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National Pizza Day

The CBC Holidays Series explores stories that relate to specific holidays so that readers of all ages can celebrate in the best way… with a good book!

Today is National Pizza Day, where we celebrate this cheesy, fun-to-eat food we can all grab a slice of. Whether it’s from your local pizzeria or made fresh at home, pizza is a staple and crowd-favorite in our daily lives with seemingly endless toppings: classic pepperoni, fresh green bell peppers, juicy pineapple, and so many more!

For those who want to know some history about pizza, we can look to Naples during the 1700s to early 1800s. They had the thought to create an inexpensive dish to help feed their hungry population. Thus the flatbread with tomatoes, cheese, oil, garlic, and anchovies was born as one of the first pizzas!

Let’s celebrate National Pizza Day by ordering or creating your favorite pizzas today! 🍕

Bizzy Bear: Pizza Chef, written and illustrated by Benji Davies (Candlewick Press) — Fiction, Board Book, Food, Animals, Concepts, ages 0-3.

Cosmic Pizza Party, by Nick Murphy and Paul Ritchey; illus. by Bea Tormo (Andrews McMeel Publishing) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Animals, Humor, ages 7-12.

Fiesta de pizzas: Pizza Party (Spanish edition), by Karen English; trans. by Aurora Humaran and Leticia Monge; illus. by Laura Freeman (Clarion Books) — Fiction, Prose, Food, Spanish, Series, ages 7-12.

How It Happened! Pizza: The Cool Stories and Facts Behind Every Slice, by Paige Towler (Union Square Kids) — Nonfiction, Prose, History, Food, Series, ages 7-12.

Nothing Beats a Pizza, by Loris Lesynski; illus. by Deirdre Betteridge (Annick Press) — Nonfiction, Poetry, Food, Humor, ages 7-12.

Papa Pizza Mouse, by Michael Garland (Holiday House / Pixel Ink / Peachtree) — Fiction, Board Book, Animals, Food, Action / Adventure, ages 0-3.

Pizza and Taco: Rock Out! (A Graphic Novel), by Stephen Shaskan (Random House Graphic) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor, Food, Series, ages 4-6.

Pizza Is the Best Breakfast (And Other Lessons I’ve Learned), by Allison Gutknecht; illus. by Stevie Lewis (Simon & Schuster / Aladdin) — Fiction, Prose, Humor, Food, ages 7-12.

A Pizza My Heart, by Steph Stilwell (Little Bee Books) — Fiction, Board Book, Food, Novelty / Pop-Up, How-To / Activity, ages 0-3.

A Pizza with Everything on It, by Kyle Scheele; illus. by Andy J. Pizza (Chronicle Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Food, Humor, ages 4-6.

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous, by Kathryn Williams (Macmillan / Square Fish) — Fiction, Prose, Food, Romance, Teen.

Rosa’s Big Pizza Experiment, written and illustrated by Jessica Spanyol (Child’s Play) — Fiction, Picture Book, Food, Imagination / Play, Technology / Computers, ages 4-6.

Celebrate National Pizza Day by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.

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