One book with fun food recipes for kids is "Emeril's There's A Chef In My Soup" with recipes such as Grill-It-Up-a-Notch Ham and Cheese Sandwich and Oh-Yeah-Baby Glazed Carrots. Another book is "Cooking Rocks! Rachel Ray's 30-Minute Meals For Kids" and contains age-specific recipes.
A book that builds skills and teaches the importance of the cooking process is Mollie Katzen's "Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes". The book was co-created by an educator named Ann Henderson and was put together to work with kids at different levels. Another book that promotes children working with adults to create great dishes is "Cooking With Children" by Marion Cunningham. This book puts an emphasis on making time for family and teaching useful skills in the kitchen.
"The Mix-It-Up Cookbook" was put together by the American Girl Library, a name brand company well known to many young girls. This cookbook offers a direct approach to learning to cook by teaching children that the more they cook, the better they become, thus building cooking skills by starting with the basics. Another book that teaches the importance of the whole process of cooking from farms to homes is Alice Water's "Fanny At Chez Panisse". Stories and recipes are told from the perspective of a 7-year-old narrator named Fanny. In addition to teaching kitchen skills, this book teaches kids to be mindful of the ecology of the planet.