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Groundwood Books

Our Little Kitchen

Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki • Written by Jillian Tamaki

For students in grades K - 3 | Published September 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781773062631
JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food

Cover of Our Little Kitchen

Regular price $10.99 CAD

40 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Our Little Kitchen

Jillian Tamaki • 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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

About the Creators

Jillian Tamaki

JILLIAN TAMAKI is a cartoonist and illustrator from Calgary, Alberta, who now lives in Toronto, Ontario. Her first picture book, They Say Blue, won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, among many other accolades. She co-created the highly acclaimed graphic novels Skim and This One Summer with Mariko Tamaki, and she is the creator of the webcomic SuperMutant Magic Academy, and Boundless, a collection of short comics for adults. She has won many awards for her work, including a Caldecott Honor, a Printz Honor, the Eisner Award, the Doug Wright Award and the Ignatz Award. Her work has also been named to the list of New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books.

Jillian Tamaki

JILLIAN TAMAKI is a cartoonist and illustrator from Calgary, Alberta, who now lives in Toronto, Ontario. Her first picture book, They Say Blue, won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, among many other accolades. She co-created the highly acclaimed graphic novels Skim and This One Summer with Mariko Tamaki, and she is the creator of the webcomic SuperMutant Magic Academy, and Boundless, a collection of short comics for adults. She has won many awards for her work, including a Caldecott Honor, a Printz Honor, the Eisner Award, the Doug Wright Award and the Ignatz Award. Her work has also been named to the list of New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books.

Awards and Praise

[A] lively, rousing picture book.

  • Nominated Governor General’s Literary Awards for Young People’s Literature — Illustrated Books, 2020
  • Commended Globe 100 Favourite Books, 2020
  • Commended 49th Shelf Canadian Books of the Year, 2020
  • Commended New York Times Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2020
  • Commended Washington Post Best Children’s Books, 2020
  • Commended Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of the Year, 2020
  • Commended CBC Books Best Canadian Picture Books, 2020
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