Recommended Books to Encourage Children to Eat Healthy Foods
- Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books)by Dr. Seuss. A classic Seussian tale of how foods we think we may not like end up being tasty afterall! Ages 2-6.
- This Is the Way We Eat Our Lunch (A Book About Children Around the World
by Edith Baer. Shows how people from different places around the world eat a variety of different foods for lunch. Ages 3-7.
- Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes: How to Grow A Rainbow Garden
by Rosalind Creasy. A fun book for young gardners to show how a colorful garden is created from start to finish. Even includes a few recipes. Ages 5-12
- The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food (First Time Books(R))by Stan and Jan Berenstain. From the classic series, this book shows how this bear family makes a change towards a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods and getting exercise. Ages 5-8.
- The Milk Makers (Reading Rainbow Book) by Gail Bibbons. A detailed look at how milk goes from a cow to the factory to the supermarket. Ages 5-10.
- Growing Vegetable Soup (Books for Young Readers) by Lois Ehlert. A bright bold book that shows how a vegetable garden is grown from seeds. Has a recipe at the back for vegetable soup. Ages 3-7.
- Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z (Harcourt Brace Big Book) by Lois Ehlert. Teaches the Alphabet with bright beautiful pictures of different fruits and vegetables.
- Everybody Bakes Bread by Norah Dooley
- Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French
Fun Children’s Music to Encourage Healthy Eating
Dancing in the Kitchen: Songs That Celebrate the Joy of Food
Books for to Help Picky Eaters and other Children with Feeding Issues
To learn more about overcoming picky eating, I recommend this great, easy read for parents, by Melanie Potock, MA,CCC-SLP, a speech language pathologist.
Recommended Cookbooks for Families
- The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals by Missy Chase Lapine
- Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld
- You Won’t Believe It’s Gluten-Free!: 500 Delicious, Foolproof Recipes for Healthy Living by Roben Ryberg
Many of these titles may be found at your local library. Those of you in the Fredericksburg, VA area, search Central Rappahanock Regional Library to search and request these books.
Recommended Resources for Families in the Fredericksburg, VA area
- The Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market, a WONDERFUL Saturday market on Rt. 3 with all LOCAL foods from over 35 Virginia vendors
- Transformational Parenting. A class taught by Fredericksburg educator Wendy LaRue, PhD. This class shows parents how to create real change in children by supporting healthy development in a nurturing environment.
- Fredericksburg Parent and Family: A complete family guide to life in Fredericksburg with resources, event calendars, and more. See Doctor Yum’s blog on FredParent’s website, too!
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