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Food Field Trips [Lerner Publishing Food Literacy Series]

meet-jill-250-2.pngWhat are two essential skills that when mastered can radically alter the quality of your life? Reading and eating. Learning how to read critically and learning how to eat competently can empower an individual to live a rich, fulfilled, happy, healthy, successful life.

How can parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers, librarians and child-care providers give the children they love a huge boost? Give them tools to build strong foundations. The food literacy series for emerging readers that I wrote, Food Field Trips from Lerner Publishing, is a fun way to equip kids to be and achieve everything they possibly can. 

This series of twelves books helps young children understand conceptual ideas about food—what it is, where it comes from, how to eat it—using photo essays and vignettes. Writers often write the books they wish they've read, and this series is no exception. I was a terribly picky eater as a child, and well into my adulthood. I know that facing my own disordered relationship with food required that I first cultivate curiosity about food, and then joy around cooking and eating. In writing this series, I strive to call on that curiosity in the hopes of awakening interest in my readers. And having been a classroom teacher for the better part of two decades, I build Cognitively appropriate comprehension strategies (for example, self-questioning and monitoring) in the text. Deliberate use of these types of strategies reveals gains in comprehension and abstract and critical thinking.

Food literacy is also a practical part of Social Emotional Learning, particularly the ability to self-regulate and make positive decisions. The phrase “knowledge is power” is frequently attributed to Sir Francis Bacon (mmm, bacon!). Interestingly, the attribution is not for the exact quote, rather a Latin phrase with a slightly different meaning: “wisdom is power.” So, what is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Knowledge is knowing the facts (say, “carrots are nutritious”). Yet, does a possession of knowledge translate into making more-informed choices? Not always and probably not often. (Think quick: “Carrots or French fries for your side?”) But, wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding and common sense (SEL!). So, wisdom is actually so much more powerful than knowledge. Wisdom is choosing carrots because you know they are nutrient dense and that they taste good to you because you have had them before.

Why does this distinction matter? Food literacy is most simply acquiring knowledge about food, where it comes from, how it is cooked or made, its characteristics and qualities, and ways to eat it. But, when hands-on cooking and activities (which you'll find in every book, and in online bonus material at the links below) are added to knowledge, it is compounded and becomes wisdom.

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 Learn more about the books in the series and discover bonus material!

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Explore more about apples. See a recipe in
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Explore more about bread. See a recipe in
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Explore more about cookies. See a recipe in
action and find additional activities and recipe.

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Explore more about honey. See a recipe in
action and find additional activities and recipe.

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Explore more about pumpkins. See a recipe in 
action and find additional activities and recipe.

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Explore more about strawberries. See a recipe in
action and find additional activities and recipe.

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