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Our Little Kitchen

illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

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list price: $19.95
also available: eBook
published: Sep 2020

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 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: http://www.jilliantamaki.com/ Visit Jillian Tamaki's blog: http://blog.jilliantamaki.com/ Check out Jillian's webcomic: http://mutantmagic.com/ Follow Jillian on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dirtbagg
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
4 to 8
k to 3
Reading age:
4 to 8
  • Commended, CBC Books Best Canadian Picture Books
  • Commended, Washington Post Best Children’s Books
  • Commended, Globe 100 Favourite Books
  • Commended, 49th Shelf Canadian Books of the Year
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, New York Times Best Children’s Books of the Year
Editorial Reviews

[A] a vibrant picture book.


— Vancouver Writers Fest

Our Little Kitchen is a celebration of full bellies and looking out for one another.


— Book Riot

[W]hat’s most striking is Tamaki’s gentle but empowering message about the need to be kind.


— Globe and Mail

[V]ibrant illustrations and fun text.


— Buffalo News

[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.


— New York Times

[A] lively, rousing picture book.


— Canadian Children's Book Centre

Warm and inviting.


— Canadian Children’s Book News

Tamaki’s colors are bright and the energy from the book gives out so much happiness. … The book is about hope and love for each other.


— International Examiner

Energetic, filled to the brim with compassion and ever-changing perspectives, this book needs to be in every school library and classroom.


— Sal’s Fiction Addiction Blog

Our Little Kitchen shines.


— Picture Book Builders Blog

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