Everyone Loves Lunchtime but Zia

Everyone Loves Lunchtime but Zia

Everyone Loves Lunchtime but Zia By Jenny Liao; illustrated by Dream Chen

A heartwarming picture book about a Chinese-American girl who grows to appreciate the traditional dishes her parents prepare for her and finds a way to share her lunch with her classmates.

Everyone loves lunchtime. Everyone, that is, but Zia.

At school, the other kids are eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and apples on the side. But Zia's always nervous about opening her lunchbox. Her dumpling and noodle dishes look different and smell different. She dreads lunchtime.

Then, during her birthday week, her parents pack her a different Cantonese dish each day and explain what the food represents: a roast pork bun to bring treasure, soy sauce chicken to bring success, and more. At first, Zia doesn’t want to eat her lunch, but once she starts, she just may realize her food could bring her good fortune after all!

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Everyone Loves Lunchtime but Zia

Everyone Loves Lunchtime but Zia

Everyone Loves Lunchtime but Zia By Jenny Liao; illustrated by Dream Chen

A heartwarming picture book about a Chinese-American girl who grows to appreciate the traditional dishes her parents prepare for her and finds a way to share her lunch with her classmates.

Everyone loves lunchtime. Everyone, that is, but Zia.

At school, the other kids are eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and apples on the side. But Zia's always nervous about opening her lunchbox. Her dumpling and noodle dishes look different and smell different. She dreads lunchtime.

Then, during her birthday week, her parents pack her a different Cantonese dish each day and explain what the food represents: a roast pork bun to bring treasure, soy sauce chicken to bring success, and more. At first, Zia doesn’t want to eat her lunch, but once she starts, she just may realize her food could bring her good fortune after all!

Celebrate Black History, Culture, and Experiences All Year

Champion empowering and inspiring stories about Black culture, experiences, and historical figures by adding these titles to your classroom or school library.

Picture Books & Early Readers

Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar
The Green Piano
Ice Cream Man
Juneteenth: Our Day of Freedom
Hair to Share
Smart Sisters
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read
The Faith of Elijah Cummings
Sweet Justice
Dream Street
Harlem's Little Blackbird
No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas
Born Ready
Shirley Chisholm Dared
Mae Makes a Way

Middle-Grade

Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers
Black Boy Joy
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: 25th Anniversary Edition
The Sum of Us (Adapted for Young Readers)
A Mighty Long Way (Adapted for Young Readers)
This Is Your Time
Brave. Black. First.
Recognize!
The Dark-Thirty
Take Back the Block
Defiant

Young Adult

Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman
This Is My America
Maybe An Artist, A Graphic Memoir
Caste (Adapted for Young Adults)
Dreams from My Father (Adapted for Young Adults)
Notes from a Young Black Chef (Adapted for Young Adults)
The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults)
145th Street: Short Stories
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute
Dear Martin

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