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Adding the Literacy Link to the Integrated Food Curriculum

Last summer I was teaching a mixed aged preschool group, and I learned from two of the children that I was not saying “Bee-Bim Bop” correctly. These girls were four-year-olds who became the experts in our class on their favorite food, and how to prepare it properly. I was learning alongside the other children one of the cultural food traditions of these girls.

I believe it is important to make sure that the children, their families and the faculty are all represented in both the recipes and the literature links to the recipes/plant dyad. Below I have shared one season’s recipes with their picture book links.


  1. Lettuces
    1. Summer Salad with Ranch Dressing two ways: Yogurt Base & Soy Base (vegan)
      1. Book 1: From the Garden by Michael Dahl
      2. Book 2: Vegetable Garden by Douglas Florian
  2. Carrots
    1. Bee-Bim Bop (rice topped with stir-fry carrots and optional egg pancake)
      1. Book 1: Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park
      2. Book 2: The Giant Carrot by Jan Peck
  3. Squash: Zucchini
    1. Three Sisters Summer Soup
      1. Book 1: Saturday Sancocho by Leyla Torres
      2. Book 2: Growing Vegetable Soup by Lis Ehlert

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