Can’t get enough of pizza? Gobble up these children’s books about pizza, perfect for toddlers and young children!
Please welcome my guest author today, Jennie Palmer, with her list of great pizza picture books!
The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza by Jennie Palmer
Two mild-mannered witches accidentally bake up big trouble for their neighborhood. Can they stop the rampaging pizza and overcome their crippling fear of the neighborhood kids? A saucy tale of common ground, and uncommonly good pizza, bringing diverse neighbors together.
Perfect for Halloween — and all year round. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Children’s books about pizza
Pete’s A Pizza by William Steig
It’s raining outside and Pete is in a bad mood because he can’t play ball with the guys. So his dad decides to cheer him up by making him into a pizza. Based on a game Mr. Steig used to play with his own daughter, this story will have your own children begging to be made into a pizza too. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
All Raccoon wants is pizza. Delicious, gooey, cheesy, salty, pepperoni covered…sorry, we got off track. Anyway, the problem is no one will let Raccoon have any. So to cheer him up we’ll throw him a pizza party. A secret pizza party. Bring your appetites, your masks, and don’t forget the pizza!
Leave your brooms at home please. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Little Nino’s Pizzeria by Karen Barbour
Nino loves helping his father in his small family pizzeria. But when Nino’s father gets the opportunity to open a fancier restaurant, Nino can’t be as involved. His father soon realizes he misses “cutting tomatoes and kneading dough.”
Karen Barbour’s bright and busy images give a fresh look to this tale about the joy of putting family first. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice by Eric Comstock & Marilyn Sadler, illustrated by Eric Comstock
Mystery + Fractions + Pizza = A story sure to appeal to hungry young math enthusiasts with an ending that will make all readers giggle. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Lorenzo the Pizza Loving Lobster by Claire Lordon
Lorenzo gets his first taste of pizza on the beach. But when he tries to recreate it with his friend Kalena the sea turtle, he can’t seem to get the ingredients right. Kids will love all the yucky under the sea ingredients in this silly pizza story. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Pizza by Frank Asch
Baby Bear has never had pizza before, but after one bite it becomes his favorite food. This simple and sweet story about trying a new food for the first time is sure to be a hit with the pickiest eaters and readers. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Dragon Pizza by Mary Morgan
BeBop and Spike are two dragons who run a pizza shop with delivery to all of Fairy Tale Land. Kids will love to guess which classic fairy tale character the delivery is for based on the pizza order. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter, illustrated by Ponder Goembel
How do you pass the time waiting for the pizza delivery to arrive? A mother asks her child “What will you say when the doorbell rings, and we open the door?” It’s a simple premise with the right touch of silliness to make the time fly. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Pizza Day by Melissa Iwai
Most families have a pizza night, but when your recipe begins in your backyard vegetable garden, you need the whole day. While mom is a work, a father and son make dinner together. Young chefs will be inspired by the story, and the very thorough recipe included at the end. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
And more suggestions from readers!
Serge Smagarinsky@Picture BkSerge
If you’d like to add another to the list, this one combines pizza making with
#ownvoices indigenous culture and is written by a former Australian Children’s Laureate… also perfect for #MCBD
Shake a Leg by Boori Monty Pryor, illustrated by Jan Ormerod
A unique picture book collaboration about having fun, sharing culture, and the power of story and dance. From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance, and cultural understanding. When three young boys go to a pizza parlor and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they’re in for a surprise! [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Jennie Palmer is a New York/ New Jersey girl living in Burbank, California with her husband and 3 kids. She’s worked professionally as a production designer for 14 years, most notably as a senior designer and sculptor at the Macy’s Parade Studio from 1999 to 2011. To learn more about Jennie, please check out her website, Twitter, and Instagram.
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