizza Recipes

daddy makes best spaghetti more spaghetti I Say
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

first tomato
Tomato Soup
popcorn dragon
Flavored Popcorn
Campfire Popcorn

magic school bus bakes a cake froggy bakes cake
Baking Cakes
Cake Decorating

busy spider

Spider Theme Recipes
hungry catepillar
Caterpillars and Insects Theme Recipes
Caterpillar Cheese Ball

amelia bedila apple pie book
Apple Pizza Pie

Strawberry Shortcake

strega nona
Pasta Recipes

share ice cream
Ice Cream Recipes
pigeon needs a bath
Homemade Bath Recipes

Farm Theme Recipes

bear ate sandwich
Sandwich Ideas

littlest owl
Owl Theme Recipes

penguin pup mr poppers penguins
Penguin Theme

Snake Theme Recipes

crayons saved the rainbow book
Rainbow Recipes

pete the cat book
Cupcake Recipes
Cupcake Decorating Ideas
Curious George Book
Banana Wraps

Mice Theme Recipes
Soup Recipes

never eat a tomato book
Fish sticks (ocean nibblers)
Mashed potatoes (cloud fluff)

Need a planned cooking with books theme unit?

Turn a fun reading book into a cooking lesson with these book and cook ideas. There are so many more books to create into cooking fun. When you start reading you'll be surprised at all the opportunities that open up before you. You might even find books you've read many times will have kids cooking ideas in them you can use.

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Bunny Cakes

by Stacia Peach (White Stone, Virginia)
bunny cake reading book
Bunny Cakes By: Rosemary Wells
This book is great for beginning cooks! Each page is a reminder of your 'grocery list' and wonderful for a compare/contrast literacy opportunity!

Mice Cookies

Using the recipe for mice cookies and the Give a Mouse a Cookie book worked great.
mice cookies

Popcorn Book and Cook

the popcorn dragon popcorn reading book

Cheese Popcorn

  • 1 bag microwave popcorn
  • 1-2 Tablespoons cheese powder
Pop popcorn in the microwave or on the stove as you prefer. Pour into bowl and sprinkle with cheese powder. Easy and delicious.
See more popcorn recipes here.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

chicka chicka boom boom book
See these coconut Recipes to go with the book.

Stone Soup

popcorn reading book
Today we read both books and I changed the title of stone soup to accommodate a cooking project. Ahead of time, I made stew in a crock pot, but during the reading of the story, Stone Stew.

I let each child place the ingredient listed in the story into a pot in the middle of the story area. After completing other projects, I had the children make biscuits to accompany the stew. Each child received a bowl of the crock pot stew, minus the stones, to eat with their biscuits. It was a lot of fun tying the story and the cooking activity together.

Caterpillar Cook and Books

Stone Soup

popcorn reading book

Cheese Ball Caterpillar

Make mini cheeseballs and align them into caterpillars for this cook and book combo
cheese ball
  • 1 package 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • Pecans, chopped
  • Red Peppers, chopped (optional)
In a bowl, add cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Stir until cheeses are well blended together. If you'd like peppers, add these now. Add 1/4 Cup of chopped pecans. Mix together. Lay a sheet of wax paper on the counter. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. With your clean hands, form cheese mixture into small balls. Then roll in pecans. Create a caterpillar with your small cheese balls. You can eat immediately or chill in refrigerator. Serve with crackers.

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Blueberries for Sal Cook with Books Activity 
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Pink Lemonade Recipe and the Seven Silly Eaters Book 
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Apple Cook and Books 
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Blueberry Books and Cook 
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Muffin Dragon Cook with Books Activity 
Muffin Theme Reading Book Muffin Recipe Everything Muffin Mix Ingredients 4 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking …

Tomato Cook with Books Activity 
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Carrot Cook and Books 
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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World 
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Cook A Doodle Doo Cooking Activity 
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