Thursday, November 11, 2010


I have a bit of an obsession with cookbooks. Not only do I love to look at pretty pictures of food but also the inspiration of new techniques and ingredients. And all the better if the approach is seasonal, vegetarian or health minded. (Or from the Barefoot Contessa! I adore her.) It must be a cookbook time of year because I have in my pending request list at the library many a new title.

Among those in queue with ample programming ideas for school age children is Turkish Delights & Treasure Hunts: Delightful Treats & Games from Classic Children's Books.

Janet Brocket offers ideas inspired by Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, the Borrowers, and the Chronicles of Narnia among others. The food inspired component could be a fun addition to a traditional book club, or a novel way to introduce many classic titles to youth.

There's also Candy Construction: How to Build Race Cars, Castles, and Other Cool Stuff out of Store-Bought Candy by Sharon Bowers.

Let candy be your new crafting material! Step by step instructions to create a chess set, spaceship, pyramid, woodland creatures, jewelry, as well as holiday ideas. The author claims that offering an alternative use for candy actually reduced the sugar consumption of her two young children. Use this resource to expand an existing Gingerbread House activity, or with a math, engineering and design bent for a hands on construction program.


  1. i *love* doing "craft w/food" programs, so will definitely have to get my hands on this one for some inspiration. and the other sounds super cool too, so thanks for the heads up sarah!

  2. This sounds like fun! I'll have to look more into the exact rules my library district has about food. This could really lend itself to the Summer Reading theme also...foods from different cultures?

    P.S. I used 'Chickens to the rescue' at a school outreach and they LOVED it! And the other librarians were scrambling for the book too since they hadn't heard of it. I'm going to check out 'Pigs to the rescue' also. Thanks for the good suggestions!

  3. Jenn: Yay! Have fun playing with your food (and invite me to visit that day please!)

    Evan: I'm *so* excited about the theme for summer reading this year (One World, Many Stories) as I think it's easily adaptable to a wide range of engaging activities. Expect more posts on summer programming as it approaches!

    And glad "Chickens to the Rescue" worked out for your school visit. I do love the silly books. Thanks for sharing!