All summer I’ll be sharing books for kids of all ages on topics that will interest them or offer them a new interest to learn about. Most of the time these will be nonfiction books, but sometimes we can learn from fictional stories too. I frequently learn from books sent during a historical period because usually the fictional story is based on real events.
So, I hope you will stay tuned to these posts. They will always have Summer Read-to-Learn in the title and in the tags. There will be books from some of my favorite publishers like National Geographic, Phaidon, Chronicle Kids, Prestel, and many others.
To see all the posts from my Summer Read-to-Learn series, click HERE.
SPAGHETTI: An Interactive Recipe Book
Cook in a Book 5
By: Lotta Nieminen
Published: April 26, 2023
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Book 5 in the Cook in a Book series features spaghetti! This interactive board book series is perfect for summer learning for your little ones! Toddlers and preschoolers LOVE to help in the kitchen, plus when they participate in the cooking or baking process they are more likely to eat the food they helped to prepare.
The first step to cooking or baking is making sure you have all the tools and ingredients you need. The first page layout introduces all the ingredients and items needed. Take your child into the kitchen and find all the items listed and soon you’ll be making your own spaghetti.
From dropping in the garlic and onions to opening a can of tomatoes to dropping in the spaghetti to grating the parmesan, each page offers an interactive feature for your child to do while learning about the next step in the spaghetti-making process. The instructions are simple and easy to understand and the colored texts help each step in the process stand out.
My favorite part was the actual cardboard fork that comes out to help stir the plate of spaghetti on the last page. How fun! Make sure you have everything on hand because your child will want to have spaghetti for your next meal!
This is an extra heavy-duty board book with nice thick pages and sturdy interactive features. Kids can learn the process in the book and then try it out for real in the kitchen.
Lotta Nieminen is an illustrator, graphic designer, and art director from Helsinki, Finland, running her own New York-based studio. In 2014, she was nominated for Forbes magazine’s annual 30 Under 30 list. In 2010, she received the Art Directors Club Young Guns award. Her client list includes Google, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair, among others.