As a nutritionist and a mom, I have always been interested in good food-related books for my kids. Anytime I came across a book that teaches about food, healthy eating, or healthy body image, I bought it (even before I was a parent).
Here are just a few of my favorites (for young children):
“Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z” by Lois Ehlert is good for babies on up. Great pictures give exposure to all kinds of fruits and vegetables. As children get older and verbal they can pick out something at the market after seeing it in the book.
“Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey is a classic that was read to me when I was a child. It’s about a mother and child who go blueberry picking on the same hill as a bear and her cub.
“Bread and Jam for Frances” by Russell Hoban. Poor Frances only wants to eat the same thing meal after meal until she gets bored and learns that variety is a good thing.
“Berenstein Bears and Too much Junk Food” Besides the use of the word “chubby” that I don’t like, this book has great lessons about food and exercise.
“Cat in the Hat: Oh the Things you can do that are good for you” Great book with rhymes and information about healthy eating, exercise and other healthy habits.
“Shapesville” by Andy Mills and Becky Osborn. This book is all about loving the body you have and celebrating that we are all different shapes and sizes.