Are you looking for healthy eating books to inspire your toddler’s palate? Discover 10 captivating reads that can transform mealtimes from battles to fun adventures. These must-read books for toddlers and preschoolers will help change their attitude towards food, making them more open to trying new flavors and embracing a healthier diet. Let the power of storytelling nurture your little one’s love for nutritious eating!
10 Must Read Healthy Eating Books for Toddlers
1.Lunchbox: The Story of Your Food
As our food gets more and more processed, we get more disconnected from its actual source. This book is, as it’s name indicates, a story about where the food on your plate comes from. It’s one of the books that promotes healthy eating for toodlers. Lunchbox staples are selected and their journey is traced from their starting points – very informative for young minds!
Another essential healthy eating book is this. Part of the Toddler Tools series, this book focuses not just on nutrition, but on manners and good habits as well. The book emphasizes the importance of small but important acts like washing hands, using a napkin and the all important one – try at least one bite! With detailed illustrations, this book is sure to appeal to youngsters.
3.Why Should I Eat Well?
Anyone with a young child is familiar with the incessant torrent of questions they ask everyday, most of them beginning with ‘Why?’!! Well here is the answer to the ‘why’ of eating well; a book that is part of the ‘Why Should I’ series. Like the other books in the series, an important question is addressed here, and the book explains why it is important to eat only good, nutritious food.
4.Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition
This book may seem a little advanced at first, but it is probably the best book to explain the importance of healthy food. With a lot of emphasis on pictures rather than text, kids won’t get bored and can learn a lot from the illustrations that encompass a good deal of detail.
5.Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z
What do you do when you want to teach your child the alphabet along with the names of fruits and vegetables? You get a book that does both, of course! This beautifully illustrated book features a number of fruits and vegetables for each letter, some familiar and some not so much. The pictures are very inviting and are sure to draw the kids in. Tip: After reading, get them to make a collage of food starting with each letter.
6. Picky Nicky
Join Picky Nicky on her food adventure in this funny and engaging healthy eating book for your li’l ones. Will she listen to her parents and try something new?
7. I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola)
Charlie and Lola fans, rejoice! This book is a great example of how an older sibling can influence a younger one’s eating habits. Charlie urges Lola to eat foods she doesn’t like by giving them some creative back-stories. It’s still not an easy job and whether Lola is convinced or not remains to be seen! Falling under the category of some healthy eating books, this is a must-read.
8. Burger Boy
Another one from our collection of the books for toddlers is this one. If you have a McDonald’s or KFC fan at home, this one’s for you. Benny loves burgers and only burgers. Like all exasperated Moms, Benny’s Mom says that at this rate he’ll turn into a burger one day. And that is exactly what happens!! What follows is a funny adventure that’ll have little ones in splits, and think twice about a burger next time!
9. Carrots grow Underground (How Fruits and Vegetables Grow)
This one is a must-read book for toddlers, which is a lovely little book for young kids and describes how carrots grow from under the soil. In this age of urban living, this book brings back the feel of playing in the mud, sowing seeds and watering them lovingly. Who knows, even your little prince or princess may be inspired to grow some carrots!
10. Green Eggs and Ham
When compiling a list of healthy eating books for toddlers, how can we leave behind the much loved Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss? Sam repeatedly offers our protagonist green eggs and ham, which gets refused all the time. The text is rib-tickling hilarious and is a great exercise in reading as well.
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Article By Fabida Abdulla
Fabida is an erstwhile Software Engineer and current Freelance Writer cum Stay at Home Mom to her boisterous 6 year old. In between all the writing, baking, nagging, reading and cuddling, she manages to blog a bit about her crazy life at Shocks and Shoes.