Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of July is Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary.
Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, and will hopefully be a fun and interactive activity for the whole family. Head over to Growing Book by Book for some talking points to get the conversation started and an idea for a family service project. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
Runaway Ralph is a story about a mouse who loves to ride around on his motorcycle in the hotel he lives in with his family. He gets fed up with his mom, uncle, and many little cousins and decides to run away. His favorite room in the hotel is the bar where he finds scraps of various foods to munch on. I wanted our dinner to provide a mix of Ralph’s favorites as well as good traveling food that we can take along on any of our adventures. Ralph loves peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches so we served that as a little side dish. We also have roasted in shell peanuts because these are a classic food that Ralph finds in the hotel bar. I thought pita pocket sandwiches were the perfect on-the-go food because your entire sandwich is inside a little pocket and has much less of a chance of spilling. I love this presentation for kids because it enables them to pick and choose what goes into their own sandwich, which translates to a greater chance of them consuming the whole thing. For dessert we have protein-packed granola bars. If we’re going to be zooming around on all of Ralph’s adventures, then we’re going to need all the energy we can get! Granola bars are easy to take on the go and are full of protein and nutrients.
Family Dinner Book Club Menu
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
Build Your Own Pita Pockets
–gyro meat, chopped romaine lettuce, chopped carrots, sliced radishes, red bell pepper sticks, sliced cucumbers, hummus, cucumber yogurt sauce, mashed avocados
Zoom your motorcycle on over to Growing Book by Book for talking points to discuss the book, easy crafts, and a family service project!