Thursday, May 15, 2014

Recent Lunches

Usually Boogs lunches are based on the books we read together. For some reason, our mornings seem to be a bit more hectic lately so Boogs is taking more "regular" lunches to school. I pack the lunches in Easy Lunchboxes (ELBs) and Laptop Lunchboxes.

Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
This book was inspired by the true life of Luis Soriano Bohorquez. Luis was a librarian and teacher who used his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, to deliver books to children in remote Columbian villages. In the story, a little girl named Ana loved to read the one book she owned. One day, she looked down the hill and saw a man with a Biblioburro sign. The man had two burros carrying books. The village children flocked to him. The man told them he was carrying a moving library with him. He let each child pick out books to keep for a few weeks until he returned to exchange them for new books. Boogs and I have read several books about book mobiles and mobile libraries. He said he is glad kids everywhere can get books from a library even if the library is on a donkey's back.

In the ELB: Alfa drawn on cheese on top of almond butter & jelly sandwich, fruit snacks, salad dressing, salad with little radish books, and nectarine slices.

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Jeanette Canyon
Boogs has recently been researching stingrays for a school project. I came across this book while we were trying to find more information about stringrays. This book is patterned in the same song type rhythm as Over In the Meadow. Each page has an increasing number of a certain type of sea creature. At first, Boogs was convinced this book was too young for me to read it with him. But, the rhythm of the words, the hunt for sea creatures in the pages, and acting out the movements for each creature won him over. Jeanette Canyon's illustrations in this book are amazing. There is a section at the back of the book which tells how the illustrations were made. Canyon used polymer clay to make every part of each picture. The colors and textures of the creatures and their habitats are beautiful. You can see some of her work HERE.

In the ELB lunchbox: pb&j stringray sandwich swimming in blueberry water with yogurt pretzel shells, Goldfish crackers, raisin & dried apricot coral reef, and broccoli with salad dressing.

Here are the "regular" lunches I have made for Boogs recently:

In the Laptop Lunchbox: salami, Babybel cheese, Zbar, apple slices, salad, and yogurt.

In the ELB lunchbox: berries, salad, Babybel cheese, Hawaiian sweet roll, yogurt pretzels alternated with dried mango pieces, and ham.

In the Laptop Lunchbox: strawberries, carrots with hummus, okra chips, crackers, salami, and Laughing Cow cheese.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! This post is linked to Fun Food Friday. If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by. 


  1. Your burro drawing is amazing! I wish that I could draw like that on cheese.

    1. Thanks, Kathy. Sometimes my cheese drawings work out and sometimes they don't. I like to draw an outline with a toothpick before I use marker on the cheese. It helps me keep straighter lines.

  2. These are fantastic! Love the idea of theming around books... although tonight's bedtime story was 'Marshmallows for Martians', which could be fun!

  3. Thanks! Oooo, it would be fun to make a lunch for that book. You could draw on a marshmallow with food writers.

  4. Your donkey is absolutely awesome, and they look like two lovely books, I will have to keep my eye out for them. Your 'regular' lunches look absolutely delicious, I'd happily eat any one of them!
    Thank you for linking up at Fun Food Friday!

    1. Boogs definitely likes the story themed lunches better than the regular ones. It is getting harder to make story themed lunches because he is mostly reading comic books these days.