Pizza is a natural for storytime – preschoolers (and others) love pizza! It is even available in vegetarian and gluten-free versions, plus, it is a food kids can help make by adding the toppings. For a craft, try making simple paper plate pizzas: each child has a red paper plate, and glues on paper cutouts of cheese, pepperoni, green peppers, or any other favorite pizza toppings.
Barbour, Karen. LITTLE NINO’S PIZZERIA. Tony helps out at his family’s restaurant.
Dobson, Christina. PIZZA COUNTING. Using pizzas, readers learn about counting and fractions.
London, Jonathan. FROGGY BUILDS A TREE HOUSE. Froggy has a “no girls allowed” rule for his tree house, but changes after Frogilina helps with his pizza party.
Morgan, Mary. DRAGON PIZZERIA. Dragons BeBop and Spike open a pizzeria in Fairy Tale Land.
Murphy, Stuart. THE BEST BUG PARADE. The author uses everyday things to show how to do simple math, including how to divide up a pizza.
Smith, Maggie. PIGS IN PAJAMAS. In this story celebrating the letter P, pizza is one of the foods served at the pig’s sleepover party.
Steig, William. PETE’S A PIZZA. Pete plays with his dad, reenacting how a pizza is made.
Stoodt, Jeffrey. PIZZA POKEY. A pizza-themed version of “the Hokey Pokey” song.
Sturges, Philemon. THE LITTLE RED HEN MAKES A PIZZA. A pizza-focused version of the traditional tale.
Walter, Virginia. HI, PIZZA MAN! The audience will yell out the title phrase when each new person comes to the door with pizza in this lively story.
Wellington, Monica. PIZZA AT SALLY’S. Using vegetables from her garden, Sally makes pizza for her customers.
Also see the previous Pizza storytime ideas page from August 2003.