“My Family Makes This!”: Including Cookbooks in the Classroom Library
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Center for Teaching and Learning
Finding culturally relevant informational books for a classroom library can be difficult. However, expanding the definition of informational text to include procedural forms, specifically cookbooks, can enhance the cultural relevance, range, and number of books available for students to read. Reasons for placing cookbooks in the classroom library include promoting reader interest and providing opportunities for students to read short yet predictable texts. Additionally, cookbooks contain the technical vocabulary of the culinary arts, thus helping readers expand their knowledge of food science. Criteria for selecting cookbooks for the classroom library include layout, font, photographs, physical size, content, and representations of the world and its people.
Walker, S. L., & Walker, N. M. (2018). “My Family Makes This!”: Including Cookbooks in the Classroom Library. The Reading Teacher, 71(6), 749–752. https://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.1685
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