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Yummy Books About Food and Healthy Eating

Have you ever tried to convince your child to eat their vegetables? You were possibly met with exclamations of “yuck!” or eye rolls in response to your logic about maintaining a well-balanced diet. Just as you turn to the library for good books about potty training or ABCs, books are a great way to introduce your child to the colorful world of fruits and veggies and turn dinnertime into a fun exploration of food.

Eat your way through the alphabet and color wheel, or share stories about families enjoying food together. Choose child-friendly cookbooks, or read about where our food comes from. Visit the Richland Library Farmers Market together and encourage your child to choose his own box of produce. Talk about the color, aroma, texture, and taste of the produce you bring home, and share it together.

My toddler loves to watch me slice into the smooth purple of eggplant to reveal the surprise white inside, laughs at my beet-stained fingertips, and eats entire bananas pretending to be a monkey. Exploring can be yummy and fun, and so are these books, waiting to be devoured by you and your little one.


Amazon Says: Rah, rah, radishes, red and white! Carrots are calling. Take a bite! Oh boy, bok choy, Brussels sprout. Broccoli! Cauliflower! Shout it out! Know any kids who don't like more...
Amazon Says: Rah, rah, radishes, red and white! Carrots are calling. Take a bite! Oh boy, bok choy, Brussels sprout. Broccoli! Cauliflower! Shout it out! Know any kids who don't like veggies? Here is a book that's sure to change their hungry minds! With a raucous rhyming text, Rah, Rah Radishes celebrates fresh vegetables, nature's bright colors, and the joy of healthy eating. The book's interactive spirit encourages kids to join in on the read-aloud fun, and little ones won't be able to resist the book's vibrant photographs--they're a feast for the eyes! less...
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Go, Go, Grapes!: A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre
Amazon Says: Calling all fruit fanatics! Cheer for healthy eating in this fresh and delectable follow-up to Rah, Rah, Radishes! Rah, rah, raspberries! Go, go, grapes! Savor the f more...
Amazon Says: Calling all fruit fanatics! Cheer for healthy eating in this fresh and delectable follow-up to Rah, Rah, Radishes! Rah, rah, raspberries! Go, go, grapes! Savor the flavors. Find fruity shapes! Blackberries. Blueberries. Bag a bunch. Strawberry season? Let’s munch-a-munch!      Get ready to go bananas at the market, where the aisles are filled with eye-popping displays of delicious and nutritious fruits. Ripe with a raucous rhyming text and bushels of eye-popping farmer’s market photos, this picture book celebrates the joys of healthy eating. Children will be chanting along in no time—and trying to snatch fruity snacks right off the pages! less...
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Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Amazon Says: "Dad says we are going to grow vegetable soup." So begins Lois Ehlert’s bright, bold picture book about vegetable gardening for the very young. The necessary tools are pictu more...
Amazon Says: "Dad says we are going to grow vegetable soup." So begins Lois Ehlert’s bright, bold picture book about vegetable gardening for the very young. The necessary tools are pictured and labeled, as are the seeds (green bean, pea, corn, zucchini squash, and carrot). Then the real gardening happens . . . planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, chopping, and cooking! In the end? "It was the best soup ever." Ehlert’s simple, colorful cut-paper-style illustrations are child-friendly, as is the big black type. A recipe for vegetable soup tops it all off! less...
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Amazon Says: While teaching upper- and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Ehlert introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. A glossary at the end provides interesting facts ab more...
Amazon Says: While teaching upper- and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Ehlert introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. A glossary at the end provides interesting facts about each food. less...
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Fresh Delicious by Irene Latham
Amazon Says: In these vivid poems, blueberries are "flavor-filled fireworks," cucumbers are "a fleet of green submarines in a wicker sea," lettuce tastes like "butter and pepper and salt," more...
Amazon Says: In these vivid poems, blueberries are "flavor-filled fireworks," cucumbers are "a fleet of green submarines in a wicker sea," lettuce tastes like "butter and pepper and salt," but sometimes "I crunch into a leaf the very same flavor as rain." The unexpected, ingenious imagery and enticing artwork in this collection will inspire the imaginations of young readers, and show how poetry can be as fresh and delicious as the farmers' market produce it celebrates. less...
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Amazon Says: Fresh retro artwork lures little readers on a tasty trip to farms, dairies, and more. Yum! (Ages 5-8) The best part of a young child’s day is often opening a lunchbo more...
Amazon Says: Fresh retro artwork lures little readers on a tasty trip to farms, dairies, and more. Yum! (Ages 5-8) The best part of a young child’s day is often opening a lunchbox and diving in. But how did all that delicious food get there? Who made the bread for the sandwich? What about the cheese inside? Who plucked the fruit? And where did the chocolate in that cookie get its start? From planting wheat to mixing flour into dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Healthy tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu. Back matter includes an index. less...
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Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer
Amazon Says: A bold and graphic farm-to-table story, told entirely in words beginning with the letter "s"! From sowing seeds in spring to savoring succotash, follow the creation of more...
Amazon Says: A bold and graphic farm-to-table story, told entirely in words beginning with the letter "s"! From sowing seeds in spring to savoring succotash, follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm summer evening. Told entirely in words beginning with the letter "s," this book will give children an appreciation for the process by which their food travels to the dinner table. Mike Austin cleverly incorporates Rubin Pfeffer's words into his art and creates a visual feast in which kids will love to indulge! Layers of humor and storytelling make this worth many revisits. less...
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Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
Amazon Says: Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry more...
Amazon Says: Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal. The energy and enthusiasm of the young narrator are conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artist’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean American family. Even young readers who aren’t familiar with the dish will recognize the pride that comes from helping Mama, the fun of mixing ingredients together in a bowl, and the pleasure of sharing delicious food. Includes author’s own recipe. less...
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Lunch by Denise Fleming
Amazon Says: It's time for lunch, and one little mouse is famished! In fact, he's so hungry that once he starts eating, he can't stop. He sinks his teeth into a crisp white turnip, gobbles more...
Amazon Says: It's time for lunch, and one little mouse is famished! In fact, he's so hungry that once he starts eating, he can't stop. He sinks his teeth into a crisp white turnip, gobbles up some orange carrots, devours an ear of yellow corn, then tosses back some tender green peas. He's full, but this mouse keeps on munching until his bulging belly won't hold another bite. Parents will see their own toddlers in this perky tale, and toddlers won't get enough of the gregarious little mouse. They'll proudly identify the colors of his (and their) favorite foods, and enjoy guessing what fruit or vegetable he'll eat next. Color-savvy readers are sure to spot the rainbow contained in the background pages-- and almost everyone will agree that this is one book about colors that makes the plain old primaries look positively pale! An ALA Notable Book less...
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Amazon Says: From a Caldecott Honor artist comes a mouth-watering celebration of good things to eat that’s perfect for warm-weather reading and combines learning to count with color c more...
Amazon Says: From a Caldecott Honor artist comes a mouth-watering celebration of good things to eat that’s perfect for warm-weather reading and combines learning to count with color concepts! One by one, 10 very hungry rabbits find 10 very yummy vegetables for Mama Rabbit's soup pot. One big purple cabbage, two white onions, three yellow peppers, and so on through 10—garden vegetables have never looked so appetizing! Here Anita Lobel makes a delightful story for preschoolers with the two most basic early learning concepts, counting and color. And her beautiful illustrations of vegetables might even tempt picky eaters into new adventures in eating! less...
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Amazon Says: The Forest Feast for Kids includes the most kid-friendly favorites from The Forest Feast, along with 20 new recipes, plus ideas for kids’ parties and easy-to-follow instruct more...
Amazon Says: The Forest Feast for Kids includes the most kid-friendly favorites from The Forest Feast, along with 20 new recipes, plus ideas for kids’ parties and easy-to-follow instructions on techniques, measurements, and other helpful kitchen aides. The first children’s cookbook from New York Times bestselling author and popular food blogger Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast for Kids, serves up kid-friendly vegetarian recipes that are quick, easy, and fun to make. This cookbook showcases the rustic simplicity of the fare through vibrant colorful photography of Gleeson’s beautiful home in the woods and of children cooking the dishes themselves.   Each meal is simple and full of fresh and lively flavors that will appeal to kids. The natural beauty of Gleeson’s surroundings and the abundance of local produce serve as the inspiration for recipes such as:  Pesto Pepper PizzaRainbow Chard QuicheKale TacosWatermelon Smoothies  In addition to its recipes—which span meals, party food, snacks, and beverages—this nonfiction book includes ideas for crafty table decoration, party ideas, an illustrated guide on kitchen safety, and a glossary of culinary terms. The recipes are complemented by a mix of stunning photographs and art, including Gleeson’s own fanciful watercolor illustrations and hand lettering.   This beautifully designed kid-friendly cookbook is perfect for foodies and parents looking for healthy recipes for children. It will also appeal to fans of Erin Gleeson’s blog and The Forest Feast. Parents.com says "Have you ever wanted to crawl into a cookbook and live in its world? That’s how I feel when I page through Erin Gleeson’s gorgeous The Forest Feast for Kids." Also available from Erin Gleeson:The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the WoodsandThe Forest Feast Gatherings.   less...
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Amazon Says: For kids who cook in a play kitchen or a real kitchen, this interactive recipe book invites readers to chop the vegetables, mash the avocado, warm the tortillas, and more - more...
Amazon Says: For kids who cook in a play kitchen or a real kitchen, this interactive recipe book invites readers to chop the vegetables, mash the avocado, warm the tortillas, and more - all inside the book!Step one: Cut the chicken into cubes and toss it in a bowl with the spices.Step two: Warm oil on a skillet on the stove, then add the chicken.Step three: While the chicken cooks, chop the scallions, slice the radishes, shred the cabbage, mince the cilantro.Simple yet accurate recipe text takes readers through the steps of cooking tacos, while the interactive novelty features such as pull tabs, sliders, wheels, and pop-out pieces invite them to participate in the process. Perfect for kids who love to help in the kitchen, or any child who prefers to "do it myself." This is the third title in the COOK IN A BOOK series. less...
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