It’s a really busy week for us this week so I’m posting books that we will be reading this week as well as  some ideas for books about the UK and classic UK authors to give some ideas if you would like to add a reading element to your cooking with children for Around the world in 12 dishes.

Our first is a classic children’s author and a book that I think most children will have in their collection – A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This is great for teaching colours, days of the weeks, numbers and also the life cycle of a butterfly.

Our next is one of my new favourite children’s authors – Julia Donaldson it was so difficult choosing a specific book as there are so many of them that are great but I’ve decided on Cave Baby as it’s a lovely story about a child drawing on the walls and getting told not to but someone/thing loves the drawings so invites the baby to do so. I think it’s the art element that stands out to me.

Paddington Bear is another classic UK series of books – if you haven’t read the stories of the little bear from Peru found at Paddington Station in London then you really must. With his love of Marmalade Sandwiches and living with the Browns – these are books from my childhood that stand the test of time.

The author of another little bear is one of my favourites – but instead of featuring Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne it’s one of the many poems which reminds me of the UK – found in the Treasury of Winnie the Pooh – Changing Guards At Buckingham Palace is all about the Changing of Guards that happens in the London at Bucking Palace.

 Madeline in London is a story of a little French Girl and her 11 housemates on their visit to London – Madeline is a well known character whose adventures have been turned into a TV series and a film – I remember reading about her and her classmates that all live in the same house, sharing the same room wearing the same clothes.

There are a lot more ideas below – I have tried to include as many as I can that I remember from my own childhood suitable for babies and toddlers through to Teens. I hope you enjoy browsing through them.

To find out more about the Around the World in 12 Dishes please visit my Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts and if you would like to cook up a dish and are a blogger then post about it and join in the linky below – once you have cooked with your child and you would also like to do a craft, read a book please also feel free to add these to the linky as well but remember it’s about finding out about the country United Kingdom via the food first and then other elements afterwards.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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