Kids Cook with Books

Kids Cook with Books, a virtual reading and cooking club for kids, 2016 via What's Cooking with KidsI couldn’t be more excited to tell you about our new virtual reading and cooking club for kids: Kids Cook with Books!  

As a former teacher (and current parent!), I can’t speak highly enough of activities that promote literacy in young children.  Anything goes – reading billboards to the kids while driving around town, pointing out familiar words in books, reading the back of the cereal box together, and of course, bedtime stories!  But what about the kitchen?  It’s the heart of the home, and where we all spend so much of our time.  Why not use healthy cooking as a teaching tool?

Kids Cook with Books: How Does it Work?

It’s easy to join our virtual reading and cooking club for kids.  At the start of each month, I’ll post our featured book along with a themed recipe. Simply leave a fill in the form at the bottom of this page, saying that you are joining us that month. Then, get a copy of the book from the library, or by using the links I provide. Read together…and then get cooking. Don’t forget to take photos! When you are done, I’ll ask you to share a photo of your kids in action, either on our Facebook page or on Instagram.  But more on that later. Those are just details…

Feeling social?  Get some friends involved and take turns hosting the monthly Kids Cook with Books cooking sessions.  Make an afternoon of it – have a snack, read the book together, and then cook with the kids!

Why Should You Read and Cook Together?

Cooking, of course, is relevant to everything! It can teach new vocabulary, obviously, but it also uses math and science, and is the perfect way to show someone you love them.  Reading and language are everywhere.  While you cook together, point out words that relate to the strategies you are using in the kitchen – stir, mix, blend – similar, but not the same!  When you are shopping at the store, you can read labels together, look for items on the grocery list, and then find those same words again when you cook together.

Every month, I’ll provide you with a seasonal recipe to make with the kids, and I’ll also give you a few other bonuses, such as some science facts or grocery store scavenger hunts!

Excited?

Here’s the Kids Cook with Books Schedule for the rest of 2016:

I’d be honored if you’d download this printable flyer to give to your preschool, daycare center or public library!

I’ll be posting the recipe to accompany Blueberries for Sal in the next couple of days.  I have several ideas running around in my head and I have to get some berries at the farmer’s market tomorrow to test them and see which one I like the best.  Stay tuned…In the meantime, get a copy of the book from the library or using this link, and get ready.  I’ll be back soon!

This list includes affiliate links, which means that if you use them to purchase any of these products, the price stays the same for you, but I’ll get a teensy commission to help pay for the costs of running this site. I truly appreciate your support!


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41 Responses to Kids Cook with Books

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  2. Michelle Keck says:

    Id like to join kids cook with books

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  4. I have set up a closed Facebook Group for Kids Cook with Books as a place for us to share our reading and culinary adventures and photographs. If you’d like to join our virtual reading and cooking club, leave a comment here or on the relevant post for the book you plan to read and cook from. And then, join our group so we can share and encourage others to read and cook together with our kids and students! https://www.facebook.com/groups/KidsCookwithBooks/

  5. Melissa says:

    I would like to join cooking for kids. I do have to ask…. Is there a fee or cost? (Other than the small commission on selling books that you mentioned?)

    • Melissa says:

      And…how do we get the recipes and book titles? Thanks in advance. I’m really looking forward to doing this with my daughter who already loves books and cooking!!!

    • Hi Melissa,
      Thanks for your enthusiasm! No – the recipes are free on the blog 🙂 And if you go to the library, you only need to buy the ingredients to make the recipes, and you won’t have to buy the books! My main goal here is to provide something really fun and valuable for families (or camps/schools/daycares etc) to do with their kiddos!
      xo
      m

  6. Melissa says:

    And…how do we get the recipes and book titles? Thanks in advance. I’m really looking forward to doing this with my daughter who already loves books and cooking!!!

    • The schedule is in this post, near the bottom and right above the comments. Near the beginning of every month, I’ll publish a new blog post with a description of the featured book and with the recipe. I’ll also republish the list of books that are coming up, so you can get a head start on the reading – or if you find a great book sale, you can stock up!

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  8. Tia Mayfield says:

    This is fantastic! My little girl tells me all the time she wants to be a chef and I have been looking for something fun and easy to as to her curriculum for next year. We would definately like to join.

    • We can’t wait to have you on board! I have loads of great academic + cooking activities for kids – please sign up for my newsletter. I often send resources in the newsletter to subscribers that aren’t available to anyone else! xo

  9. raechel kolb says:

    We’d love to join!!! Do we need to comment here every month?

    • Thanks for saying hi! You can comment on each month’s featured post…if you want 🙂 Some people are doing some but not others, so it’s fun to see who is joining each time.
      But I’m just happy you are here 🙂

      Michelle

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  11. OK so July didnt work out for us.. No strawberries here in the Winter! But August with beans! We are in!

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  13. Debra says:

    Hi,

    I am a teacher who is interested in joining your FB group. I sent a request and look forward to adding cooking into our preschool curriculum.

    Thank you,

    Debra

    • Hi Debra,
      I am thrilled that you will be joining us! I just approved your FB request 🙂 I hope you will take photos and share your stories of using our Kids Cook with Books activities with your students! xo M.

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  15. Stephanie says:

    Sign me up! I can’t wait to get cooking with this club!

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  19. Tricia Bordman says:

    Please add me to this group.

  20. Andrea says:

    Hi, I would love to join the Facebook group cooking with books. I do cook with my class, and every time I can add books is a plus. Thanks!

  21. Andrea Tell Summers says:

    Hi, I would love to join the Facebook group cooking with books. I do cook with my class, and every time I can add books is a plus. Thanks!

  22. Pattirriccia Ryan says:

    Good morning I would love to Join this. Thank you

  23. Diane Anderson says:

    Hi, I would love to read the books and share the recipes with my preschool class! Looking forward to the recipes and activities! Thank you

  24. Diane Anderson says:

    Hi, looking forward to sharing the books and recipes with my preschool class,
    thanks!!

  25. Denise Z. says:

    I’m a homeschool mom. I just sent a Facebook request to join. Can’t wait to integrate this in our existing homeschool curriculm.

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