"Food Sleuth®" Recommended Reading List:
Books about food for kids: Want to cure a picky eater? The following titles will whet your children's appetites for delicious, wholesome foods.
2. “Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z,” by Lois Ehlert. This book is filled with colorful pictures of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. In the back, a glossary provides short facts about where the food originated, how it grows, and how to enjoy it.
3. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle. Children love the simple bright graphics in this book about a caterpillar that eats his way through a week’s worth of food to become a very big caterpillar, then a cocoon, and finally a beautiful butterfly. A great story to help children understand the relationship between hunger and growth, and how smart food choices help us become healthy, strong adults.
4. “Bread, Bread, Bread,” by Ann Morris. Ken Heyman’s photographs enhance this book, showing pictures of children and adults all over the world eating bread in a variety of different forms. The index gives a description of the people, where they live, and the kind of bread they eat. A wonderful illustration of the similarities among the world’s people.
5. “Oliver’s Vegetables,” by Vivian French. When Oliver goes to visit his grandfather, the only vegetable he will eat is French fries. Soon after his arrival, his experiences in Grandpas’ garden result in a whole new world of flavors for Oliver. The book’s beautiful illustrations help encourage children to try new vegetables, and may inspire your own garden plans. Also in the “Oliver” collection are “Oliver’s Fruit Salad,” and “Oliver’s Milkshake.” All stories are designed to win over the picky eater.
6. “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato,” by Lauren Child. Lola is Charlie’s little sister. Charlie has to give Lola her dinner, but Lola is a picky eater. She refuses to eat peas, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, spaghetti, and never, ever a tomato. But when Charlie gives those foods new, zany names, Lola decides she likes those foods after all. Try this approach at home—it works!
7.”Lunch Boxes,” by Fred Ehrlich. This book is out of print, but if you can find a copy at the library or a garage sale, be sure to pick it up. Elementary school children love this short rhyming story describing the hilarious misbehaviors in a school cafeteria. Food flies, milk spills, and teachers are not happy. The book offers a great opportunity to discuss polite eating habits and food safety over a hearty chuckle.
Resources on the web: The internet provides a wealth of resources. Here are some "Food Sleuth®" favorites:
Nutrition advice: Wish your children ate better? Registered dietitian, Connie Evers, knows how to make eating well fun. Her free “Feeding Kids” newsletters are packed with ideas to bring to your dinner table, lunch box, or classroom: www.nutritionforkids.com.
The Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas, offers an excellent, free newsletter on line, titled: "Nutrition & Your Child:" www.kidsnutrition.org
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Food Sleuth®, Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D.