Texas Treats

Books to Share

  • Corn - On and Off the Cob by Allan Fowler.
  • The Runaway Tortilla by Eric A. Kimmel.
  • Ruth's Bake Shop by Kate Spohn.
  • Still-Life Stew by Helena Clare Pittman.
  • The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote by Tony Johnston.

Books to Display and Booktalk

  • Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto.
  • The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges.
  • Pass the Fritters, Critters by Cheryl Chapman.
  • The Sleeping Bread by Stefan Czernecki and Timothy Rhodes.
  • Sweet Strawberries by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
  • Who Put the Pepper in the Pot? by Joanna Cole.


Diez tortillas

(By Tina Irene Hager)

(Sing to the tune of "Ten Little Indians.")

Uno, dos, tres tortillas,

Quatro, cinco, seis tortillas,

Siete, ocho, nueve tortillas,

Diez tortillas, yum, yum, yum.


See the Chiles

By Tina Irene Hager)

(Sing to the tune of "Peas Porridge Hot.")

See the chiles green,

See the chiles red

See them cooked in the pot,

Before going to bed.

See the chiles hot,

See the chiles cold,

See the chiles in the pot,

Five days old.

Eat the chiles green,

Eat the chiles red,

Eat the chiles all gone,

Before going to bed.

First you see a smile,

Then you see a frown,

Then you feel a tummyache,

For eating chiles down.

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of rye:

Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie!

When the pie was open, the birds began to sing;

Wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?


3-D Corn

Copy the picture of the ear of corn. Let the children color the cornhusks green and the corn yellow.

Vegetable Stamps


  • Vegetables such as turnips and potatoes cut in half
  • Liquid poster or tempera paint
  • White paper


Children dip a vegetable into the paint then stamp it onto the paper to make a picture. Use as many vegetables as creativity allows.

Guest Speakers

Invite a home economics teacher, restaurant owner, chef, or caterer to speak to the children about healthy snacks.


Texas Reading Club 2002 Programming Manual / Read Across Texas!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011