I love books that are about food! Since I had kids, I kinda obsess over them and try to make them into a fun project. Now that I teach online Child Nutrition courses I wanted to provide my students with a comprehensive list of books that teach about food that they can print off and keep with them as they progress in their careers with kids. I also enlisted the help of some of my dietitian colleagues in sharing their favorites with me. I have these broken down into categories to make it easier to navigate. If you hang on until the end, you can get all these on one printable to keep with you and share.
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Books on Fruits and Vegetables
Eating the Alphabet from A to Z by Lois Ehlert is one of my favorites. She does such a great job of visually presenting fruits and vegetables with the alphabet. It’s for Pre K and younger.
Where Do Bananas Come From? A Book of Fruits By Dani Lebovitz, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE, is so adorable, fun, and educational! There is so much information on fruit presented in a fun way. This is definitely one to add to the library.
Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet by Mrs. Peanuckle
Go, Go, Grapes! A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre
Rah – Rah – Radishes! A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Carrot Soup by John Segal
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert is an easy to follow story with an actual recipe at the end. This would be such a fun classroom activity.
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
The Boy Who Loved Broccoli by Sarah A. Creighton
Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss
Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks
Food Allergy Books
The Princess and the Peanut Allergy by Wendy McClure will help kids gain an understanding of what the allergic child goes through.
The Peanut Free Cafe by Gloria Coster is a really cute book about dealing with peanut allergies at school.
The Bugabees: Friend with Food Allergies by Amy Recob
I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato by Lauren Child
The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
Gregory, The Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vicki Cobb is one I am diving into with my kids! I really like how it’s laid out and the experiments.
Edible Science: Experiments You Can Eat by National Geographic
Kitchen Science Labs for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke
Books About Different Foods
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
This classic is typically used around March 2nd for Read Across America. I even have a cute food idea for it, Green Eggs and Ham Muffins!
Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle is a very nice book that takes a child though making pancakes. It has a recipe for you to make with your child.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Tyler Makes Spaghetti by Tyler Florence
To Market, To Market by Nikki McClure
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett
Dragons Love Tacos and Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin
If You Give a Pig A Pancake by Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell and Lillian Hoban
The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola
Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Background By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Pinkalicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann
Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington
Rodeo Ron and His Milkshake Cows by Rowan Clifford
Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
N is for Nutrition by Todd Skene and Amneet Aulakh
If you braved it to the end, here is your 40+ BOOKS ABOUT FOOD!
Author: Betsy Ramirez
Betsy is a registered dietitian/nutritionist, homeschool mom, & fairy tale junkie, who loves getting crafty. Being on my bike and lifting weights are my therapy. Thinking outside the box is my jam!
Brittany Poulson says
This is such a fun list! I’ll definitely be checking some out for my boys!
Betsy Ramirez says
Thanks so much, Brittany! I hope you find some you enjoy! Pancakes, Pancakes is fun to make with my kids!
Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN says
I absolutely love this Betsy! Great job putting this list together. So many fun gift ideas for parents too!
Betsy Ramirez says
Thanks, Jessica! So glad you find it helpful! It was so great to see so many options available!
Another great one is ‘N is for Nutrition: Rhymes by the Alphabet’
Betsy Ramirez says
Yes, I just updated the list! Thanks for letting me know!