Early Elementary Books

Theme: Comfort Food

Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story about Edna Lewis - (ISBN: 978-0618158362)

by Robbin Gourley

Edna Lewis was an African American chef at a time when few African Americans held this job. Her quest for fresh ingredients to make great dishes originates in her childhood life in rural America. Breathtaking illustrations allow readers to smell and taste the yummy berries and sumptuous nuts that go into her foods. Sing along with the children’s verses as Edna works in her kitchen!

Chicken Sunday - (ISBN: 978-0698116153)

by Patricia Polacco

Author Patricia is a character in this book about friendship, different cultures, and caring for others. Patricia and her African American friends, Winston and Stewart, want to make money so Miss Eula can have the hat she admired in the store window downtown. They love Miss Eula since she cares for the community by cooking chicken dinners after church every Sunday. Patricia teaches her friends the craft of making Russian eggs, pysanky, which she learned from her babushka. The children sell the eggs for money to thank Miss Eula.

Clever Jack Takes the Cake - (ISBN: 978-0375849794)

by Candace Fleming

Jack’s perfect cake, a gift for the princess at the castle, is eyed and eaten long his trek to the birthday celebration. How do you think the princess reacts when Jack tells his tale of the crows, palace guards, and bears all taking a taste of her goody before he arrives at the party?

Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke - (ISBN: 978-0064434805)

by Pamela Duncan Edwards

A fox family searches for something to eat when their mother is gone, finding many “F” foods. Fosdyke, their cousin from France, cooks delicious delicacies, all beginning with the letter “F.” Try to find all the “F” words in the book, and think of more yourselves! Maybe try to imagine an all-F-food meal.

Pete’s a Pizza - (ISBN: 978-0062051578)

by William Steig

Pete’s father decides to prep and “bake” him, just like a pizza, on a day when Pete can’t find any friends to play with. Enjoy the laughs as Pete is put through all the steps of becoming a pizza: kneading, throwing, and being coated with pizza toppings!

Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink - (ISBN: 978-0061927324)

by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious must find a way to make money fast!!! Her piggy bank is empty, and she simply must have some gumballs. What can she make that is pink, cool, and yummy? Look at the title of the book and make a guess. If you enjoy this, try other Pinkalicious books.

Honest Pretzels: And 64 Other Amazing Recipes for Cooks Ages 8 & Up - (ISBN: 978-1582463056)

by Molly Katzen

Kids in the Kitchen: Recipes for Fun - (ISBN: 978-1933494043)

by Gooseberry Patch

Papa’s Pastries - (ISBN: 978-0310716020)

by Charles Toscano

Root Beer and Banana - (ISBN: 978-0763617486)

by Sarah Sullivan

The Top of the Pizzas - (ISBN: 978-0396074632)

by Bill Basso

Activities for this Theme

Plan a meal for a special weekend together, featuring only foods that begin with your favorite letter!


Set up a drink stand on a hot day in front of your house or apartment. Make your own lemonade and see how much money you can make while helping others to cool off.


Make some Rice Krispie Treats with your family


Sing “The Turkey Shot out of the Oven” to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean” when planning a special turkey dinner.