As the weather grows colder in late autumn, focus a storytime on soup as a way to help children learn about cooking and eating vegetables. Be sure to sing the alphabet song and talk about alphabet soup as a method to help parents engage with their children about the ABCs! For a craft project, make paper collage pots of soup, as shown here:
Bertrand, Diane Gonzalez. Caldo, Caldo, Caldo: Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup. Repeated phrases help to hold the audience’s attention during this longer story about making soup; with some Spanish words in context.
Brown, Marcia. Stone Soup. This classic folktale involves travelling soldiers showing a town how to make the title soup, by sharing ingredients.
Burach, Ross. There’s a Giraffe in My Soup. After a boy complains to the waiter about the giraffe in his soup, the replacement bowl has an alligator!
Ehlert, Lois. Growing Vegetable Soup. After growing vegetables in the garden, father and child use those vegetables to make soup.
Everitt, Betsy. Mean Soup. After he has a bad day at school, Horace and his mom make “mean soup” by yelling into the pot.
Hurley, Jorey. Every Color Soup. The concept of colors is demonstrated by ingredients used in making soup.
Iwai, Melissa. Soup Day. A little girl assists mom in making soup on a cold day.
Meddaugh, Susan. Martha Speaks. Martha the dog can speak English after she eats alphabet soup!
Stutson, Caroline. Blue Corn Soup. Mouse’s abuelita makes soup, and the smell attracts other animal neighbors of the forest in this rhyming story with repetition.
Thomas, Jan. Is That Wise, Pig? The other animals repeat the title phrase when pig offers unusual ingredients to add to the soup.
Urbanovic, Jackie. Duck Soup. His friends think Max the duck has fallen into the soup and try to rescue him in this hilarious story.