Making healthy choices is a concept that children can grasp at an extremely early age. Introducing age-appropriate books focused on healthy eating is one effective way to support your child’s learning process when it comes to nutrition. It not only provides a positive message in an engaging and familiar way, but instills an appreciation of literature and family-bonding.
“I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato” by Laura Child
Charlie has a sister named Lola, and she is a picky eater. Lola is not a fan of many vegetables — such as peas and carrots — but she especially does not like tomatoes! Charlie encourages Lola to overcome her fussiness creatively by convincing her that the veggies are not exactly what they seem. The vibrant illustrations and clever dialogue make “I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato,” by Laura Child, an enjoyable book to read with your children — especially siblings.
“Today Is Monday” by Eric Carle
“Today is Monday,” by Eric Carle, comes with a catchy tune and a positive lesson. It not only introduces your child to yummy food, but teaches her about the days of the week. An entertaining sing-a-long book with beautiful pictures, “Today is Monday” is full of silly animals eating a variety of dishes, including a sweet treat at the end.
“Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey
The classic book “Blueberries for Sal,” by Robert McCloskey, was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1949. Little Sal and her mother venture out to Berry Hill to gather blueberries for winter. However, the mischievous Sal just can’t help but taste a few berries on their journey. Similarly, a baby bear and his mama are on the same trip, only their plan is not to gather berries, but to eat them in preparation to hibernate! “Blueberries for Sal” is an educational introduction to fruit, wildlife, seasons and family relationships. The illustrations are primarily dark blue, which corresponds perfectly with the yummy blueberries Sal loves to eat.
“Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert
If you have a little chef on your hands, then “Growing Vegetable Soup” is the perfect book to read together. Author and Caldecott illustrator Lois Ehlert uses simple wording paired with bold artistry to teach young readers how to plant, tend a garden and make a delicious vegetable soup. You can also follow the recipe found in the book to make a nutritious meal for the whole family to enjoy.