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'Tis the Season for Family, Food, and Gatherings with Maya from MaiStoryBook

One of my favorite ways to express love is through food. Sharing a meal with family and friends is an intimate experience, and cooking together or cooking for others is an act of closeness and togetherness.

As the season of giving thanks and winter holidays approaches, we set the intention to spend more time with loved ones~ planning reunions, trips home, or welcoming others into our own spaces. We celebrate and connect through gatherings, shared meals, conversation, play, and quiet moments spent together.


To celebrate this special time of year, I've curated a bookish collection featuring 25+ of mai favorite diverse *Food, Family, and Gatherings* read alouds. Included are some of my favorite bookish crafts inspired by these books, and interactive read aloud videos featuring these foodie-family reads!


Check it out below:

The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round by Wendy Wan-Long Shang, Illustrated by Lorian Tu This delightfully delicious twist on "The Wheels on the Bus" features an Asian family gathering around the table, scooping from the rice pot, slurping noodles, squishing tofu, and tapping chopsticks. Sing along with the family as they share laughter, food, and love.

May Your Life be Deliciosa by Michael Genhart, Illustrated by Loris Lora

Every year on Christmas Eve, Rosie and her familia gather together in Abuela’s kitchen to make tamales and tell stories. In her kitchen, Angela shares not only how to make delicious tamales, but through her storytelling, shares how to make a delicious *life* full of love, laughter, family, and *lots of spice.* This *delicious* narrative is inspired by the author’s own family, tamale-making holiday tradition, and is interwoven with English and Spanish words, creating a flowing blend of languages. A must-read around the holidays, and any day of the year to remind us of the importance and value of storytelling and community.

Watercress by Andrea Wang, Illustrated by Jason Chin

A young Chinese girl's parents stop on the side of the road to collect watercress growing in a ditch on the side of the road. The whole family wades into the mud and mulch to collect as much of the wild watercress as possible. The young girl, embarrassed, wonders why her family can't just get food from the groceries like other families. But when her mother shares a story about her family in China, the girl finds a new appreciation for their foraged food. A beautiful story of second generation immigrants learning about and connecting with their heritage and culture.

Arab Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook by Karim Alrawi, Illustrated by Nahid Kazemi

This collection of stories ties together enchanting Arab folk tales and kid-friendly recipes. Each tale incorporates food, and ends with a traditional recipe. Prepare to embark on a culinary, storybook adventure!

Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules, Illustrated by Kathryn Mitter

As a Vietnamese American, I love the Vietnamese representation in this one! Also, roast duck is one of mai favorite meals! Tuyet is excited for Thanksgiving break and the upcoming holiday. However, when she realizes