Spice Up Your Winter (Ages 7-13)

Author: Emily Tracey

Are you participating in our Kids Winter Reading program this year? Enjoy this guide of cooking/food themed titles you can download or order from us today!

Youth Ages 7-13

Lights, Camera, Cook! by Charise Mericle Harper DB089255

Contestants Tate, Rae, Caroline, and Oliver, ages nine to eleven, compete against each other in a televised cooking show called Next Best Junior Chef. After being judged by professional chefs, one of the kids will face elimination. For grades 2-4. 2017.

Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres BR021855, DB087271

Mexican American Stef Soto hopes to break free from her overprotective parents and the embarrassing reputation she has because of her family's taco-truck business. But Stef soon learns that family, friendship, and even the taco truck are important and wonderful parts of her life. For grades 3-6. 2017.

Cookie Cutters & Sled Runners by Natalie Rompella BR022169, DB087953

Ana is excited to start middle school with her best friend Lily, who understands Ana's obsessive-compulsive behavior and shares Ana's plan to write and sell their own cookbook. But things change dramatically when they are assigned to different partners for their year-long Explorations project. For grades 3-6. 2017.

Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff DBC06620

It's 1944, WWII is raging. Jayna's big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. But right before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna a secret: they may have a grandmother in Brooklyn. Rob found a little blue recipe book with her name and an address for a bakery. When Jayna learns that Rob is missing in action, she's devastated. Along with her turtle Theresa, the recipe book, and an encouraging, ghostly voice as her guide, Jayna sets out for Brooklyn in hopes of finding the family she so desperately needs. For grades 3-6.

Pie by Sarah Weeks DB074416

When Polly Portman--famous for her pie making--passes away unexpectedly, she leaves her coveted pie-crust recipe to her cat Lardo and custody of the grouchy Lardo to her beloved niece, Alice. When someone kidnaps the feline, Alice and her friend Charlie set out to investigate. For grades 3-6. 2011.

All Four Stars by Tara Daiman DBC06491

Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a New York City newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen, even risk the wrath of her fast-food loving parents. For grades 4-7.

The Cupcake Diaries series by Coco Simon DB082556

First four books in the series featuring a group of new middle school friends and the creation of their tasty Cupcake Club. Includes Katie and the Cupcake Cure, Mia in the Mix, Emma on Thin Icing, and Alexis and the Perfect Recipe. For grades 4-7. 2011.


The Delish Kids Cookbook by Joanna Saltz BR024013, DB105973

Easy-to-follow recipes for every occasion, like Banana Split Oatmeal, Hot Dog Cubanos, Leprechaun Shake, Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispies Treats, and Santa Hat Pancakes. Includes helpful kitchen tricks to inspire young cooks. For grades 2-4. 2021.

No Cook Cookbook by Rebecca Woollard BR023720, DB103148

More than fifty heat-free recipes designed to make young chefs more independent in the kitchen. Includes tips for food storage, instructions on how to grow your own food, and ways to change up the recipes. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2021.

Plant, Cook, Eat! by Joe Archer BR022281, DB091507

A garden-to-kitchen cookbook that is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2016.

Brains, Brains, and Other Horrifying Breakfasts by Ali Vega DB109217

"What can be as foul as it is fun to eat? Your breakfast! Learn how to create a variety of breakfast entrees that are both repulsive and delicious. Cook up dishes like a bowl of brains, spider eggs, and oozing zombie flesh. Cooking breakfast has never been so much fun--or so gross!" - Provided by publisher. For grades 3-6.

The Official Harry Potter Baking Book by Joanna Farrow BR023815, DB104382

Forty-three tasty recipes inspired by the world of Harry Potter, including Nicolas Flamel's Parcels, Deathly Hallows Bread, Quidditch Pitch Focaccia, Whomping Willow Cheese Straw, Honeydukes Haul Cake, Wizard's Chess Squares, Mandrake Bread, Hogwarts Treacle Tart, Wand Breadsticks, and more. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2021.

Looking for ways to earn extra points during our Winter Reading Challenge? Try rating and reviewing the books you read. In addition to the point you receive for reading one book, rating that book will earn you an extra point, and writing a review of at least 50 words will earn you 8 points.

To participate in our rate and review program, simply fill out the form at the following link: slnc.info/ABLS_SRBR

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