Stories about Food

Stories about Food

Stories about Food

Date posted: January 25, 2018

Lots of times when we think about stories about food for families, we think about read-aloud picture books for young children. From the colourful collages in Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the realistic photos in Eating the Rainbow, there’s plenty of choice available.

Another valuable set of food stories that we sometimes forget are the personal stories that families tell.

  • “My favourite thing to eat is …”
  • “When Grandma was little, she liked to eat …”
  • “Remember the first time we ate …”
  • “The best meal I ever ate was …”
  • “Every (fill in the holiday) we eat …”
  • “The first time we made (fill in the blank), it was a disaster.”
  • “This is how we make …”

Family food stories can be a powerful way for parents to share memories, identity and traditions.  Family storytelling is an important way to help support children’s language, oral communication skills, self-concept, and sense of belonging. And, it’s a flexible set of stories that develops as the family grows.

For tips on storytelling with children, borrow Tell Me a Story from the Decoda Library. This book offers practical tips for telling personal experience and family history stories to different age groups, from toddlers to teens.

And, for those times when you’re looking for a read-aloud picture book about food, here are some lists to browse:

And, for when you’re looking for ideas for cooking together, here are 7 Cookbooks That Will Inspire Your Kids to Start Cooking.

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