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Read It and Eat


Does "The Popcorn Book" leave kids craving a hot buttered snack? Have some ready to eat while you read (it makes reading like going to the movies), or suggest that you pop some together afterward.
  • The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
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 MATERIALS: Recipe for food featured in book, ingredients, cooking utensils

Some books actually provide the reader with a pivotal recipe; for example, there's a recipe for grandmother's cranberry bread in Cranberry Thanksgiving, and for freckle juice in Freckle Juice. Encourage an older child to try out such recipes, or prepare them ahead of time along with a younger child for a surprise afterreading treat. If you are reading a book that mentions a special food but offers no recipe, your children can try to find an appropriate recipe in a cookbook at home or the library. It may take a while, but they'll probably succeed in finding a recipe from a pioneer dish mentioned in The Little House on the Prairie in a cookbook like The Settlement Cookbook. Once children find and copy the recipe, they then figure out what ingredients areneed. They can help measure out the ingredients and read aloud the directions as you cook, or they can do the cooking themselves. Younger children will enjoy helping you cut out and bake a gingerbread man or animal cookies after you finish telling a folktale or reading an animal story. If the storybook involves eating, they may want to do likewise. For example, they might like to spread jam on bread for a snack after you read aloud Bread and Jam for Frances or The Giant Jam Sandwich. Most adults will find that when there's a tie-in to eating, there's motivation for reading.

Read It and Eat