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.
(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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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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