5 Children’s Books for Raising a Foodie

5 Apr

Raising a child who is compassionate, independent, honest, confident, and possesses a strong work ethic is something that my husband and I will strive for each day in raising our daughter. Lyla isn’t even two yet, but I know that the decisions we make every day, the way we talk to her and to each other, and the activities we engage her in shape her character and the person she will become.

Something else I want her to possess is a healthy relationship with food. I hope that she enjoys spending time in the kitchen and can learn from me the importance of cooking from scratch, family meals, and nourishing foods.

Am I capable of raising a child who loves fast food and everything processed?? Oh, I hope not! Talk about a nightmare.

5 children's books for raising a foodie kid

(Lyla looks really fancy here. She isn’t usually all dressed up like this. It was Easter morning.)

Lyla’s little library of books is extensive. And I’m thankful that she loves to read. We sit so long sometimes and just read book after book. It’s such a fun and relaxing time with her. So, of course, I sneak books in there that will cultivate her love for food. I mean, why not? Start them young, right? Here is a list of our favorite real foodie books.

  1. Growing Vegetable Soup discusses the process of growing a garden from seeds and sprouts, all the way to the exciting finish of preparing a meal with the food you helped grow in your own backyard.
  2. In the Garden (Sorry! I can’t find this one online to link to!) is an adorable book about children picking fruits and vegetables from bushes, stalks, vines, and trees. It is even printed on recycled material! This is a great book to introduce kids to the idea of having a garden in your backyard or picking fruit at a local farm.
  3. Big Red Barn. I love this book. It’s the perfect book to begin the discussion with your kids of where food comes from. The process of food certainly doesn’t start at the grocery store and a feedlot is not a normal environment for raising animals. The Big Red Barn paints a beautiful picture of animals living as animals should.
  4. What Color is Your Apple? explores the colors of many fruits and vegetables. This book includes real photos of the foods so your child can more easily identify new foods when they see them in real life. It’s fun to go through this book and ask, “what is your favorite vegetable on this page?” or “point to all of the foods that you have tasted before.”
  5. I like vegetables. This touch and feel book is wonderful for little ones, with bright pictures and great textures.

Which real food books do you share with your children?

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9 Responses to “5 Children’s Books for Raising a Foodie”

  1. Toni Matthews April 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    In The Garden by Elizabeth Spurr, $6.26 at Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Elizabeth-Spurr/dp/1561455814/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365631624&sr=1-4&keywords=In+the+garden

    • WholeGreenLove April 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

      This isn’t the same In the Garden book that we have, but the description sounds great for this one! :) I think I might buy it!

  2. Brandi Carroll April 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    We loved Roots, Boots, Buckets and Shoots; The Garden That Jack Built; Sunflower House… <3

  3. Karis April 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I appreciate these ideas because I don’t have kids but do have a darling 6-month old niece who I hope grows up to love farm-fresh food. I’ve just ordered three of these books for her.

    • Joanna | WholeGreenLove April 9, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Hi Karis,

      I’ve done the same thing! We don’t have children yet either, so I’ve enjoyed getting fun foodie/environmental books for our friends children :) I hope your sweet niece enjoys them!

  4. Nancy April 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    As Lyla’s grandma, I can attest to the fact that she loves these books. She particularly loves “What Color is Your Apple.” A nice feature of “I Like Vegetables” is that it incorporates opposites: above, below, in, out, etc. which are important concepts for kids to learn.

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