A storytime on dinner can help preschoolers grasp the difference between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and hopefully convey some healthy eating tips. It can also celebrate the diversity of cultures, with foods from several different countries and cuisines. For a project, try making a chef’s hat from tissue paper and a white cardstock headband.
Ahlbert, Allan. THE RUNAWAY DINNER. Similar to The Gingerbread Man, Banjo sits down to dinner when the food jumps from the plate, on to the floor, and out the door!
Brown, Ken. WHAT’S THE TIME, GRANDMA WOLF? Several smaller animals creep up to Grandma Wolf as she prepares dinner.
Burfoot, Ella. LOUIE AND THE MONSTERS. Louie needs a sure-fire way to make the monsters who are eating his dinner leave.
Cooke, Trish. FULL, FULL, FULL OF LOVE. Dinner at grandma’s house involves a large family where everyone helps (features an African-American family).
Dodd, Emma. DOT AND DASH EAT THEIR DINNER. A dog and cat eat dinner, but one only wants to eat pink things like ice cream.
French, Vivian. OLIVER’S VEGETABLES. Oliver will only eat French fries until grandpa gets him to try vegetables from the garden.
Hoban, Russell. BREAD AND JAM FOR FRANCES. Frances wants to eat bread and jam (only!), until her mom makes spaghetti for dinner.
Kasza, Keiko. MY LUCKY DAY. A fox thinks pig will be his dinner meal, but pig figures out a way to be the dinner guest.
Rosenthal, Amy G. LITTLE PEA. Little Pea does not like the candy he eats at every dinner, but tries to eat five pieces so he can have dessert (spinach!).
Yolen, Jane. HOW DO DINOSAURS EAT THEIR FOOD? In this joyous, brief rhyming story, dinosaurs learn basic table manners when they eat.