Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Tales for Very Picky Eaters


Schneider, Josh. Tales for Very Picky Eaters. New York: Clarion, 2011.

Genre: Fiction, Beginner/Early Reader

Reading Level: AD500L

Summary: This is a story about James who is a very picky eater. He refuses to eat a lot of foods (some he hasn’t even tried before) and his father comes up with a way to get James to stop being so picky. He gives his son options between crazy – and even inedible – “food” and the foods he should be trying. James comes to realize he likes certain foods he previously thought he didn’t.

Rationale for Classroom Use: Students can pick an example from the story and give their rationale for why they choose one kind of food over the other. This will require them to recall details from the story, as well as form their own argument.


Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.


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This entry was posted on June 20, 2013 by in Beginner Readers/ Early Readers and tagged , , , , , .

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