As far as I could tell, pizza would be one of the foods that American kids like the most. Pizza is so tasty because it has tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a lot of different toppings you can choose from to make it.
In this post, I have put together a list of more than 15 kids’ books about pizza. This is mostly a list of fiction stories, but I also wrote about a few non-fiction books. It’s my hope that your kids will enjoy these pizza-themed books for kids.
Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
The rain is outside, and Pete is sad because he can’t play ball with his friends now.
It’s a clever way for his father to cheer him up – by making him into a pizza! When Pete comes home from school, his father puts him on the kitchen table. Then, as if Pete were dough, he starts to knead, stretch, and throw him around like dough. Next, his father puts oil and flour on the dough (by sprinkling water and talcum powder on Pete). When the dough is ready, his father adds tomato slices (called checkers) and cheese to it (which is really torn paper). Pete the pizza is done baking on the couch when his father takes him to the table to have it cut into pieces. This is the point when Pete runs away from the group. The good news is that turning Pete into a pizza made him feel better. It was after we read this book that both of my kids wanted to be turned into pizzas like Pete. Ages three to seven.
“Hi, Pizza Man!” by Virginia Walter
A simple book that my kids loved. The story is about a girl who tells her mom that she is hungry. The mom tells her that the pizza man will be there soon to bring them their food. Mother: “Will you say anything when the doorbell rings and we open the door? I want to know.” The girl says, “Hello, Pizza Man.” If it’s a pizza woman, the mom wants to know what she will say. This is what she says: The girl says, “Hello, Pizza Woman.” There are pizza cats, too, so the mom wants to know how to deal with them. It could also be a hot dog with pizza. Or a duck with pizza on its head? This story is sure to make young people laugh out loud. The girl imagines a lot of different animals coming to deliver her pizza and how she will greet them. Ages three to eight.
There is a literature unit that goes with this book for kids in kindergarten called 1+1+1=1 if you read it with your kids.
Pizza-Pie Snowman by Valeri Gorbachev
For his pizza, Pinky will get mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, onions, and peas. He is going to town so he can buy one with all of his favorite things on it. He has to deal with a lot of distractions as he walks, like getting covered in snow, but he doesn’t give up on his goal of getting to the pizza shop. Thus, he doesn’t change his mind even when everyone in town is excited about a walking snowman. After he gets home and eats the pizza with his mom, he goes out to look for the walking snowman that everyone was talking about. Young kids will love Pinky’s mistake. He didn’t know that he was the walking snowman that everyone was talking about. Ages three to seven.
Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin
Dragons Love Tacos was written and illustrated by the same people who wrote and illustrated Dragons Love Tacos. This book is also fun and weird. There aren’t many pizzas for Raccoon to have because of his size, so it’s hard for him to have them all the time. If that doesn’t work for you, you can always have a secret pizza party at your house. He disguises himself so that he can order pizza at the local pizza shop, but then runs out before he can pay for the pizza and leaves. He runs as fast as he can, but he’s being chased by broom-bots that can smell raccoons. Finally, he makes it home with his pizza so he can start his pizza party in a secret place. It turns out there is a secret pizza party going on next door with a lot of people and pizza. During the party, Raccoon disguises himself so that he can go. It doesn’t take long before he is found out, and the party-goers start running after him all over again! Ages three to eight.
Pizza by Frank Asch
Papa Bear and Mama Bear decide to eat at the new pizza place in town one evening. He hasn’t tried pizza before, but Mama Bear and Papa Bear say he will love it. Before he eats any of the pizza, Baby Bear lets it cool down. He thinks it’s great! There had never been anything so tasty for Baby Bear. Pizza is what he thinks about when he goes to sleep at night. There are a lot of things for breakfast the next day, but the only thing he wants is more pizza. Ages three to seven.
Little Nino’s Pizzeria by Karen Barbour
When the narrator’s dad owns a pizzeria, the story takes place in front of it. The narrator’s dad runs the pizzeria. The narrator likes to help his dad make pizza, pick up plates when the customers are done, and take the dirty dishes away. Little Nino’s Pizzeria is so popular that the father decides to open a new restaurant called Big Nino, which is bigger and better than the first. When they go to help with dinner, however, the narrator can no longer do so without a waiter walking on him. When he tries to help the chef in the kitchen, the chef pushes him away from him. The narrator is very sad when he or she goes home. But one night, when his father comes back from Big Nino, he’s even more tired. He wants to go back to how things were before. As a happy family again, the dad and the narrator open up Little Nino’s again. They will keep delivering the best pizza in the world as a happy family. Ages three to six
Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington
All of Sally the pizza maker’s steps are explained in this story. She makes and delivers her tasty pizza to hungry customers. Tomatoes come from the community garden. Wheat comes from farms in far away places, and cheese comes from the cheese shop next door. As soon as it’s open, she starts to make the ingredients. Soon, hungry people come in or order food over the phone. The whole pizza making process that Sally goes through, from getting the ingredients to making the pizza, will be interesting to young kids. Sally’s pizza recipes are on the back of the book, so you can make them at home. Ages two to seven.
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philomen Sturges
A can of tomato sauce was found in the little red hen’s pantry. She decides to make a pizza with the sauce. Because no one has one, she runs to the store to buy one. Then she finds out she doesn’t have flour. Her friends don’t want to go to the store and get flour for her. So, the little red hen goes to the store and buys some flour. Then she finds out that she doesn’t have mozzarella cheese. She goes to the store on her own again because no one else will. People don’t want to help make the dough or the toppings. So little red hen does it all by herself. After a long time, the pizza has finally been made and it is huge! Finally! The little red hen asks her friends if they want some pizza, and they all say yes. However, they all agree to help wash the dishes when they’re done with them as well.
Lorenzo, the Pizza-Loving Lobster by Claire Lordon
During his walk on the beach one day, Lorenzo, the lobster, meets a seagull who is having pizza. The seagull gives Lorenzo some pizza. Lorenzo thinks it’s so good that he runs home to tell all his friends about it, and they all want to try it. Lorenzo and his friends decide to make pizza, but Lorenzo can’t remember all of the things he needs to do it. kelp paste is on the first pizza Lorenzo and his friends make together. But it doesn’t taste right. kelp dough, squid ink and algae, and coral rings on the crust. Neither does this. His friends eventually leave because they think pizza isn’t very good. As his friend is leaving, she smells something good. Pizza is being sold by a vendor on the beach. She buys some and brings some to Lorenzo so they can all eat it together. Some of them like the pizza very much. They study it very carefully so they can learn how to make it better the next time they have pizza. A lot of weird things that Lorenzo and his friend try to use to make their own pizza will make young kids laugh out loud. Ages three to eight.
Pizza in Pienza by Susan Fillion
This book not only introduces young people to the city of Pienza, Italy, but it also gives them a history lesson about pizza. There are many different types of food. For example, did you know that pizza came from Naples, Italy and was sold by the slice? If you make a green, white, and red pizza to honor the Italian flag, you might name it after the Queen. Pizza fans who are at least 4 years old will enjoy this short history of the pizza.
Pizza for the Queen by Nancy F. Castaldo
It happened one day that Raffaele, the pizza maker, was asked to make pizza for the queen, and he agreed to do so.
For him, this is a big deal, and he wants to show the queen what a Napoli pizza tastes like. For the pizzas for the queen, he goes to the store and buys the ingredients. Then, he comes back to his pizzeria and makes the pizzas for the queen with the ingredients. There will be green olive oil on the first pizza he makes. There will be fresh plum tomatoes, oregano, and garlic on it. he adds meat and cheese to the second pizza. He also adds basil. A red tomato, green basil, and white mozzarella are added to the third pizza because the Italian flag has a red tomato, green basil, and white mozzarella. When the queen tries the pizza, she likes them all, no matter which one she picks. However, she really likes the third one because it has the colors of the Italian flag on it, which is what she likes best. Queen Margherita was a big fan of pizza. After that day, pizza with red tomatoes, green basil, and white mozzarella slices is called Pizza Margherita.
Nothing Beats a Pizza by Loris Lesynski
This is a book of poems that should be read out loud “with a lot of flair.” Many of the poems have something to do with pizza, but not all of them do, either. The pizza poem version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears was our favorite. Ages 4 and up.