Pizza-Themed Books for Any Day of the Year | Brittney Uecker, Youth Services Librarian

It’s not National Pizza Day or Week or Month, but we don’t need a specially designated holiday to partake in the joy that is pizza. These brand new additions to the youth collection are all about pizza and will make you want to grab a slice as soon as you can.

            “Every Night is Pizza Night” by James Beard Award winner, J. Kenji López-Alt, follows pizza-loving kiddo, Pipo, in her journey to prove the ‘scientific fact’ that pizza is the world’s best food. As Pipo visits each neighbor in her apartment building, she is introduced to new cuisines from around the globe — bibimbap, tagine, red beans and rice, pozole, and more. Her experiment begins to defy her expectations as she realizes that it is possible to have more than one favorite food, because what makes a dish ‘the best’ is the people you get to share it with.

            Want to test Pipo’s theory out with your own pizza? Check out “Making Pizzas with Crust, Sauce, and Toppings” by Megan Borgert-Spaniol. This nonfiction selection explores all the possibilities of pizza through each layer of crust, sauce and toppings. There are basic kitchen prep tips, unique pizza recipes, and an emphasis on engaging your imagination to be a maker in the kitchen and beyond. The Chicken Alfredo French Bread Pizza looks especially scrumptious.

            The latest addition to the “Pizza and Taco” series by Stephen Shaskan brings together pizza, tacos, and rock music in a hilarious graphic novel. Best friends Pizza and Taco know how to start a rock band: pick a rad name (Awesome Yaaas), choose a sound (ROCK!), get some instruments (a toy guitar and tambourine), learn to play them (as well as a pizza and taco can), and write a song (“Best Friend Dance”). It turns out starting a band is really hard, and being best friends is really easy.

            Pizza craving still not satisfied? There are plenty of other pizza-themed books in our youth area to meet your needs, including “Secret Pizza Party” by Adam Rubin, “A Pizza with Everything on It” by Kyle Scheele, “Pizza My Heart” by Mika Song, “Pete’s a Pizza” by William Steig, and more. Visit your Lewistown Public Library to check some out today.

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