Kids Cook with Books – Strega Nona

Kids Cook with Books – Strega Nona
The featured book this month is Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola.  It is a story that blends a little magic with a tale of a young man who isn't very good at following directions.  As parents, we might predict what may unfold, but the story gets very exciting before a village grandmother comes to the rescue. Join the Fun - Here's How: Please fill in the form below, saying that you're joining Kids Cook with Books this month. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from...

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Kids Cook with Books – Everybody Cooks Rice

Kids Cook with Books – Everybody Cooks Rice
Our featured book for February is Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley.  It's a tale of culinary adventure as a boy and his sister visit their neighbors and taste their way through rice recipes from around the world.  Not only does the story describe a variety of multicultural recipes, it also addresses differences in family dynamics.  Some families are multigenerational, while others have parents who work several jobs to make ends meet. Everybody Cooks Rice is an eye opening story about...

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Dragons Love Tacos – Kids Cook with Books

Dragons Love Tacos – Kids Cook with Books
Happy New Year!  I am a little over-due with this month's installment of Kids Cooks with Books.  Please accept my apologies for being tardy with Dragons Love Tacos... The truth is that I have been in a bit of a funk over the past few months.  With the political climate as it is, it has been difficult for me to find meaning in the work that I have been doing.  While I know deep down how important it is for families, it feels so insignificant in the scope of the world.  Does it matter if kids...

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Kids Cook with Books – Too Many Tamales

Kids Cook with Books – Too Many Tamales
Making tamales is a Christmas tradition for Latino families. Gathering together to create the tamales is just as important as sharing the finished product. In Too Many Tamales, a family makes tamales together, and a young girls mistake becomes an interesting challenge for the siblings to tackle. Read this book together, and then gather your friends or family together to make your own version of tamales! Join the Fun - Here's How: Please fill in the form below, saying that you're joining...

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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide
I don't know about you, but I seem to struggle with holiday gifts. I try desperately not to get caught up in a gift-buying frenzy at the mall, and try to avoid Pinterest for my inevitable feelings of inadequacy.  I cringe at the idea of getting someone a gift just for the sake of marking it off my list.  In an ideal world, I prefer for my gifts to be meaningful. Or educational.  Or edible... If you find yourself in a similar boat, here are some of the gifts that I recommend.  Some will fill...

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Kids Cook with Books – Thanksgiving Edition

Kids Cook with Books – Thanksgiving Edition
When Kids Cook with Books was born last June, I made a list of books that we would read together for the rest of the calendar year.  Originally, I chose The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing for November...for obvious reasons.  It's a sweet rhyming story about a family preparing for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.   And I like it. But a few months later, another book came across my radar - 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, by Dav Pilkey.  I knew the author immediately,...

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Kids in the Kitchen - 4 Biggest Obstacles for Pa...

Kids in the Kitchen – 4 Biggest Obstacles for Parents
Let's have a little heartfelt chat.  Just you and me.  Parenting is hard.  There is a lot to do, and not a lot of time to do it.  And cooking with your kids might not be at the top of your list of priorities.  I mean, really - why do something with your kid if it will take you a thousand times longer than it would to do it by yourself?  Admit it - you have asked this question.  I know that I did.  After a long day, I would put on our kids' favorite show and let them zone out while I had some...

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Cook the Common Core

Cook the Common Core
I keep forgetting that some people totally freak out when they hear anything about Common Core standards.  I recently shared show excited I was to be speaking at the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Conference on Facebook.  When I said that my workshop would be called "Cook the Common Core," someone replied, "Oh no!"  I didn't put two and two together, and asked her why she responded that way.  Her simple reply was, "you mentioned something about common core." My...

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Pumpkin Cook & Learn Activities for Kids

Pumpkin Cook & Learn Activities for Kids
Fall is in the air and Halloween is approaching.  To be honest, it's not my favorite holiday, but I do love the excuse to make a good pumpkin pie...and use pumpkins as a teaching tool for kids!  While you are picking out your fall-themed decorations, remind your kids that pumpkins are food!  They are a variety of squash and grow in low bushes or vines like zucchini and cucumbers.  While we don't tend to eat the pumpkins that we carve for Halloween, there are edible varieties of pumpkins,...

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Dim Sum for Everyone {Dumpling Recipe}

Dim Sum for Everyone {Dumpling Recipe}
Dim Sum might just be my perfect food.  It is made from fresh ingredients, typically loaded with a variety of fresh vegetables...and best of all, it can often be eaten with my fingers!  I find it very appealing to eat at a restaurant where I can peek at the foods as they travel past our table on a cart, and choose the ones that I'd like to try. Dim Sum has several translations, one of which is "touches the heart" because customers choose whichever dishes their hearts desire. In this story,...

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