Please welcome JaNay Brown-Wood with her list of Family and Food Picture Books.
We are giving away 3 copies of her book, Grandma’s Counting House. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
Family and Food: A Multicultural list for Preschool through 3rd Grade
This list features eight titles where family and culture come together around delicious food. While all titles can be shared with children Preschool through third grade, I indicated the specific age range I thought the titles would fit best with.
1. Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story by JaNay Brown-Wood
This is a cozy counting picture book about the relatives visiting Grandma and eating until they are all stuffed. It’s a sweet, rhyming counting book introduces young readers to numbers one through ﬁfteen. [picture book, for ages 2 and up]
2. Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
This story is written in rhyme, showing the preparation of a popular Korean dish and the excitement of a hungry, young child. All the family members come together at the end to eat. The lines are rhythmic and the illustrations are fun. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
3. Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell
This book is an oldie but goodie. It follows an African American family as they get ready for a dinner with loved ones. It actually counts to ten twice, and is also written in rhyme. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
4. Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim
This is a fun twist on a well-known story with cultural content serving as a cherry on top! Yim pulls readers right in while introducing information about Chinese traditions, and not to mention discussing good food and family, too. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
5. Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji by F. Zia
This book has so much wonderful energy and engaging pictures. Dada-ji and baba engage in storytelling, roti cooking, and fun adventures. This introduces readers to a number of Hindu words while illustrating a warm familial relationship and a cultural dish, as well as a glossary of words used in the story. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
6. Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore
Another title that brings in a cultural dishes with elements of family. Cora gets a chance to prepare food for her family, and everyone enjoys the fruits of her labor. This book also includes a recipe for pancit that readers can make at home with their loved ones, or in the classroom with classmates and teachers. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
7. Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons
This is a poignant tale that lightly addresses slavery in a developmentally appropriate way, centering on the relationship between Tosh and his Grandma. Here, Tosh ends up preparing the tea cakes that help Grandma remember the past. This title also includes a recipe on how to make tea cakes to enjoy. [picture book, ages 5 and up]
8. Just a Minute: A trickster tale and counting book by Yuyi Morales
This beautifully illustrated story is seeped in Mexican culture and counts to ten. It has a strong story arc and engaging refrains and is enjoyable from start to finish as Grandma Beetle prepares for a party that all her grandchildren, and an unexpected guest, are invited to. [picture book, ages 5 and up]
Giveaway: 3 Copies of Grandma’s Counting House
We are giving away 3 copies of her book, Grandma’s Counting House. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. We can only ship to U.S. and AFO Box addresses.
Some say JaNay Brown-Wood came right out the womb filled with stories to tell and the unlimited energy and excitement to tell them. JaNay grew up with the grapes of Fresno, California within a community overflowing with creative family members and stories to tell. Although JaNay is early on her path to publishing, she continues to persevere, just like her character Imani from Imani’s Moon, her first publication and the winner of the NAESP Children’s Book of the Year Award. JaNay will not stop until she reaches her own dreams, or the moon, whichever comes first.
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