Children's books

Originally written by Jodie Rodriguez expert with Growing Book by Book

Food is one of our basic needs yet many children and families around the world don’t have access to the food they need for survival. Explore the problem and solution while reading these children’s books about hunger.

Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt

Maddi's Fridge


Maddi’s Fridge is about two friends one of which has very little in her fridge. But friends always help their friends and Sofia is determined to help fill Maddi’s fridge.

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan

Uncle Willie


Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen is a great pick for introducing children to how a soup kitchen works and who it serves.

Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen

Tight Times


Helping children understand “tight times” is illustrated in this book.  When money is tight choices have to be made to purchase less expensive foods and foods that will stretch.  For example, bulk cereal vs individual little boxes might be a choice during tight times.

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway

The Good Garden

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough is set in Honduras and is based on the true story of families living in the country and Don Elias Sanchez who worked to help families deal with food insecurity in the country. Sanchez helped families learn about farming techniques and increase their food production. There is lots of back matter about tending our global garden, hunger around the world and what people are doing to help.

Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli

Mama Miti


Mama Miti is based on the work of Wangari Muta Maathai who was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This amazing woman worked to pull together people in the country of Kenya together planting one tree at a time for food, shelter, and a better sustainable life.

Saturday at the Food Pantry  by Diane O’Neil

Saturday at the Food Pantry

Saturday at the Food Pantry is the story of a young girl and her mother who get food from a food pantry and all the feelings around that from feeling embarrassed to feeling grateful.


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