Stay for Dinner


Author: Sandhya Parappukkaran

Illustrated by: Michelle Pereira

Stay for Dinner is a powerful story that celebrates culture and connection through food, from the creators of The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name, winner of the 2022 Children's Book Council of Australia's Award for New Illustrator. 

Reshma loves dinnertime with her family. Her family eat with their hands – not just finger food type–eating, but hands-on squishy eating. When she’s invited to stay for dinner at her friends’ places, she finds out that they all eat in different ways. Some go ting ting with their cutlery, and others go click clack with their chopsticks. So what will her friends say when they see her family eat with their hands?
‘Stay for Dinner is a requirement on every bookshelf as a resource that teaches vital social skills and cultural appreciation—it’s a salve for everyday anxieties any child may feel in regards to fitting in with their peers. This picture book is a wonderful revelation of the true diversity evident within Australia.’ – Books+Publishing

  • A 2024 CBCA Picture Book Book of the Year: Notable Book
  • Shortlisted for the Multicultural NSW Award at the 2024 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards
  • A Bookstagram Best Picture Book of 2023!
  • Longlisted for the inaugural DANZ (Diversity in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand) Children's Book Award
Format Hardback
ISBN 9781761211966
Number of pages 32
Width 225 Millimeters
Height 275 Millimeters
Unit weight 390 Grams