My kids love books. We have so many books in our house, I feel like we need a room just for books alone. We all love to read, but my kids can never have enough books on hand. A few years back I started making Literary Lunches that matched books we were currently reading – and it was a huge success. The kids loved finding their favorite characters in their lunch boxes and it inspired us to read more.
I have put together a few of our favorite Literary Lunches from the last few years. Which of the featured books have you read or would love to read? Would your kids love the idea of Literary Lunches?
Literary Lunch for Bacon Lovers
There is not much I have to say about this Literary Lunch, right? I mean, it has BACON. This bacon-riffic lunch is based on the fun book EVERYONE LOVES BACON by Kelly DiPucchio and let me tell you, we love this book. Bacon started to love who he is. A little bit too much. And he started to forget about the friends back home. Who felt sad without Bacon. Bacon suddenly had fans, he changed. He grew a mustache. He forgot even more about the friends he had and basked in his stardom. Will this book have a Hollywood Ending? Will it end well for Bacon?
While you head to the library to find this book to read to your kids, I’ll show you what I packed for lunch that day:
- Sweet apples wrapped in bacon
- Bacon Butter Popcorn
- and a Waffle-Egg-and-Bacon sandwich (with apple decorations).
Literary Lunch for Stormy Nights
This book is great for kids who are scared of thunderstorms and it made a great Literary Lunch! Meet Bear and Floppy from Salina Yoon‘s new book STORMY NIGHT. When Bear can’t sleep on a stormy night, Floppy, his toy bunny, Bear’s family, and a few tricks keep Bear from being frightened.
Packed for this lunch are:
- a nut butter and jelly Bear sandwich
- and some fruit hiding under the fruit leather curtain
Literary Lunch for Pre-schoolers and Toddlers
If you have younger kids, they might still be reading board books. And they will probably not need a big lunch. Here are two adorable books by Toni Yuly that made two fun Literary Lunches for my daughter.
Meet Early Bird and Night Owl, the wonderful stars of Toni Yuly‘s books. Early Bird likes to get up early and Night Owl loves to stay up late. Both books are beautifully illustrated with bright colors and clean shapes. My daughter loved reading these over and over. To make this lunch to match we packed:
- Night Owl’s lunch includes blueberries and a peanut butter and almond Night Owl sandwich
- Early Bird’s lunch includes blueberries as well (it has to be fair), a raspberry jelly Early Bird sandwich and of course an Early (Gummy) Worm
Literary Lunch for Chapter Book Readers
My older kids enjoy Literary Lunches just as much as my younger ones. This one is for my middle schooler. THE TEMPLETON TWINS MAKE A SCENE is book two of the hilarious Templeton Twin series written by Ellis Weiner and illustrated by Jeremy Holmes. If you have not read book one THE TEMPLETON TWINS HAVE AN IDEA I highly recommend you do! This book is filled with kid-friendly humor, suspense, silliness and many serious words. The narrator is as much part of the book as the reader and gives the reader a quiz after every chapter just to make sure you paid attention. This time around Abigail and John have to outsmart the Dean brothers again, rescue their father and dog and of course the important invention their father built for TAPAS. A must-read for all suspense loving readers!
And for lunch I picked a few things mentioned in the book:
- The Narrator’s Guacamole which is mostly coleslaw (recipe in the book) decorated with a few tools one needs to build clever inventions.
- An apple to stay healthy and smart with a Cryptic Crossword* and Cassie, the Ridiculous Dog.
- A very filling ham and salad sandwich with the Templeton Twins in bread, cheese and German edible paper – I know, I know you expected beef tacos** but ham sandwiches are much easier to eat on the go!
Literary Lunch for Snack
I don’t always have time in the morning to pack a fun lunch, so sometimes we have Literary Snack!
- a cream cheese and American cheese YELLOW CRAYON sandwich which needs to be eaten first
- a cream cheese and strawberry RED CRAYON sandwich which insists to be eaten while you are humming
- a cream cheese and blueberry BLUE CRAYON sandwich which hopes to make you happy and
- a cream cheese and kiwi GREEN CRAYON sandwich who will finish your lunch.
I hope I could give you some fun ideas! If you want to see more of my Literary Lunches, head over to my blog. Or click on Arthur 😉