“The Irish Potato Famine: A Cause-and-Effect Investigation” by Jill Sherman.
Potatoes and potato-eaters experienced a dark day in Ireland’s history in the 1840s – the Great Famine. A potato blight infected potato crops throughout Europe resulting in mass starvation and disease especially in Ireland. This children’s nonfiction book explains what happened.
“Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament” by Anne Renaud, illustrated by Felicita Sala.
I discovered that some controversy exists over who first invented the potato chip. One story says that a cook in New York “accidentally” created what we now know as potato chips when a customer complained that the potatoes he ordered were sliced too thickly. This charming picture book retells that story; and if it isn’t really true, no matter – the tale is still a delightful one.
“No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas” by Tonya Bolden, illustrated by Don Tate.
Now here’s a true story that kids (and adults) will enjoy reading. Author Tonya Bolden shares how a former slave, Junius G. Groves, made his way to Kansas, rented some farm land, and eventually became known as the Potato King of the World. The publish
er’s description says it all: “…a tale of perseverance that remsinds us no matter where you begin, as long as you work hard, your creation can never be called small potatoes.”
“Potato Pants!” written and illustrated by Laurie Keller.
Mr. Potato Head always looked rather dashing in his blue pants, so it’s no wonder that a potato named Potato (of course) really, really wants his own pair of potato pants. But Eggplant stands in his way (or so he thinks) at Lance Vance’s Fancy Pants Store, so what will Potato do? Read this giggle-filled tale to find out if Potato will get a pair of tuber trousers.
“Sweet Potatoes: Roasted, Loaded, Fried, and Made into Pie” by Mary-Frances Heck.
I cannot have a list of potato-themed books without guides on how to cook them. After all, potatoes were meant to be eaten (my apologies to Potato Pants). Well, how about a cookbook devoted to one variety of spuds, the sweet potato? Learn how to mix it up in the kitchen using tubers on the sweet side.
“Tots!: 50 Tot-ally Awesome Recipes from Totchos to Sweet Po-tot-o Pie” by Dan Whalen.
If someone told me today that I could never have another tater tot, I would cry. These tiny potato bundles are oh-so-tasty and perfect for snacks or dinner, or (gasp!) even dessert. Get tot-ally creative in the kitchen by creating Tots Benedict for breakfast, Deviled Tots as an appetizer and Chicken Tot Pies for dinner.