#CybilsAwards Booklists: Food-y Books Part 1

Food! Most of us love it. Love to eat it, love to cook it, and (if you’re anything like me) love to read about it. 

It seems we have a ton of food-, cooking-, and eating-inspired books this year on our nomination lists, so why not celebrate as many as we can! 

In fact, we’re going to split this up into two weeks: all the picture books and nonfiction this week, and the Middle Grade, YA Fiction and Graphic Novels next week! 

Fridge and Oven’s Big Job
by Steven Weinberg
Roaring Brook Press

The books are shaped to match the appliance and the covers have real googly eyes—which, let’s be honest, is an automatic win. — Sam Richardson @ littlecubliteracy

Bella’s Recipe for Success
By Ana Siqueira, illustrated by Geraldine Rodríguez
Beaming Books

This book is a wonderful example of growth mindset and perseverance. Even the most talented people make mistakes! — Aimee Smith @ keepabookout

The Veggie Patch Bandits
by Riya Aarini, Illustrated by Maria Andrieieva
Riya Aarini

The Scrumptious Life of Azaleah Lane
by Nikki Shannon Smith, illustrated by Gloria Felix
Capstone Press

The Scrumptious Life of Azaleah Lane is a refreshing book, with its story of a family of people who have occasional little difficulties in their relationships but who genuinely care about each other. — Deb Nance @ Readerbuzz

Otter: Best Cake Ever
by Sam Garton
Balzer + Bray

The words are very simple, the story a little silly, and the illustrations fascinating and engaging. Sam Garton gives us a fun little intro to the steps and process of baking for children. — TheBrookeList

Goat Wants to Eat
by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Fred Blunt
Simon Spotlight

Goat Wants To Eat introduces young readers to word families, sight words and “bonus words” they will read in this cute story about a hungry goat and a cat who just wants a nap. ​– Thompson McLeod

Cupcake Fix: A Branches Book
by Vicky Fang, illustrated by Christine Nishiyama

Try It!: How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat
by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Giselle Potter
Beach Lane Books

It’s full of fun sentences and some great alliterations that make it a fun read aloud. It’s a perfect book to introduce a unit on nutrition or biographies, and is one that needs to be in every elementary library. ​– Susan Dubodt @ Susan’s Reviews

Teatime Around the World
by Denyse Waissbluth, illustrated by Chelsea O’Byrne
Greystone Kids

The text of the book is simple enough to share with kids during storytime. The added information also makes this a great books to share with older kids. The illustrations are colorful and I think accurately portray the cultures they depict. ​– Bridget Wilson @ What is Bridget Reading?

Bruno the Beekeeper: A Honey Primer
by Aneta Frantisk Holasová
Candlewick Press

There is plenty to attract and sustain the attention of fairly young audiences in these warm and charming illustrations, from expansive scenes to detailed interiors to those labeled/numbered diagrams and step-by-step directions for aspects of care and processing. Meanwhile, the accuracy and thoroughness of the contents could easily be used as an introductory text to a beekeeper class. ​– Sandy Brehl

13 Ways to Eat a Fly
by Sue Heavenrich, illustrated by David Clark

Oh my, kids will gobble up this book (get it?), which walks readers through the various ways that 13 different flies are consumed by all kinds of animals! ​– Completely Full Bookshelf

Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent
by Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Kara Kramer
Enchanted Lion Books

Delicious!: Poems Celebrating Street Food around the World
by Julie Larios, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
Beach Lane Books

DELICIOUS! belongs on the shelf with numerous other terrific picture books that celebrate diverse foods and their meanings and place in diverse traditions and cultures. ​– Carol Coven Grannick

Recipe for Disaster
by Aimee Lucido

Notes from a Young Black Chef (Adapted for Young Adults)
by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers