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Cooks + Books

Join us from home for fun family cooking experiences centered around books!

Do you and your kids like to cook (and eat!) fun food? Do you like books? Then you'll LOVE our Cooks+Books programs!

Each program centers around a popular children's book, with an experienced chef who will read from the book and interactively lead your family in making fun recipes that bring the book to life. Registrants will receive recipes and a list of ingredients in advance so they'll be ready to participate from their home kitchen via Zoom.

Some programs are designed for families with younger children (K-3rd grade), and others for older children (4th-8th grade). You are welcome to register for whichever best fits your family.

Programs are free. Advance registration is required, and limited to 12 families for each program (so everyone can ask questions and interact). Registration is through, which will be leading the programs. (You will create a free account with them and then add your child to the account before registering. Just register ONE child per program, and the whole family can participate.)

After the program, the video will be available for anyone to view.

Questions? Need more information? Email us at, call 217-424-2900 ext. 5 or message us via Facebook Messenger.

Programs (Click to go to the program detail and register. Note that each program also lists a unique enrollment code that you will need.)

Tuesday, June 8, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. K-3rd graders <--- Click to see the recorded program!
Book: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin
Recipes: Dragon Party Street Tacos + Cilantro Lime Rice + Easy NOT SPICY Salsa

Tuesday, June 15, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. 4th-8th graders <--- Click to see the recorded program!
Book: The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
Recipes: Percy's Perfect Personal Pan Pizzas + Green Greek God Salad + Mt. Olympus Honey Lemon Yogurt Smoothies

Tuesday, June 22, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. K-3rd graders
Book: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
Recipes: Cloudy with a Chance of Spaghetti UnMeatballs + Fastest Tomato Sauce Ever + Italian Peach Granita

Tuesday, July 13, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. 4th-8th graders
Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling
Recipes: Golden Snitch Pineapple Cake Pops + Fast-as-Lightning Pineapple Icing + Madam Pomfrey's Iced Pineapple Smoothie

Tuesday, July 20, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. K-3rd graders
Book: Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
Recipes: Mischievous Red Pepper Goulash +Wild Rumpus Buttered Noodles + Green Monster Milkshakes

Tuesday, July 27, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. 4th-8th graders
Book: Chocolate Fever, by Robert Kimmel Smith
Recipes: Henry's Chocolate Fever Chili + Dr. Fargo's Sour Cream Dollop + "Walking Candy Bar" Chocolate Mugs