Recommended Reading for Kids: Pancakes for Breakfast


Pancakes for Breakfast, by Tomie dePaola, is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended books for children under 6 years old. Reading expert and Reading Kingdom creator, Dr. Marion Blank explains why:

The only words in Pancakes for Breakfast contain the recipe for pancakes.

This recipe guides an endearing old lady in her quest to make the pancakes for which she is yearning. She faces one problem after another. First, she has to leave her house to collect the eggs from her chickens. Then for the milk, she has to again leave her house and milk the cows. And even then, her difficulties are not over. But nothing can squash this lady’s spirit. She maintains her optimism and her determination throughout.

Along with being funny and full of a range of emotions, this delightful book has some important principles to teach.  As with other well-designed wordless books, this book represents one of those wonderful experiences where parents can tell the story to their children and children can do the same with their parents. The artwork is wonderfully appealing and beautifully constructed. Many adults report wonderful memories of this book and when you pick it up, you’ll see why.

Have your children read Pancakes for Breakfast? What did they think of the book?


Pancakes for Breakfast sits on the shelf of the Reading Kingdom’s “Best Books for Children.” Have a book you think belongs on our shelf? Let us know in the comments below.