Toddler Reading List – Food

Every Friday I read stories to toddlers at the local bookstore Cover to Cover (someone has hijacked their URL! So I can’t give you a link). This week I’ll be reading stories about food. Always a tricky subject as toddlers are notorious fussy eaters. So here’s what I’ll be reading:

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Now, I know what you’re thinking “What does this modern classic tale about a scary monster have to do with food?” The whole point of the story is that the mouse avoids being eaten by pretending that he will eat the Gruffalo. Some may shy away from this connection, but at least the mouse finishes the story, with a nice tasty (vegan) nut.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. An extraordinary nonsense story about a tiger who knocks on the door of a family home in 1960s London and invites himself to tea (sort of an afternoon snack – for the non-Brits). The tiger then eats everything in the house and then leaves, so the family have to go out for dinner at a cafe. The tiger looks very sleek and smug, but the little girl can’t help loving him. It’s almost sad that he never comes back.

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. A topsy turvy tale about a little pea who hates having to eat candy for dinner, you’ll never guess what he has for dessert. My son loves how Little Pea counts down the number of pieces of candy his parents make him eat, each mouthful accompanied with a “pliyack” noise.

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. The little mouse picks a red ripe strawberry but wonders how to keep it from the big hungry bear.  He tries to bury it, guard it and disguise it. In the end he decides to share it with us and eat it to keep it safe. Of course, we never actually see the bear…

Kipper’s Birthday by Mick Inkpen. Kipper, the super lovable dog is determined that his birthday party be a success, he makes a cake, makes invitations and goes to buy balloons, but will anyone come today, when the invitations say tomorrow? Although not directly a food book, it does have a pretty funny look at nightmares caused by eating too much cake.

I will be singing Pat-a-Cake Pat-a-Cake, Sing a Song of Sixpence and Never Smile at a Crocodile. There will be no storytime next week because I will be having my wisdom teeth removed, but I’ll be back at Cover to Cover the following Friday, April 17th, hopefully.

(Thank you to the Twitter folks for reminding me about food related nursery rhymes)


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