Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk and Brendan Kearney
This one is new to our family, but I picked it up after seeing it recommended somewhere and this clever rhyming story about Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast racing each other through the refrigerator to gobble up the last drop of maple syrup has been hugely popular at our house. I love the brightly colored illustrations and all the anthropomorphized foods in the fridge.
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
How can you not love wise Strega Nona and greedy Big Anthony who will stop at nothing to try out the magic pasta pot? I never fail to get a little giggle when I see Big Anthony’s enormous swollen stomach after he’s forced to eat an entire village’s worth of pasta.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
When a sandwich goes missing from a park bench, the only logical explanation is that a bear wandered into the city, discovered this delicious treat, and scarfed it up before returning to the forest. Obviously. Hello, unreliable narrator!
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
For me, this is the ultimate book about food. I love Sal and her mother going to pick blueberries to can for winter and then getting mixed up with a mother bear and her cub who are gorging on blueberries to keep them going through winter hibernation. There’s also something really satisfying about saying “kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk!”
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Who hasn’t lived in fear, at least a little bit, when they swallow a watermelon seed as a child? This crocodile loves watermelon – he can’t get ENOUGH of that frosty red fruit – until he swallows a seed and, in utter terror, swears them off forever.
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban
Frances, I love you forever. Whenever I think about picture books with food, I always think of Frances first – every meal her family eats or lunch her mother packs is just beyond amazing. Someday, I’d like to host a Frances party and serve little sandwiches and cups of soup, with doilies, violets, and tiny salt and pepper shakers for everyone.
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord
I hadn’t seen this book in YEARS until I noticed a library copy with a CD in it at the library a few weeks ago. When a town is plagued by an infestation of bees, they decide to bake a giant loaf of bread, slather it with jam and trap all the bees. The whole idea is just so ridiculous and amazing.