Books for Children on Bread to Supplement a Bread Theme
written by: Elizabeth Wistrom
• edited by: Amanda Grove
• updated: 8/2/2012
Your preschoolers are certainly familiar with bread - but what do they really know about it? Bread books offered here will supplement your classroom lessons about this tasty staple of households around the world.
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Different Kinds of Bread
Bread is found around the world. Introducing this concept is a great way to begin your preschool bread theme. Help to illustrate the point by using books for children. Bread, Bread, Bread, by Ann Morris demonstrate the many different forms in which bread is found. The children may be familiar with some variations - like tortillas - but not know which country they originate from. This also provides the perfect opportunity to encourage students of different ethnic backgrounds to share information about their culture while discussing the different types of breads used in cooking and eating.
Another book with a similar theme is Bread Around the World, by John Serrano. Appropriate for children ages 4-8, this story can be used as a springboard for discussing who eats bread, the different sizes and shapes of bread, the color of bread and even what people like to put on their bread.
The preschoolers in your class will get another glimpse at the different types of bread families eat as they listen to the story Everybody Bakes Bread, by Norah Dooley. In the book, a little girl is sent by her mother on an errand around her neighborhood. As she goes door-to-door looking for a special rolling pin, she is offered samples of the delectable breads her international neighbors are cooking in their own homes. At the end of the book, the author even provides recipes for several of the breads mentioned. As part of the reading, you might want to consider asking your preschool parents to select a recipe and bake it ahead of time, so that the class can also sample the bread varieties.
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How Bread is Made
Once students understand that there are many different types of bread in the world, the discussion of how bread is made would be a natural extension to your preschool bread theme. Books like the story From Wheat to Bread (From Farm to Table), by Kristin Thoennes Keller or Let's Bake Bread, by Hannah Lyons Johnson provide a nice overview of the bread making process. Afterward, you may want to consider letting children make and cook their own bread from start to finish. To compliment the activity, the class can also make their own butter!
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Just for Fun
There are several other bread theme books you might consider using for read-aloud time - just for fun! Here are several titles to get you started:
Sun Bread, by Elisa Klevan
Tony's Bread, by Tomie de Paola
Bread is for Eating, by David Gershator and Phillis Gershator
Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Buttered Bread, by Maj Lindman
Of course, no list of books for children on bread would be complete without a reading one of the well-known classic books for children, Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban. Children of all ages will identify with Frances, who wants nothing to eat but bread and jam. Once again, a sampling of bread and homemade jam would be a tasty culminating event to the entire bread theme unit!
Are you introducing your class to how bread is made? Bread making carries many traditions and opportunities for learning with it. Find a whole series on teaching about bread to preschoolers with book ideas, a theme, lesson and activities.