I am excited for my neighborhood farmers market to open for the season this weekend. When we start walking to the local farmers market, it starts to feel like summer for me. There are a couple great, new picture books to get your kids excited about the farmers market too.
The newest book from Nikki McClure, one of my favorite illustrators, is To Market, To Market. The unique paper-cut illustration style, which she creates with an x-acto knife and black construction paper, have a classic feel that is a perfect fit for a story about a family trip to a farmers market. To Market, To Market alternates story and information. We learn about the vegetables, crafts, and other goods that are at the market from how it was grown or produced to how it ended up at the market. The result is a great blend of fiction and nonfiction that will appeal to a wide range of ages. Learn more about Nikki McClure’s work in this interview on the fabulous children’s literature blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
A bit tangentially, I recently learned about the pregnancy and baby journals that Nikki McClure illustrated. I’m excited to gift them to my soon-to-be-mama friends. What lovely little books in which to capture such special moments!
Now back to the topic at hand.
Rah, Rah Radishes: A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre would be a great way to build enthusiasm for good, healthy food whether from a farmers market or not. The simple rhyme begs to be read aloud, and it just may encourage a picky eater to see what they might be missing when they turn up their nose at the veggies on their plates. The author’s vibrant photographs were all taken at her local farmers market in Indiana. It would be a great choice as a lead up to a farmers market scavenger hunt.
How do you make your trips to the farmers market fun for the whole family?
Mindy Rhiger is a librarian, book reviewer, and mama. She blogs about books, music, and family life in Minneapolis on Proper Noun Blog.