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Ricky Rocket

A summer reading initiative for kids from Reading Rockets

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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic

By: Ginnie Lo

Age Level: 3-6 years old

While on a visit to her aunt and uncle in Illinois, the narrator and her family unexpectedly find a...

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Bee-Bim Bop!

By: Linda Sue Park

Age Level: 3-6 years old

What's better than just eating a favorite dish? Anticipating it while preparing it, of course!...

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Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis

By: Robbin Gourley

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Edna Lewis grew up on a Virginia farm where she developed a deep appreciation for the rhythm of...

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Chicken Sunday

By: Patricia Polacco

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Love and caring extend across generations and cultures as a young Jewish girl from a Russian...

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Cook-A-Doodle-Do!

By: Janet Stevens

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A charming picture book about a hen who decides to make a strawberry shortcake with her friends......

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Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Young Children

By: Mary Ann Kohl, Jean Potter

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Art is meant to be enjoyed, and sometimes even eaten! Create, then consume, the attractive,...

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Dim Sum for Everyone

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A Chinese family goes out for dim sum ("little dishes"), choosing their favorites off...

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Easy as Pie

By: Cari Best

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Jacob learns a great deal from his favorite television baker, Chef Monty. And he puts those skills...

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Green Eggs and Ham

By: Dr. Seuss

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Sam-I-Am tirelessly tries to convince the other guy that he'll just adore green eggs and ham....

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Green Is a Chile Pepper

By: Roseanne Thong

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Colors introduce foods and more Mexico and other Spanish-speaking counties. Naïve style...

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How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food

By: Lucia Gaggiotti

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Ever wonder how the food we eat came to be in a lunchbox? Brief text and lively illustrations...

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Rainbow Stew

By: Cathryn Fallwell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The children are distressed that it's raining while visiting their grandfather. But Grandpa has the...

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Take Me to Your BBQ

By: Kathy Duval

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Willy's barbeque is about the best around, even attracting green, 3-eyed, barbeque-loving aliens!...

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The Food Parade: Healthy Eating with Nutritious Food Groups

By: Elicia Castaldi

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The mayor of Food Town introduces each of the five groups: grains, vegetables, fruit, protein, and...

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The Honeybee Man

By: Lela Nargi

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fred is an urban beekeeper who shares the fruits of his work with neighbors. Information about...

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Tyler Makes a Birthday Cake

By: Tyler Florence

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When Tyler forgets his dog’s birthday, he goes to Mr. Baker to learn how to bake a cake. There the...

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We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past

By: Jacqueline Woodson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Teeka has a sharp eye as she describes each member of the family that joins the picnic in the...

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Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?

By: George Shannon

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The ingredients needed to make cookies launch a journey around the world to find out who...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child

By: Jessie Hartland

Age Level: 6-9 years old

She wore a size 12 shoe, was a spy during World War II, and her name became synonymous with classic...

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Eating Fractions

By: Bruce MacMillan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How do two children share one banana? Cut it in half, of course! Healthy foods are shared by...

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Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup!

By: Emeril Lagasse

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The celebrity chef shares his thrill in making kitchen creations in this lighthearted but...

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Fannie in the Kitchen

By: Deborah Hopkinson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Animated illustrations combine with lively text to reveal the story behind the woman whose name...

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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

By: Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Martin shares the remarkable life story of former professional basketball player Will Allen,...

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Food Trucks!

By: Mark Todd

Age Level: 6-9 years old

What’s got “shoots and roots and dried fruits, cucumbers, carrots, and croutons to boot”? Why it...

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Fresh Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market

By: Michelle Schaub

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As the weather warms farmers’ markets begin to open. Celebrate the start of the season through...

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Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Dr. Seuss

By: Georgeanne Brennan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Eat chocolate rocks? Or sizzling hot pebbles? Real — and edible — recipes inspired by...

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Independence Cake

By: Deborah Hopkinson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Since little is known about the real Amelia Simmons, the author invites readers to imagine what...

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Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual

By: The authors of Klutz

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Dr. Seuss could have come up with the names of these lip-smacking delights! Frozen Bananoids, Soap...

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Kids' Multicultural Cookbook: Food and Fun Around the World

By: Deanna Cook

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Take a culinary tour around the world, with foods and activities from a variety of countries and...

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Little Kitchen: 40 Delicious and Simple Things That Children Can Really Make

By: Sabrina Parrini

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Tasty meals begin with healthy, balanced recipes. Clear instructions for broadly appealing meals...

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Our School Garden!

By: Rick Swann

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The garden at Michael’s new school is full of fresh sensations. Thirteen poems describe holding...

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Pinch and Dash Make Soup

By: Michael Daley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Pinch is too lazy to make his own soup so visits his friend, Dash who is making some. With...

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The Hole Story of the Doughnut

By: Pat Miller

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A seafaring cook named Hanson Crockett Gregory is credited with inventing the sweet fried treats...

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The Kids Can Press Jumbo Cookbook

By: Judi Gilles, Jennifer Glossap

Age Level: 6-9 years old

From soup to desserts, this book introduces the reader to a wide variety of recipes. There is...

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The Ugly Vegetables

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In a neighborhood of flower gardens, a Chinese-American girl and her mother plant what the child...

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The Vegetables We Eat

By: Gail Gibbons

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Some are perennials, others are annuals, but one thing is for sure: vegetables are grown to be...

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To Market, to Market

By: Nikki McClure

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A child and his mother go to a farmers' market to get fresh produce and goods. On...

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Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City

By: Deborah Hodge

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Growing fruits and vegetables doesn't take a lot of space; they can even grow in crowded...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Cool World Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids!

By: Lisa Wagner

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Delicious and very nearly foolproof recipes from Mexico, France, Italy, Africa, the Middle East,...

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Fanny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef's Daughter, with Recipes

By: Alice Waters

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fanny is a girl who knows a lot about food and cooking since she’s grown up in and around the...

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National Geographic Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure

By: Barton Seaver

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Foodies and cooking aficionados as well as those only marginally interested in food are sure to...

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The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods

By: Claire Eamer

Age Level: 9-12 years old

An assignment from the school cooking teacher prompts a boy to investigate the ingredients in his...

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