21 Best Nutrition and Healthy Eating Books For Kids
If you have picky eaters and are looking for new ways to expand their horizons, you have come to the right place! We have put together a list of 21 nutrition and healthy eating books for kids.
We include fun, healthy eating children’s books that your kids will enjoy. This is a great way for young readers to learn about healthy food choices.
Some books are for parents, which are great resources for incorporating a healthy lifestyle for your family.
You may be able to find some of these books in the library or used bookstores. Click on the book images, and you can learn more about them on Amazon.
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Healthy Eating Books For Kids
The Vegetable We Eat
by Gail Gibbons
This is a great book that teaches kids the basics of vegetables. They will learn:
- How vegetables grow
- How they get to the grocery store
- How many kinds of veggies there are
The illustrations are beautiful!
The Fruits We Eat
by Gail Gibbons
This is a companion book to the Vegetables We Eat. This book has many interesting facts about different types of fruits.
You will learn:
- Where and how fruits are grown
- How they are harvested
- How to include them in your diet
This book is also beautifully illustrated!
Eating the Alphabet Board Book
by Lois Ehlert
This book introduces fruits and vegetables while teaching children upper and lowercase letters. How clever! Plus, your child will learn the names of all the fruits and veggies in the book.
Try It! How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat
by Mara Rockliff
This is a fun book about a lady, Frieda Caplan, who worked at the Seventh Street Produce Market in Los Angeles.
She introduced new and unusual (at the time) fruits and vegetables at the market. Men were selling the standard apples, potatoes, and tomatoes at the market.
The gist of the book is that Frieda is always willing to try something new and encourages others to do the same. This is an excellent book for the fussy eater. Enjoyable and interesting book!
by Haley Harmon
This is a fun book that uses superheroes to teach your kids about healthy foods. Super Food is great to help picky eaters look at healthy foods in a different way.
Little Critter: Good for Me and You
by Mercer Mayer
Little Critter learns all about good nutrition at school. If your kids have read any of the Little Critters books, this will be fun for them to read!
Even if they aren’t familiar with them, it’s a great time to introduce them! I love how Little Critter learns fun exercises to help him stay in shape.
by Elizabeth Verdick
This is the best picture book for young kids that teaches them about nutritious foods and table manners! I love that!
They will learn to wash their hands, use a napkin and silverware, and eat healthy foods. They even understand the concept of staying at the table. That doesn’t happen much these days!
I also love that they encourage kids to try at least one bite of new foods because they might actually like it!
Gregory, the Terrible Eater
by Mitchell Sharmat
This is a classic children’s book about Gregory the goat that wants to eat fruits, vegetables, fish, and eggs, instead of old shoes, boxes, and bottle caps.
Mother and Father Goat try to get Gregory to eat like a proper goat, but he wouldn’t do it. They wind up taking him to a doctor.
He finally begins to eat like a goat and overeats and gets a stomach ache. The conclusion is to eat healthily and in moderation. Kids fall in love with this book!
The Seven Silly Eaters
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Even though this storybook has just a subtle message about being a picky eater, I included it because it is such an excellent book!
It is a story about a long-suffering mom and the fussy eating habits of her children. The illustrations in The Seven Silly Eaters are delightful, and the rhymes are very clever.
I highly recommend this book!
My Magical Foods
by Becky Cummings
This book teaches kids how fruit and vegetables come from the earth. And how this makes them the best foods in the world.
It shares ideas that make children want to choose healthy snacks and meals. It also encourages children to:
- Try new foods
- Eat more veggies
- Pay attention to how food makes them feel
I love that! Beautiful, glossy book with colorful illustrations.
Benny Broccolini and the Wholesome Crew
by Christopher W Diggs
This is a darling book that encourages the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. It is a colorful and bright book that makes healthy living fun!
They even have a fun Benny Broccolini video on YouTube! Check it out below!
Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good For You: All About Staying Healthy
by Tish Rabe
My kids love anything about The Cat in the Hat! This book takes your child to a Seussian Spa, where they will learn the basics of healthy living.
Your child will learn the importance of:
- Eating right
- Staying active
- Getting enough sleep
- Brushing and flossing
- Wearing protective gear when playing sports
- Increasing their activity
- Sneezing correctly
My kids think this is the best book!
Daniel Tried a New food (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood)
by Becky Friedman
This delightful storybook helps your child understand that trying new foods can be fun! If your child is a Daniel Tiger fan, this may help them want to try new foods too!
All the Yummy Foods: A Children’s Healthy Eating Adventure
by Phoenyx Austin
Kids will love this book that takes them on a healthy eating adventure. It is filled with catchy rhymes and funny scenes that will make you laugh. A super fun way to learn about healthy eating!
Grow Strong! A Book About Healthy Habits
by Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.
This is an excellent book for young children about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. They also mention sleep, making friends, and emotional health.
This is a terrific, well-rounded book about healthy well-being for kids.
Kids Nutrition Books For Parents
Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook
by Nicola Graimes
This cookbook has 100 easy-to-follow, step-by-step recipes. A lot of the recipes show the steps involved in the recipes.
This cookbook also has full-color photographs. It includes healthy recipes from all the food groups for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts.
Healthy kids in an Unhealthy World
by Dr. Ana-Maria Temple, M.D.
This is an updated book by Dr. Temple. She outlines simple steps to boost your child’s immune system and protect them from chronic diseases.
She also covers picky eating as well as recommendations for nontoxic products. It is an easy-to-read book with actionable steps.
How to Raise a Mindful Eater: 8 Powerful Principles for Transforming Your Child’s Relationship With Food
by Maryann Jacobsen
This book focuses on helping your child:
- That has a problem with sweets
- Is a big (or small) eater
- If you want to avoid issues with food in the future
Maryann Jacobsen is a family nutrition expert that teaches you how to nurture your child’s relationship with food.
This book gives you eight principles that will show you:
- How to raise a mindful eater
- Listen to their body
- Eat to nourish their body and for enjoyment
- Learn to eat in moderation naturally
- How to structure meals
- Set limits
- Learn internal cues of hunger and fullness
- Pay attention while eating
This book is a wealth of information and empowerment for moms. I highly recommend it! I learned so much for myself!
The Little Lunchbox Cookbook: 60 Easy Real-Food Bento Lunches for Kids on the Go
by Becky Winkler
This cookbook is filled with delicious, allergen-friendly gluten-free lunches for your kids. The cookbook has beautiful photographs that your children can look through.
This book has lots of quick and easy recipes that make lunchtime fun!
Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating
by Nimali Fernando MD
This book will teach you:
- How to expand your child’s food horizons
- Avoid picky eating
- Identify special feeding needs for your child
- Make mealtimes a happy time
Advice is given for every stage from newborn through school-age. I highly recommend this book!
French Kids Eat Everything
by Karen LeBillon
The author tells the story about how she was able to change her children’s North American unhealthy eating habits when they moved to France.
It combines a memoir, cookbook, and how-to handbook. This book also explores how the French feed their children and deal with pickiness.
French Kids Eat Everything features recipes, practical tips, and ten easy-to-follow rules for raising happy and healthy eaters. (My favorite part!)
There are a lot of things to learn from the French in this interesting book!
The books on this list are an excellent place to start. Not only will you be providing your children with valuable information about nutrition and healthy eating, but you’ll also be instilling in them a love of reading.
The benefits for both you and your children will be priceless.
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