From the Office of the Future of Reading

Today’s guest blogger is Elizabeth Castillo-Guajardo, Assistant Principal at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, PK-8 school with Fine Arts magnet program in Houston, Texas. You can follow her on Twitter. I’d suggest making a little snack before reading this post! 😉
Elizabeth Castillo-Guajardo

Well read. Well fed. As a school administrator, I am always trying to instill ways to foster that love of reading not only in our students but my staff as well.  We can share the love of books through our love of food.  Pairing food found in books we read is a great way to not only share a great book but also find that warm, fuzzy, feeling we get from our books in our tummies as well.   

Each month we hosted a Family Literacy Night highlighting one of our core content areas along with our Fine Arts classes.  One of our most popular Fine Arts courses is Culinary Arts led by our trendsetting teacher, Mrs. Kellie Karavais. Our October Family Night featured the book Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown, with a demonstration and sampling of School Stone Soup led by our Culinary Arts students.  They not only harvested the ingredients from our school garden but led the demonstrations and packaged the School Stone soup kits.  Each family that attended received a free Stone Soupbook donated by Scholastic and a kit to make School Stone Soup at home (in addition to the sampling they also received). 

Other books we showcased this year include:





So, let’s consider books and some pairings that we hope to try next year and thanks to Pinterest for some great ideas!  Aside from the classic Dr. Seuss’s, Green Eggs and Ham, other books might include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Blueberries for Sal, Creepy Carrots, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and of course, all the Laura Numeroff books If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Dog a Donut.

More titles to consider….

So, take a Bite out of Literacy and enjoy a good book and be well read and well fed!  

For more information on “The Cultivated Classroom” led by Mrs. Karavais, click here

Other ideas for books and food:

Thank you, Lisa, for this “food for thought” about connecting kids with books through tasty things to eat! Very clever.