Pick up one of these food and family focused books

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On the trapline

By David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett

A young Cree boy and his grandfather, Moshom, take a special trip together to visit the family’s trapline, which is a place where people hunt and live off the land. Along the way, Moshom tells stories about his childhood, from swimming along the shore to picking berries and chopping wood. Each story is punctuated by a word in Swamp Cree and complemented by Flett’s muted pastel illustrations. This lovely book highlights the importance of memory, family and community. FOR 5-10 YEARS OLD

A garden in your belly: meet the germs in your gut

By Masha D’yans

This informative picture book explores the fascinating world of the human microbiome. With easy-to-understand language and whimsical watercolor illustrations, D’yans describes how tiny microorganisms living in our bodies protect our health, energize us and even influence our emotions. Also included are suggestions on how to prevent “pollution” in our microbiome by eating healthy foods, staying hydrated, and drinking plenty of fresh air. Curious young minds will appreciate this accessible look at the mysterious world within. FOR 7-11 YEARS OLD

Up to the task

By Lily LaMotte, illustrated by Ann Xu

LaMotte and Xu’s charming graphic novel tells the story of Cici, a young amateur chef who has just moved to Seattle from Taiwan. Desperate to find a way for her beloved grandmother to come visit her, Cici enters a children’s cooking contest with a cash prize big enough to cover the cost of the plane ticket. The competition forces Cici to surpass herself in ways she never anticipated, both expanding her culinary horizons and honoring her Taiwanese roots. Meanwhile, Cici’s adjustment to life in the United States requires a similar balancing act. Readers will be inspired by Cici’s determination, authenticity and dedication to his family. FOR 8-12 YEARS OLD

All you knead is love

By Tanya Guerrero

When Alba’s parents send her to live with her grandmother in Barcelona, ​​she feels rejected, angry and desperate. To her surprise, however, she discovers a sense of belonging she has never experienced before. Her daily visits to a local bakery, where she learns the craft of artisan baking from its owner, Toni, are particularly therapeutic. With Toni’s help, Alba begins to regain confidence in herself and others, a confidence that has been damaged by years of living with her abusive and alcoholic father. The question is: how long can this fragile stability last? Enticing descriptions of Spanish, Filipino, and Chinese cuisine – and, of course, bread – add extra flavor to this heartfelt mid-level romance. FOR 8-12 YEARS OLD

Notes from a young black chef (suitable for young adults)

Notes from a young black chef (suitable for young adults)

By Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein

Originally released for adult audiences, this teen adaptation of Onwuachi’s inspirational memoir celebrates the power of creativity, entrepreneurship and originality. Growing up in the Bronx, Onwuachi early on demonstrated an appreciation for Creole and Nigerian food regularly prepared by his mother. Despite a rather tumultuous adolescence, Onwuachi eventually found his way into the restaurant business. Showing impressive courage and determination, Onwuachi went through many setbacks to become a nationally recognized chef. Its detailed descriptions of not only the food itself, but the creative process as well, will give readers a deeper appreciation for the culinary arts. FOR TEENS

Try this app

Choose your plate! A global guide to nutrition

This simple and engaging app from the Smithsonian Institute challenges kids to prepare healthy meals with foods from around the world. Players can choose from a variety of countries, such as Argentina, Finland, and Cambodia, to learn about each country’s traditional dishes and to practice meal planning. Earn a medal every time you reach your nutritional goals! FOR 7-12 YEARS OLD

Julie Adams is Information Services Specialist at the Hilltop Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.


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