Eating Better Thru Reading: Children’s Edition

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Sometimes parents can use a great story to advantage. Today we’re exploring a few children’s books that help kids to try new foods. Mom or Dad, during nap time why not go online and request a few of these from the library and buy one or two from Amazon. Then pull them out when needed. Might just have a better dinner that night!


“I’m NOT eating anything blue!” Well, let’s be honest, on the face of it eating something blue doesn’t necessarily sound very good. But blueberries are delicious! And so darned good for you! Watching Sal delight in picking and eating the berries, then being distracted by the bear–well, it just might work! Cue the blueberries and maybe a little vanilla yogurt! Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.




Maybe you’ve decided to cut the eating out budget. Maybe you’ve lost your job. Perhaps you have given in and joined a Dave Ramsey class. Sacrifices aren’t always easy. Soup may not have ever been dinner in your house before. This fun story will help get your children involved in making the soup in a fun way that will leave them wanting to not only make the soup, but also eat it. Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. Or, if you have a small garden, try this one: Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert and this one:  How to Grow a Friend.




Guacamole can look off-putting to grown-ups, so it’s no surprise that children often balk at even tasting it. This book, part of a series, is a bilingual introduction to guacamole, it’s origins and the recipe. I love this book on so many levels! If your little one won’t eat anything Mexican except a meat and cheese taco, the entire series is worth a look!  Guacamole by Jorge Argueta and Margarita Sada. As a fun extras, why not read Avaocado Baby, and Dragons Love Tacos, too?




Blackberries can share the same image problem as blueberries. But it’s summer and, well, blackberries, am I right? Here’s a sweet book that shows one desert passed down thru the generations of one family. Maybe your family has such a desert? Relating the blackberries to it just might help. This book should, too.  A Fine Desert by Emily Jenkins




Tired of getting Chinese only to have to slap together a quick PB&J for you-kn0w-who? This story just might do the trick–it focuses on the story of the chopsticks, not the food. My four favorite little kids in the whole world recently experimented with chopsticks while trying some new foods. I wonder if they read this book? I’ll have to ask. The Story of Chopsticks by Ying Chang Compestine





Say the word “Stew” and some kids freak out. Food is…well…things are…you see.. TOUCHING each other. Bang goes a peaceful dinner. This fun book is worth the hunt–ask about an Interlibrary Loan at your library. (That means your library borrows it from another library for you). Two for Stew by Laura Numeroff



Finally, I’m leaving you today with my childrens’ all-time favorite food book:


How Pizza Came to Queens by Dayal Kaur Khalsa


Leave me a comment with other good books for picky eaters. Other Moms and Dads will thank you!

Did you come here today from the Diverse Children’s Books link up? If so, thank you! Use the Tag Cloud in the Sidebar to click on KIDS BOOKS and see more great books–most posts have at least one great diverse title.







A Little R & R








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