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This article was written by
Dawn Little, Founder
Links to Literacy 

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Cooking and Clubbing with Children’s Literature
Created By: Dawn Little

Cooking and booking, what could be more fun? Have you ever considered a children’s book club that combined both?

A fun way to connect reading and cooking is through children’s literature. If you run a children’s book club consider tying your book to a special, related treat. Each person could make a treat based on the book choice for that month. Or the host could make a special treat related to the book. The treat can enhance the conversation!

Last year, my daughter consistently asked for me (or my husband) to read aloud Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann. The story is about a little girl who eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink. After reading it several days in a row, my daughter asked if we could make pink cupcakes, just like Pinkalicious. So we did!

Here are a few books with corresponding recipe ideas:

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey – A little girl and her mom set off to search for blueberries for the winter. Make your favorite blueberry muffin recipe.

Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg – An introduction to the life of Johnny Appleseed. Make applesauce in the crock pot.

The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats – A small boy named Peter experiences the joy of a snowy day. Make ice cream snow balls

The following are wonderful books by Laura Numeroff. Each begins with the animal receiving the treat, but cause and effect takes over and for each item received, the animal needs something to go with it. Great read alouds!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Make your favorite cookie recipe.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin Make your favorite muffin recipe.

If You Give a Pig a Pancake Make your favorite pancake recipe.

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake Make your favorite cupcake recipe.

And adults don’t feel left out! This works just as well with adult book clubs!

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