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Looking for ways to get your picky eater to try new foods? Try reading a fun and colorful children’s book about veggies! This extensive list of 50+ Children’s Books About Food is not only great for encouraging kids to try new foods, but is great for incorporating into school, preschool and summer camp curriculum.
One of my favorite things is to create recipes, crafts and even entire themed parties all inspired by our favorite books and movies! Much of this inspiration comes from popular children’s books and animated movies! And of course, being a chef and foodie, some of our favorite books and movies have to do with food. That’s why today I am sharing 50+ Children’s Books About Food!
Not only is a book, movie or fun craft or activity a fun way to introduce new foods to picky eaters or transform family night into something special, but I often use many of these books when I teach kids cooking classes (so I have wanted to compile a list like this for quite sometime). In fact, many of these books have inspired entire lessons plans for the kids cooking classes and summer camps I run; and are quite frankly some of the most popular lessons for both the kids and the teachers because they are so much fun!
To be honest, this is not even a complete list! There are so many awesome books that center around food or food has a prominent role in the story line. While I have shared many fun recipes and activities (check out these bookworm cupcakes and reading party) inspired by movies and books over the years (click here for my Read It, Eat It and Dinner n’ a Movie series), I hope to do more and will update this list accordingly!
What are your favorite children’s books about food??
Children’s Books About Food:
Books Made Into Movies:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
How to Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell (Click here for a fun, related activity and recipe!)
Holes, by Louis Sachar
“If You Give Books” by Laura Joffe Numeroff:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If You Give a Dog a Donut (click here to make Baked Funfetti Donuts!)
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
Books About Baking:
Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban
Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!, by Janet Stevens
The Donut Chef, by Bob Saake
Dancin’ in the Kitchen, by Wendy Gelsanliter
How to Make an Apple and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman
Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
Books About Fruit:
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, by Don Wood
Oliver’s Fruit Salad, by Alison Bartlett
Watermelon Wishes, by Lisa Moser
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z, by Lois Ehlert
Johnny Appleseed, by Steven Kellogg
Books About Vegetables:
Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks
Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant, by April Pulley Sayre
The Giant Carrot, by Jan Peck
The Enormous Potato, by Aubrey Davis
Books About Picky Eaters and Healthy Eating:
The Seven Silly Eaters, by Mary Ann Hoberman
D.W. the Picky Eater, by Marc Brown
Gregory, the Terrible Eater, by Mitchell Sharmat
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, by Lauren Child
Tales for Very Picky Eaters, by Josh Schneider
A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon
Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food, by Lizzy Rockwell