Summer Food Picture Books

Lynn and Cindy: Yum! There’s nothing like the wonderful flavors of summer food fresh from the garden or the farmer’s market. We have three new picture books celebrating this seasonal bounty and the fun of markets and gardens. Bon appetit!



Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer

Summer Supperby Rubin Pfeffer

This joyful farm-to-table story follows the process of creating a summer supper, from sowing the seeds to sprouting the seedlings to slicing, shucking, sauteing and savoring the produce. A bright banner across the bottom of each page displays the simple vocabulary describing each activity with a special slant—each word begins with an “s!” Mike Austin’s vibrant graphic illustrations add to the fun, incorporating even more “s” words into the pictures. Perfect for our youngest readers and spot-on for preschool and primary classrooms.


Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at a Farmer's Market by Michelle SchaubFresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmer’s Market, by Michelle Schaub

Readers spend a day at an urban farmer’s market with a series of lively poems beginning with a farmer’s family heading to market in  a truck piled high with produce. Each poem celebrates another aspect of a bustling market with poems such as “Is It Ripe?” and “Goose Chase,” which describes a vendor’s hunt for gooseberries. Much more than a poetry collection, this chronological arrangement has the feel of a story arc enhanced by the watercolor and ink illustrations that feature recurring characters, including a funny pair of dogs. A concluding page explains the many benefits of frequenting farmer’s markets even besides the yummy treasures for your table!


Food Truck Fest by Alexandra Penfold

Food Truck Fest, by Alexandra Penfold

Alternating spreads show two sets of early morning preparations: food truck crews prepare their trucks while a family gets ready for a day of fun. Everyone is going to a Food Truck Fest! Mike Dutton’s lively, cheerful illustrations show the trucks and the family riding the ferry to the island with fun and delicious-looking food everywhere. Happy crowd scenes and peeks inside food-truck kitchens make each page a delight with lots to examine. Penfold’s bouncy, rhyming text sets the tone for a charming read.

About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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