Zombies Don't Eat Veggies by Megan Lacera and Jorge Lacera

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Mo Romero is a zombie who loves nothing more than growing, cooking, and eating vegetables. Tomatoes? Tantalizing. Peppers? Pure perfection! The problem? Mo's parents insist that their niño eat only zombie cuisine, like arm-panadas and finger foods. They tell Mo over and over that zombies don't eat veggies. But Mo can't imagine a lifetime of just eating zombie food and giving up his veggies. As he questions his own zombie identity, Mo tries his best to convince his parents to give peas a chance.

Super duo Megan and Jorge Lacera make their picture-book debut with this sweet story about family, self-discovery, and the power of acceptance. It's a delectable tale that zombie and nonzombie fans alike will devour.

Targeted Vocabulary:

  • Craving - to have a strong want for something
  • Devour(ed) - to eat hungrily or quickly
  • Cuisine - food cooked in a certain way
  • Fruitless - to get nothing in return
  • Savor - to taste good food or drink and enjoy it completely

Resiliency Skill/Theme

  • Self-aware - knowing what you are like in your interests, feelings, and actions
  • Adaptable - to defend or protect your own needs or interests
  • Take some time to write in your journal about the things you like and don't like. Then, write about a time when you had to "stand up for yourself".
  • Mo was a zombie who loved vegetables, so he was self-aware or his differences. He had to advocate for himself to his parents, who only ate meat.


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We were the people who were not in the papers. 

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale