Nutrition books for children

The Yummy Alphabet Book: Herbs, Spices, and Other Natural Flavors

by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Leslie Evans. Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc., 1994.

Welcome to a delectable alphabet adventure. While on your way to "Z is for Zaatar", relish the savory Mustard, the aromatic Spearmint, and the spicy Wasabi. Mouth-watering color illustrations and an informative, appealing text make this great tasting book of herbs, species, and natural flavors a delicious treat.

Eating the Alphabet

by Lois Ehlert, Illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993.

While teaching upper- and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Ehlert introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. A glossary at the end provides interesting facts about each food.

Chew, Chew, Gulp!

by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011.

This bright, rhythmic book is perfect for the youngest chompers and gulpers. Each page has a big, bold toddler face, minimal rhyming text, and a corresponding label for the food being eaten. So meal time isn't just delicious - it's enlightening too!

The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active and Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids!

By Edward Miller. Holiday House, Inc., 2007.

Beginning with concise discussions of each of the food groups, along with the newly redesigned food pyramid, Ed Miller looks at all aspects of health and nutrition in this accessible and informative book. Fun facts about different foods are included throughout to keep the reading upbeat and clear distinctions are made between healthy and not-so-healthy meal choices. Readers will learn about nutrients, how to read foods labels and what it means to count calories. Readers will also learn how to develop healthy habits, such as making time for breakfast, tips for packing the best lunch, and the benefits of having a sit down (versus fast food) dinner. Overviews on food illnesses and disorders are included as are the importance of sleep and exercise.

Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant

By April Sayre, illustrated by Anne Rockwell. HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.

This book is one of a kind: the only guide to kids' nutrition written especially for kids. A practical, hands-on tool for families who want to eat a healthy diet, this book explains nutrition from carrots to cookies.

In this book, you will learn:

  • all about the nutrient groups—carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals
  • each nutrient's function
  • which foods contain which nutrients
  • how much of each nutrient a kid needs each day
  • how the body digests food
  • all about calories

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food

By Stan Berestain, illustrated by Stan Berestain. Random House Children's Books, 1985.

Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. Papa, Brother, and Sister are eating way too much junk food, and it’s up to Mama and Dr. Grizzly to help them understand the importance of nutritious foods and exercise. This beloved story is a perfect way to teach children about the importance of healthy eating and staying active.

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