Everybody Cooks Rice

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“Nifty neighborhood. Nifty book”—The New York Times Book Review

In this multicultural picture book, Carrie goes from one neighbor’s house to the next looking for her brother, who is late for dinner. She discovers that although each family is from a different country, everyone makes a rice dish at dinnertime. Readers will enjoy trying the simple recipes that correspond to each family’s unique rice dish.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diversity
Copyright 1991
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 1991-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.4
Text Type Informational Fiction
BISACS JUV050000, JUV030000, JUV015010
Dewey 641.6'318
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.875 x 7.5
Lexile 690
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 18397
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Reviewed


Religion Teachers Journal

“This book is a clever – and delicious – way to show diversity and similarities among families.”
Religion Teachers Journal

Reading Teacher

“Rich illustrations and recipes for the many different rice dishes mentioned complete the text. Primary-grade teachers who like to cook with their students will love this book.”
The Reading Teacher

The New York Times Book Review

“Nifty neighborhood, Nifty book”
The New York Times Book Review

Author: Norah Dooley

Norah Dooley is a storyteller and children's author. Norah's widely acclaimed picture books, Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, Everybody Serves Soup, and Everybody Brings Noodles, (Carolrhoda) are four titles in a series about her former neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Norah has performed as a featured storyteller in the Cambridge River Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Albany NY River Festival, 3 Apples Storytelling Festival, Christmas and Spring Revels in Cambridge, and and at the Clearwater Festival. Norah presents workshops and stories for people of all ages throughout New England and also in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Phoenix. She has published six spoken word CDs, and she is the co-founder of massmouth.org, a 501c3 promoting the timeless art of storytelling through social media, education, and live performance. Norah was described as "an entrancing storyteller" by Scott Alarik in the Boston Globe.

Illustrator: Peter J. Thornton