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Groundwood Books

Our Little Kitchen

Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

For students in grades K - 3 | Published September 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781773062624

Cover of Our Little Kitchen

Regular price $19.95 CAD

40 pages | 8 in × 10 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Our Little Kitchen

Jillian Tamaki

A picture book about a lively evening in a community kitchen from Governor General’s Award–winning author and illustrator Jillian Tamaki.

Tie on your apron!
Roll up your sleeves!
Pans are out, oven is hot.
The kitchen’s all ready,
Where do we start?

In this lively, rousing picture book from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki, a crew of resourceful neighbours come together to prepare a meal for their community. With a garden full of produce, a joyfully chaotic kitchen and a friendly meal shared at the table, Our Little Kitchen is a celebration of full bellies and people looking out for one another.

Includes two recipes and an author’s note about the volunteering experience that inspired the book.

Key Text Features
illustrated recipes
author's note
speech bubbles

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

About the Author

Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, she now lives in New York City, where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts. She has published two books of personal work and one graphic novel, Skim, with Mariko Tamaki. Visit Jillian Tamaki's website: Visit Jillian Tamaki's blog: Check out Jillian's webcomic: Follow Jillian on Twitter:

Awards and Praise

[T]his color-saturated, mouthwatering whirlwind of a book bursts with energy from the moment its diverse group of characters starts chopping and slicing, whisking and whipping.

  • Commended CBC Books Best Canadian Picture Books, 2020
  • Commended Washington Post Best Children’s Books, 2020
  • Commended New York Times Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2020
  • Commended Globe 100 Favourite Books, 2020
  • Commended 49th Shelf Canadian Books of the Year, 2020
  • Commended Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of the Year, 2020
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