Happy Book Lover’s Day! Books can take us on amazing adventures and open up new worlds to both kids and adults. In honor of the day, we decided to open up and share a list of fun books to enjoy with your kids.
Spoiler alert! These five books are on our list because they encourage not only reading, but also healthy eating! You didn’t think we were going to let that golden opportunity pass us by, did you?
by Stefan Page | Ages 0-2
In this story, our youngest readers get to visit local farmers, fill baskets with fresh fruits and vegetables, and then head home to cook a feast, all with goodies from the farmers' market! We just love Stefan Page's graphic art, and the message that choosing locally sourced organic food is important! We’ve long been supporters of encouraging kids to eat healthy by teaching them where their food comes from. Our post about gardening with kids gets them directly involved in the growing process but visiting your local farmer’s market and letting them meet the people who grow their food is another great learning opportunity!
by Lois Elhert | Ages 1-3
The second book on our list is also for some of our littlest ones, and it makes eating healthy fun using two topics that kids this age are learning – colors and the alphabet. Eating the Alphabet walks kids through a rainbow of foods, from apples and bananas to rutabagas. The watercolor illustrations are so vibrant you’ll have to stop halfway through to grab a snack! We’re not the only ones who enjoy this book: Booklist called the original "bright, bold... well designed," and Mother Mag wrote: “Scientific research confirms that exposure to unfamiliar vegetables and fruits through picture books will increase a child’s intake of these foods. This is the perfect book to help do just that!”
by Mitchell Sharmat | Ages 4-8
You might remember this book if you watched Reading Rainbow as a kid! Your own kids will get a kick out of Gregory the goat’s parents trying to get him to eat tires, cans and other trash instead of fruits, vegetables, eggs and fish! This role reversal lets kids be the ones to point out what’s healthy and what’s not, rather than being told.
4. Tyler Makes Spaghetti
by Tyler Florence | Ages 4-8
This cute book from Food Network Star Tyler Florence is on our list because it is all about real home cooking – which we think is so important we even started a series about cooking with kids at home! Tyler and his little dog Tofu spend the day traveling the world to gather fresh ingredients and then making fresh pasta, sauce, and meatballs with a local chef. An adorable way to start raising healthy eaters! If your kids enjoy it, they may also like Tyler Makes Pancakes and Tyler Makes a Birthday Cake. Not as healthy, perhaps, but still delicious!
5. How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food
by Chris Butterworth | Ages 5-8
Do your kids love opening up their lunchbox to see that treats are inside as much as ours do? But how did that delicious food get there? This book tells the story of food from planting wheat to mixing dough and climbing trees to squeezing fruit. For an extra lesson, it even includes health tips and a peek at basic food groups. Bob Stallman (President of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture) says How Did that Get in My Lunchbox is “a great book that unpeels (pun intended?) a whole new world of understanding for kids who want to know more about their food.” And Booklist says that “children who haven't given the subject further thought will find this sunny, high-energy account of food production and distribution an appetizing eye-opener.”
Well, it’s the end of our list any way. We did originally plan on sharing six recommendations, but the last one was booked.
By the way, the book links above are Amazon affiliate links.
What are some of your favorite kids books about healthy eating?