Storybooks about food-check out these 7 that are approved by a Children’s Dietitian to help with fussy eating

Do you want to help your child build a healthy relationship with food and improve the variety of foods they eat? Tired of reading the same storybooks and looking for some new recommendations? This dietitian-approved blog post is for you!

Whether your child will eat anything or is a fan of only beige coloured food, storybooks are a great way to build positive mindsets around food! They can also promote dietary diversity by making your child familiar with new foods and help them learn about where food comes from and how it is prepared.

Best of all, this storytime away from the kitchen table can provide an entertaining, pressure-free environment for your child to learn about healthy eating! It may even have knock-on effects when you do sit down at mealtimes. Especially for picky eaters, books can be a fun, non-threatening way to learn about foods.

Here are 7 of our favourite storybooks:

1. Every Night is Pizza Night

Author: J. Kenji López-Alt

Reading age: 3-5 years

Pipo says it’s a scientific fact that pizza is the best food EVER and she loves to eat it every. single. day. Sound familiar? She decides to prove this by visiting her neighbours and trying all of their favourite foods. Will Pipo discover there are more foods to love than just pizza?

2. Green Eggs and Ham

Author: Dr. Seuss

Reading age: 3-7 years

This is a classic! Whilst published in 1960, this book has stood the test of time as it tells the story of Sam-I-am as he tries to convince a grumpy character to try green eggs and ham. He is adamant he does not like them. Can Sam-I-am convince him that only by trying food can you know if you like it or not?

3. How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food

Author: Chris Butterworth

Reading age: 5-8 years

This book goes into detail about farm-to-fork in a really visual way, answering the question “where does our food come from before it gets to the store?” We learn about bread, cheese, tomatoes, apple juice, carrots, chocolate chip cookies, and oranges. Even as an adult you may learn something new!

4. I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato

Author: Lauren Child

Reading age: 3-5 years

Lola is a fussy eater so her brother, Charlie creates fun and quirky names for her list of foods she would “never eat”. Carrots become orange twiglets from Jupiter! Potato becomes cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fiji! Why not try to do the same and come up with creative names for food at your next mealtime?

5. Which Food Will You Choose?

Author: Claire Potter

Reading age: 3-8 years

At Nutrition 4 Kids NI we love to focus on colour and encourage you to think about the rainbow when preparing meals. In this book, Mummy is bored of beige foods, so she takes her children to the supermarket to play a game. Each day they have to pick 3 foods of a certain colour and then the story tells us what meals they made. After each colour, you as the reader are asked which 3 foods you would choose and how you would eat them. Lots of illustrations and an easy ‘game’ to replicate in real life during your next supermarket visit!

6. Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli

Author: Barbara Jean Hicks

Reading age: 3-7 years

This is a really fun rhyming storyline about monsters who are served broccoli at a restaurant. But monsters eat tractors, rocket ships, and wheels. Will they change their mind about this green tree-like food (and convince your child too)?

7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Author: Eric Carle

Reading age: 3-5 years

No list of food storybooks would be complete without mentioning this famous book! It’s so popular you can find pop-up, magnet, and textured versions of the book as well as many toys. If you’re unfamiliar with the storyline, the caterpillar simply cannot satisfy his hungry as he eats through various different foods. Holes represent bites taken from the food which children will love to poke their fingers through. Beyond food education, this is also a great book for counting, learning days of the week, and explaining the life cycle of a butterfly.

Happy reading!

Will you give this a go? We would love to know how you get on. Tag us in your pictures on social media or send us a message. For more tips and advice around fussy eating follow along on our Instagram page where you will see our series @nutrition4kidsni

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Check out the Nutrition 4 Kids NI Mastering Fussy Eating online course or webinar workshop. Dr Kirsty can also provide one-to-one consultations to establish effective personalised strategies for you and your child. More information about all of these services is available on the website.

Written by Dr Holly O’Neill and Dr Kirsty Porter

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