The best talking food books

Who am I?

I love a good pun and have written a joke book all about food called Lettuce Laugh. I think food is relatable to kids and they can put themselves in the food’s shoes and learn about friendship and being true to themselves through talking food characters. Humor plays a big part in the books I recommended, but it’s a great way to deliver a lasting message. Another book I wrote is also about food - Jalapeño Bagels, but unlike Bagel In Love, these bagels don’t talk! I love Bagel In Love so much I had a dress made with some of the characters embroidered on it.


I wrote...

Bagel in Love

By Natasha Wing, Helen Dardik (illustrator),

Book cover of Bagel in Love

What is my book about?

Bagel loved to dance. It made him happier than a birthday cake! And more than anything, he wants a partner who will spin and swirl, tap and twirl with him in the dance contest. But Pretzel sniffs that he doesnt cut the mustard, Croissant thinks his moves are stale, and Doughnuts eyes just glaze over. Can a cute cupcake save the day for our would-be Fred Éclair? Witty and pun-filled, this picture book really takes the cake.

The books I picked & why

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Little Pea

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace (illustrator),

Book cover of Little Pea

Why this book?

Even though this one is blatantly trying to get kids to eat vegetables instead of sweets through reverse psychology, the story is cute and funny (even my husband went aww while reading it over my shoulder). My sister used to stash her peas under her cup and pretend she ate them so this was a silly reminder of our childhood. And the illustrations are so darn adorable!

Little Pea

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Little Pea as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children's books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won't eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.


I Yam a Donkey!

By Cece Bell,

Book cover of I Yam a Donkey!

Why this book?

When I hear bad grammar, I cringe. So this book was cringeworthy, but because it was done in a silly way to show bad grammar and how to correct it, it was very clever. A yam tries to get a donkey with poor grammar to speak correctly. When his vegetable friends butt in to see what the fight is about, the donkey has the last word.

I Yam a Donkey!

By Cece Bell,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked I Yam a Donkey! as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"I YAM a donkey!" said Donkey.
"I AM a donkey!" replied Yam.
"You is a donkey too?"

A Yam who hates sloppy pronunciation and poor grammar triest his hardest to correct an ungrammatical donkey. An escalating series of misunderstandings leaves the yam furious and the clueless donkey bewildered by the yam's growing (and amusing) frustration. The yam finally gets his point across, but regrettably, he's made the situation a little bit too clear... and the story ends with a dark and outrageously funny twist.


Short & Sweet

By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney,

Book cover of Short & Sweet

Why this book?

Written in rhyme, this story is about a pancake and French toast that are going stale. They look for a way to refresh themselves and instead turn into baby versions. Josh Funk has set up a funny foodie world. Check out the first book, too, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast. If you like these food puns, you’ll love the puns in Bagel In Love!

Short & Sweet

By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Short & Sweet as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Age range 3+

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast worry that they're going stale, so they visit Professor Biscotti's lab to try a new despoiling procedure. But instead of beautifying them, Professor Biscotti's faulty gadget transforms them into toddlers!

Scared in the presence of the now gargantuan-looking Baron von Waffle, the mini breakfast foods take off on an adventure in the fridge, visiting everywhere from the Bran Canyon to Limes Square.

Will Baron von Waffle and Professor Biscotti figure out a way to turn them back into a grown Lady and Sir, or will they stay short & sweet forever?



Bowling Alley Bandit: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut

By Laurie Keller,

Book cover of Bowling Alley Bandit: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut

Why this book?

This book is hilarious! Arnie the Doughnut is at the bowling alley cheering on his friend, Mr. Bing, in a bowling tournament when Mr. Bing starts throwing gutter balls and his team is about to lose. Arnie figures out that Mr. Bing’s bowling ball is being disguised as his new bowling ball and saves the team’s score. There are tons of funny side comments and the story is told with lots of energy. Kids will love this early chapter book.

Bowling Alley Bandit: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut

By Laurie Keller,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Bowling Alley Bandit as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

As Mr. Bing's new pet "doughnut dog," Arnie couldn't be happier. When Mr. Bing joins a bowling league, Arnie gets to go along to practices and competitions. But then Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls. Someone or something is behind the madness. Arnie, together with his team of goofball friends, must sort through the shenanigans and solve the mystery. Get ready for some sleuthing and even some magic.

Full of Laurie Keller's winning charm and silly humor, this chapter book―the first in the series―is sure to please her many fans. This title has Common Core connections.

Bowling Alley Bandit is…


Nom Nom: Opposites

By Forrest Everett,

Book cover of Nom Nom: Opposites

Why this book?

For youngsters ages 2 to 5 learning concepts, this board book is bright and fun and focuses on animated food to illustrate opposites. What I love is the clever side comments by the food. And their eyes that look like googly eyes. I love googly eyes. These friendly foods will give kids food for thought!

Nom Nom: Opposites

By Forrest Everett,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Nom Nom as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Nom Nom Opposites gives young minds food for thought—literally! Kids who love Shopkins and Num Noms will enjoy learning their opposites with the help and encouragement of adorable picnic food characters found throughout. Even the book feels like food packaging with an acetate window on the front cover hinting at the delicious contents inside. It's food. It's education. It's cute. It's Nom Nom Knowledge!


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