Cook with Books

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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 Unit

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

Pumpkin Pancakes
Oven Puffy Pancake
a house is a house for me
Home Theme Party

give a mouse a cookie

Mice Cookies
Baking Cookies

Space Theme Recipes

Taco Recipes

blueberries for sal

Blueberry Fruit Smoothie
give a moose a muffin

Muffin Recipes

little red hen

Making Homemade Bread

Rainbow Fish Cookies
green eggs and ham

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 Unit
cloudy with a chance of meatballs
Spaghetti Meatball Cake
carrot seed

Carrot Soup

big hungry bear

Fresh Spinach and Strawberry Salad

If I looked like spilt milk

Mango Milkshake
Leprechaun Milkshake
tops and bottoms
Broccoli Salad
Any type of salad!
cookie monster and the cookie tree
Homemade Cookie Recipes

lady with the alligator purse
Homemade Pizza Dough

daddy makes best spaghetti

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

first tomato

Tomato Soup
popcorn dragon

Flavored Popcorn
Campfire Popcorn

magic school bus bakes a cake
Baking Cakes

busy spider

Spider Recipes

hungry catepillar

Caterpillars and Insects

froggy bakes cake
Cake Decorating

cook a doodle doo book

Strawberry Shortcake

strega nona

Pasta Recipes

share ice cream
Ice Cream Recipes
duckling gets a cookie
Cookie Recipes

Farm Theme Recipes

Penguin Theme

Snake Theme Recipes

Rainbow Recipes

Kids Sandwich Ideas

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.

Readers Cook with Books Ideas

Bunny Cakes

by Stacia Peach (White Stone, Virginia)

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

Mouse Soup

by Yvonne (Willard, UT)

Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel. It's fun to see what your child comes up with to put into the soup. There's nothing wrong with a little experimenting!

I Will Never Ever Eat a Tomato

Lots that you can make with this book, but I like to make fish sticks (ocean nibblers) and mashed potatoes (cloud fluff).

Popcorn Book and Cook

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.

Stone Soup

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

Cheese Ball Caterpillar

cheese ball caterpillar
  • 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.

Pete The Cat Books

Pizza Party
Pizza Recipes

Cupcake Recipes
Cupcake Decorating Ideas

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Readers Favorite Books

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It's Raining Cupcakes Cook and Book Idea 
Inspired by the book: “It’s Raining Cupcakes”, by Lisa Schroeder Ingredients: 2 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 and ½ cups granulated sugar …

Duck Soup Cook with Book Activity 
Inspired by the book: “Duck Soup”, by Jackie Urbanovic Ingredients: 1 Medium Red Onion (thinly sliced) 1 Garlic Clove (chopped) 2 shallots …

Banana Hot Porridge and Goldilocks & the Three Bears Book 
I think this is the porridge Goldilocks would have eaten! The ingredients you will need are- 1. 1 cup of rolled oats(porridge) 2. 2 cups …

Blueberries for Sal Cook with Books Activity 
Allergy Free Blueberry Crisp Ingredients: 4 cups of blueberries 5 TBS of organic sugar crystals Or white sugar 1/2 cup brown rice flour …

If you give a Dog a Donut Cook with Books Activity 
Homemade Doughnuts Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons yeast 1 /4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F) 1 1/2 cups warm milk 1/2 cup granulated …

Pink Lemonade Recipe and the Seven Silly Eaters Book 
I love this book for cooking experiences because there are so many different recipes you can work with. Check it out from your library or buy a copy. …

Apple Cook and Books 
Apple Pizza Ingredients Homemade pie crust or 2 ready made pie crusts Apple pie filling 1/2 Cup flour 1/2 Cup brown sugar …

Blueberry Books and Cook 
Blueberry Pancakes In a small bowl add the following ingredients. 2 cups flour 6 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons …

Muffin Dragon Cook with Books Activity 
Everything Muffin Mix Ingredients 4 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 eggs 1 1/2 …

Tomato Cook with Books Activity 
Homemade Tomato Sauce Ingredients: Large can of chopped tomatoes 1 onion, cut in quarters 1 Tablespoon oregano 1 clove garlic, minced …

Carrot Cook and Books 
These are some really great books about carrots and growing them. Check them out from your library or buy a copy. Read the story. Then prepare …

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World 
Make this a movie, book and cooking activity. MOVIE FOR THE DAY UP! Cooking Activity Mini Apple Pie Recipe Directions: Give each cook …

Cook A Doodle Doo Cooking Activity 
This is an excellent book for teaching cooking to 5 to 8 years old. It is Little Red Hen's Great Grand Son and he makes a Strawberry shortcake with the …

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