With school back in session it can be hard to find meals that are both easy to make and healthy for the whole family. We’ve made a list of books full of nutritious and fun dishes for kids to create, so bring your kid into the kitchen with this selection of cookbooks for children ages 1-9!

 

Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book
By: Better Homes and Gardens
Age Level: 5-9
These 65 recipes are all accompanied by illustrated characters to add a little fun to the pages, along with photos of the finished meals to give kids an idea of what their creations will look like. With names like “Football Meatloaf” and “Crazy Pet Muffins,” your kids will find these snacks hard to resist. 
The book also includes guides on how to keep safe in the kitchen, how to create a menu and how to stay healthy while still making delicious feasts.

ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food With Your Family
By: Sally Sampson
Age Level: 7-9
This award-winning book explores dishes like French toast, fajitas and brownies that entire families can work together to create. The Academy of American Pediatrics approved each of its nutritional recipes and ever one is inexpensive and easy to make.

Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids: Fun Eats from Breakfast to Treats
By: Editors of Favorite Brand Name Recipes
Gluten-free meals are becoming more popular in supermarkets, but now you can prepare your own gluten-free dishes at home. Enjoy waffles, crackers, cookies and more again with these 85 recipes for kids with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Kids Around the World Cook! The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands
By: Arlette N. Braman
Age Level: 9+
Experience the cultural cuisine of far away countries. Prepare your own meals from Jamaica, India, Egypt and more, like bratwurst, the German sausage, or potjiekos, an outdoor stew from South Africa. Pair it with decorations to make a fun vacation at home and turn your kids into little explorers.

Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual
By: The editors of Klutz, Jim M’Guinness
Age Level: 5-9
Sometimes cooking gets a little messy, but this book’s glossy pages are meant to be easy to wipe down in case of spills. It also comes with a set of measuring spoons so your child can get their hands dirty as they join the action and prepare one of the 46 recipes in the book. Pictures, conversion tables and tips help younger kids follow along while you enjoy personal pizzas, popcorn, applesauce and more.

Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook
By: Nicola Graimes
Age Level: 7-9
Ditch the pre-prepared mixes and explore what it means to cook a truly healthy meal with this cookbook. The dishes are easy to prepare, but they also go beyond simple snacks and sandwiches to create food the whole family can enjoy. Roasted vegetable pasta, bean burritos and more await you in this collection of 54 recipes.

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from the Pantry (Hands-On Family)
By: Liz Lee Heinecke
Age Level: 3-9
Now your child can become Bill Nye with 52 experiments meant to bring science into the kitchen. Recipes like the “Color Changing Magic Potion,” “Tie-Dye Milk,” and “Rock Candy” introduce younger kids to biology, chemistry and physics. The instructions are safe for toddlers, but still exciting for older kids. Though the book isn’t entirely made up of normal recipes; activities like “Egg in a Bottle” aren’t meals you can prepare, but they are fun tricks to explore the kitchen and how things work.

PBS KIDS Do It Myself Cookbook
By: The Editors of PBS Kids
Age Level: 4-9
This cookbook, perfect for pre- and early readers, comes packaged with colorful measuring spoons to help your child learn how to count and measure. The 45 recipes are presented without the need for hot or sharp tools to help keep kids safe as they learn how to become chefs. Meals like “Ham and Raisins on Whole Wheat Hearts” and “Strawberry Tall Cake” are easy, nutritious and delicious.

Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up
By: Mollie Katzen, Ann L. Henderson
Age Level: 3-7
Colorful illustrations that accompany the 20 recipes make it easy for younger children to follow along while you work together to make “Polka Dot Rice” and other fun dishes. But this book also knows it’s not just about what you make, but how you make it. It lists the skills kids can learn from each recipe as they help prepare them.

For a vegetarian cookbook from the same authors, try Salad People and More Real Recipes: A New Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up.

Sesame Street Let’s Cook!
By: Sesame Workshop, Susan McQuillan
Age Level: 2-9
Join Elmo, Cookie Monster and the rest of the Sesame Street gang as they explore 50 new recipes. Discover the ABCs of healthy meals, from avocados to zucchinis, and learn how to add nutrition to every bite. These colorful pages also feature your favorite characters sharing jokes and facts about the snacks to keep the fun going while you wait for your “Best Buddies Banana Pancakes” to finish baking.

The Cookbook for Kids (Williams-Sonoma): Great Recipes for Kids Who Love to Cook
By: Lisa Atwood
Age Level: 5-9
These 60 recipes have perfected the staple meals and snacks of family households. From fluffy French toast to crunchy granola bars, kids of all ages can enjoy making these simple recipes. Photographs also accompany every dish and helpful tips keep kids on the track for healthy lifestyles.

Twice as Good Cookbook for Kids
By: Hadley and Delaney
Age Level: 4-9
Hadley and Delaney are two sisters from Twice as Good, the hit cooking show for kids presented by chefs their own age. The book comes with photos of the finished meals, step-by-step instructions, time estimations and other tips to help children create their own meals like “Pocket Chicken Salad” and “Mini Gooey Apple Cakes.”

Twist It Up: More Than 60 Delicious Recipes from an Inspiring Young Chef
By: Jack Witherspoon
Age Level: 2-9
When eleven-year-old Jack Witherspoon battled leukemia, his passion for becoming a chef kept him strong and active to make it through difficult times. Now he’s collected 60 recipes to help kids develop their own love for cooking. Make your own pot roast, pesto pizza and more with these dishes that’ll keep your child’s passion burning long after they’ve left the kitchen.

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