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Kids Cook with Books – Rainbow Stew

Kids Cook with Books – Rainbow Stew
This edition of Kids Cook with Books is a guest post from my friend, Amanda. Her daughter has been in the kitchen for years - and it has been wonderful to watch her confidence and skills grow. Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell is a perfect book for April.  We are currently on our fourth straight day of rain.  A warm and colorful stew, made with the help of tiny hands, is the perfect cure for cabin fever! Of all the toys in our house, this play food, made by Sisyphus Creations, is played...

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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie
  Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey, is a heartwarming tale of an 8-year old girl whose family is severely impacted by an extreme drought in the early 1900's.  All but the sweet potato crop was ruined.  When the family is faced with losing their farm, mama has the idea to sell her famous sweet potato pies to raise enough funds to save their home.  It's an inspiring tale of a desperate family coming together to solve a problem...and succeeding! Join the Fun - Here's How: Leave a comment...

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Kids Cook with Books 2018: Gift Guide

It's hard to believe it's that time of the year again...Time to get ready for the holidays.  It's also the time of year to consider some New Year's resolutions.  If you have been eager to spend more quality time with the kids and do some educational activities together, I've got you covered. Kids Cook with Books is a virtual reading and cooking club for kids. Every month we publish a blog post featuring a children's book and a special recipe that relates to the story.  You'll read the...

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Kids Cook with Books – Stone Soup

Kids Cook with Books – Stone Soup
Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown is it is an old French tale about three hungry soldiers who use trickery to convince the inhabitants of a village to provide them with the ingredients for a feast.  At first, the villagers were afraid, but they were intrigued by the soldiers, who told them that they were going to prepare soup out of stones.  After the soldiers hinted that the soup would be better with a few vegetables, each villager went home and returned with something to contribute, resulting in...

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Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food

Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
In the classic book, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain, mama bear tries to help the rest of her family learn how to eat a healthy and balanced diet.  While the roles in this story are stereotypical, the story is a familiar one of family members who are driven by their desire to eat junk food and resist their veggies.  Fortunately, mama bear is finally heard, and some balance is achieved in this family.  Perhaps the lessons will transcend to yours too. Join...

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If You Give a Pig a Pancake

If You Give a Pig a Pancake
  When I think back to the bedtime stories that we used to read to our kids, If You Give a Pig a Pancake and other books by Laura Numeroff bring back the fondest memories.  Not only were they silly with humorous illustrations, they were entertaining for everyone involved.  It's easy for parents or caregivers to relate to the whimsical antics of the pig and her increasingly elaborate requests. Join the Fun - Here's How: Leave a comment below saying that you're joining Kids Cook with...

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Thunder Cake – Kids Cook with Books

Thunder Cake – Kids Cook with Books
During the last month's edition of Kids Cook with Books, I confessed that I'm not really a cake person.  But while I do prefer pie, there IS something special about the right kind of cake. In the case of the recipe below, perhaps it's not even the cake, itself. It's probably the lemon curd! This is a beautiful tale of a grandmother comforting her granddaughter during a thunderstorm.  She uses the oldest trick in the book - distraction.  Not much could distract most people from something they...

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Making Pie with Kids and Learning about USA - Ki...

Making Pie with Kids and Learning about USA – Kids Cook with Books
While my husband finds it hard to believe, I am not a cake person.  But Pie. That's where my heart is - a light flaky crust, filled with a juicy, slightly tart fruity filling.  Not only is pie a delicious way to celebrate the bounty of the season, but it also takes a bit of work to prepare - so it's lucky that you have access to some little hands to help you!  Measuring, mixing, and rolling are all wonderful activities for your kids to help with - and they all improve their fine and gross...

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Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles
Our son is adopted from Guatemala.  When he was little, we read loads of adoption stories along with our other favorite bedtime books.  I wanted to make sure he understood that every culture has its own traditions - and that many of them are easy to integrate into families anywhere.  In this touching tale, Mei-Mei, adopted from China, gets to help her mother prepare a special noodle dish for her birthday.  Long noodles are very meaningful in Chinese culture because by eating them, you will...

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Kids Cook with Books – The Beeman

Kids Cook with Books – The Beeman
This month, Kids Cook with Books is featuring the book, The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs.  This is a story about a beekeeping grandpa who takes his grandson out to take care of his beehives.  Throughout the tale, we learn about how bees live, produce honey, and their importance in our ecosystem, a particularly valuable message now that our country's bee populations are struggling for survival. Join the Fun - Here's How: Please leave a comment below, saying that you're joining Kids Cook with...

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