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NPBM Blog-Along: Cooking/Food

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 23, 2011
Theme: Cooking/Food

Everybody Cooks Rice, written by Norah Dooley and illustrated by Peter J. Thornton

Another favorite picture book read aloud to me many times by my librarian Grandma.  This book earned a coveted spot in the cloth bag always hanging in her bedroom.  In fact, I’ve blogged about this book before.  The plot is simple: big sister Carrie has the task of finding her younger brother when it’s time for dinner, and as she searches the neighborhood she discovers that every family is cooking a different rice recipe from around the world.  I still appreciate this story today because its multicultural message is not didactic, and the soft illustrations are homey and portray each family perfectly.

I remember…

:: carefully choosing which book I wanted to read first each time we visited my grandparents

:: finding the cats on each page

:: using this picture book in a lesson plan for first graders during my teaching internship

What’s your favorite Cooking/Food picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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