Much like cooking and growing food, reading is an activity the whole family can enjoy – even kids! Not only can books be windows into new worlds and cooking cultures, but they can inspire change through action. For that reason, we have partnered up with our friends at Readers to Eaters (read more about them below) to bring you some recommendations for any of the kiddos in your life. Below, you’ll find titles published exclusively by Readers to Eaters, in a list particularly curated for little ones of all ages and interests. Hopefully these titles will entice them to get growing, start cooking, and even dare to dream.
READERS to EATERS was founded in 2009 with a mission to promote food literacy. Our award winning books give a fresh perspective on what and how we eat through good stories, beautiful writing, and a deep appreciation of our diverse food cultures. In addition to its publishing program, the company also works to create partnerships between education and food organizations to connect good reads and good eats for children and families. Co-founder Philip Lee was the chapter lead at Slow Food Seattle and is a former board member at Slow Food USA.
Click the books below to go to them in the Slow Food USA Bookshop, or view the full book list of holiday recommendations:
For little poets…
The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter
A love poem from a father to his two sons, and a tribute to the bees that pollinate the foods we love to eat. Ages 3-9.
Readers to Eaters, 2019. Print. ISBN: 9780998047799
For those who tread their own path…
Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious
Picture book biography of Alice Waters of her search for deliciousness and journey starting Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard, with an Afterword by Alice sharing what she learned about food and cooking with young readers and eaters.
Readers to Eaters, 2014. Print. ISBN: 9780983661566
For science buffs…
A girl learned the joy—and science—of making whole wheat sourdough bread from her plant scientist aunt. Published in partnership with the Bread Lab at Washington State University with support from Bread Bakers Guild of America. Ages 5-10.
Readers to Eaters, 2018. Print. ISBN:9780998436609
Enter to Win all Three Books above for your favorite young reader!
We’re giving away this great trio of books to one lucky reader! Enter to win the books and we’ll send them straight to you or the kiddo of your choice, in time for Christmas!
How to Enter? Post a photo on Instagram or Facebook of your favorite or most traditional holiday dish to cook with or for kids, with the hashtag #SlowHolidayR2E. Tag @slowfoodusa and @readerstoeaters in your post, and tell us about your dish!
Entries open until Tuesday, December 15. Slow Food USA will ship all three books to the person/address of your choice anywhere in the United States.
For little foodies…
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix
Immigrant story of the L.A. street cook who started the food truck movement with his Korean BBQ food truck and working to make good food available to hungry communities. Ages 5-12.
Readers to Eaters, 2017. Print. ISBN: 9780983661597
For the aspiring gardener…
A resourceful young gardener learns about sharing food and the reward of growing a community through food. Ages 4-8.
Readers to Eaters, 2015/2020. Print. ISBN: 9780983661573 / 9781735152202
For picky eaters…
A picky eater discovers the joy of growing food and the pleasure of tasting something new at her school garden. Ages 4-8.
Readers to Eaters, 2014/2019. Print. ISBN:9780983661542 / 9780998047782