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This post was updated in November, 2018.

Best Nutrition Books for Kids

Are you looking for the gift that keeps on giving?

My list of the best nutrition books for kids is just what you need.

Think about it: If you could target the best books on health and nutrition for kids as a gift, wouldn’t that be a game changer? 

Why Parents Need Nutrition Books

We all know good nutrition is essential for healthy kids. Nutrition books are one of the essential resources for parents who want to raise healthy kids.

Why? Parents need good nutrition information.

Resources they can rely on. Not the latest food craze or fad diet.

There are articles, blog posts and social media posts about children’s health, teen health and nutrition, literally at your finger tips.

But, how do you know they provide quality information?

How do you know someone isn’t just sharing what they think? Or what happened to them?

You want to be sure you’re getting professional expertise, especially when it comes to growing healthy kids.

Why Nutrition Books are the Perfect Resource

I’ve written a couple of books myself. Writing a book isn’t a cake walk. It takes research. Creativity. And time. 

Some of the best nutrition books for kids are written by healthcare professionals who put in the time to research their topic.

They write creatively so you are spared the dry nutrition details or paragraphs upon paragraphs of research summaries.

Often, nutrition books showcase a deep dive into a particular topic, giving you the why and the how of implementing good nutrition.

The Best Nutrition Books are a Big Help

If you’re a parent you are undoubtedly in the throes of feeding kids.

You’re shopping and cooking, gathering and planning, and probably negotiating food to some degree. All this in an effort to help your child be a healthy kid.

If you’re a grandparent, you may be seeing some undesirable eating habits develop in your grandchildren.

You don’t want to lecture, meddle or step on any toes. My book list includes resources that can help you send the message about good nutrition to your loved ones … without being a meddler. 

I’ve reviewed these books myself, use them in my practice to help parents, and consider them the cream of the crop when it comes to nutrition for kids.

RD-Approved Nutrition Books for Kids

The nutrition books are some of the best books on health and nutrition for kids. They’re perfect for the holidays, a baby shower, or a “just because” gift.

They will help any recipient cook better, feed children more effectively, and manage the ins and outs of certain medical challenges in the healthiest of ways.

Fearless Feeding, 2nd Edition

Best Nutrition Books for Kids: General Nutrition and Feeding Books

Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School, 2nd edition by Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen 

Written by yours truly together with Maryann Jacobsen, the 2nd edition of this book is hitting the bookshelves imminently.

Updating the entire first edition, we teach you what to feed kids, how to do it in a positive way, and why kids behave the way they do around food at each stage of childhood.

Child of Mine by Ellyn Satter

The Gold Standard reference for building trust in feeding children and establishing positive feeding, using the Division of Responsibility. A must-read for all new parents.

It’s Not About the Broccoli by Dina Rose

Take the focus off of food and put it on healthy habits. Rose provides a refreshing change from the “fix it with food” mentality, helping you mold healthy habits in your child.

How to Teach Nutrition to Kids by Connie Evers

Want to help kids learn about nutrition? Get creative with the way you present and educate about nutrition!

This book is chock full of ideas and methods to effectively teach children about nutrition in an age-appropriate way.

Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater by Nimali Fernando and Melanie Potock

Teach kids from birth through school-age how to become adventurous eaters, even if they are picky!

Written by a pediatrician and feeding therapist, this book gives you the how-to’s of navigating picky eating and raising adventurous eaters.

Feeding Baby by Clancy Cash Harrison

Harrison gives you baby food recipes, ways to incorporate more flavor, and step-by-step guidance for introducing solid foods in the first year of life.

If you have questions about how to get started feeding your baby, this is the perfect book for you.

Born to Eat by Leslie Schilling and Wendy Jo Peterson

Want to embark on baby-led weaning and build a healthy relationship for your child with food? This book will get you started on the right foot.

How to Raise a Mindful Eater by Maryann Jacobsen

A step-by-step guide focused on 8 principles for raising a mindful eater and cultivating a positive relationship with food.

101 Healthiest Foods for Kids by Sally Kuzemchak

Want to know which foods are healthiest, and why? This book will tell you everything you need to know along with tips to help any eater eat healthier.

Adventures in Veggieland by Melanie Potock

Help your child learn to love vegetables with 101 tips, activities and recipes.

The Smart Mom’s Guide to Starting Solids by Jill Castle

Whether you spoon feed your baby or use a baby-led weaning approach, you still need to know about nutrients, food allergies and positive feeding. This book covers it all. 

The best nutrition books for kids every parent must own.

Best Nutrition Books for Kids: Specific Nutrition Conditions

Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete by Jill Castle

I wrote this book to provide a guidebook to parents and coaches about sports nutrition for kids and young athletes.

It includes everything you need to know about fueling the young athlete from age 8 – 18 years, compiling the latest research available and turning it into practical, livable advice.

Learn what to feed and how to grow a performing machine.

“I’m Like, So Fat!”: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

World-renowned researcher on teen eating behaviors, Neumark-Sztainer summarizes her research in an easy-to-read, practical book to help teens eat and exercise with balance in mind.

No extremes here, and no diets. Neumark-Sztainer takes extra care to address disordered eating and eating disorder prevention.

Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It by Scott Sicherer

Set up in a Q & A style, food allergies expert Sicherer covers the most common (and some uncommon) questions about food allergies in this informative book.

Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion and Feeding Disorders by Katja Rowell and Jenny McGlothlin

Family doctor specializing in childhood feeding, Katja Rowell, joins forces with speech pathologist, Jenny McGlothlin, to help you support your child’s nutrition, healthy growth, and end meal-time anxiety (for your child and you) once and for all.

Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet by Cheri Fraker, Mark Fishbein, Sibyl Cox and Laura Walbert

Revealing a new approach to helping picky eaters expand their diets, Fraker and co-authors teach the system they use in their daily practice with picky eaters.

Years of experience and success with picky eaters informs their unique approach.

How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder by Casey Crosbie and Wendy Sterling

Using the Plate Method and a family-based therapy approach, you can help your child recover from an eating disorder.

Differently Wired by Debbie Reber

Neuro-diversity is becoming a reality for some children, especially with the growing rates of ADHD, autism and exceptionalism.

Learn what you can do to be the best advocate for your child, from optimal schooling and beyond.

Try New Food: How to Help Any Eater Taste, Eat and Like New Food (The Workbook edition) by Jill Castle

Coming soon! Whether you have a new eater, picky eater or extremely picky eater, there are steps you can take to make trying new food fun, enjoyable and productive.

Best Nutrition Books for Kids: Cookbooks

Cooking Light’s Dinnertime Survival Guide by Sally Kuzemchak

Real Mom Nutrition blogger, Sally Kuzemchak, helps you get dinner on the table, pronto!

Kid-pleasing, family-friendly recipes to ensure nutritious meals for all…and you won’t lose your mind in the process!

ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family by Sally Sampson

Simple, healthy, and delicious dishes for children and parents to make together.

This cookbook is jam-packed with kitchen basics, ingenious tips, and meals that taste great and are fun to make.

No Whine with Dinner by Liz Weiss and Janice Bissex

The dietitians behind the popular cooking blog, Meal Makeover Moms Kitchen, showcase 150 easy to make, family-friendly recipes as well as 50 moms’ secrets for getting picky eaters to try new foods.

Every recipe in No Whine with Dinner was tested by moms and tasted by kids. 

Best Lunch Box Ever by Katie Sullivan Morford

Katie has filled this cookbook with recipes, ideas, and strategies for packing creative and healthful lunches for kids, solving what is for many parents the most taxing of daily chores. 

Rise & Shine by Katie Sullivan Morford

The answer for every parent who has struggled to get breakfast on the table and to get their child to actually eat it!

With 75 breakfast recipes that are entry-level-easy, with at least half requiring no more than five minutes of hands-on prep time, every delicious recipe is an exercise in good nutrition and good taste. 

The Everything Kids Cookbook by Sandra Nissenberg

Nissenberg makes sure each recipe in this cookbook tells your child how hard it is and lets you know exactly what ingredients and equipment he will need so that he (and you!) can plan ahead.

You’ll both find something you like no matter what! 

Smart Meal Prep for Beginners by Toby Amidor

Prep ahead techniques and tips, recipes, and more make this book for busy parents a must-have.

Baby Led Feeding by Jenna Helwig

A cookbook with over 100 recipes for getting babies off to a healthy start and including them in family meals from an early age.

Real Baby Food by Jenna Helwig

A cookbook for parents who want to make real baby food from scratch. 

Tell me, which of these nutrition books is your favorite? Did I miss one you consider a “best nutrition book for kids?”

Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Thank you for including our book, Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating! Jill, your site is my go-to resource on nutrition and Fearless Feeding is the book I always have in my car as I travel from home to home, helping families who have kids who are hesitant eaters. I’m honored to be included here, thank you!


  2. Hi! I have a question regarding my growth. I am 14 (freshman in high school) and am a competitive runner. I think I’m having a growth spurt because I feel like constantly hungry, but I don’t know for sure. I haven’t started my period so I think that means I should grow more. Should I be eating when I am hungry? I don’t want to gain weight and get slower, but I want to grow and not malnourish myself.

    1. Your body and its hunger signals are the prime way your body tells you what it needs, so you don’t want to ignore it. I wouldn’t be afraid of getting slower –when you’re growing and exercising, the weight comes on as muscle and gets distributed nicely. Have you read my book, Eat Like a Champion? It is all about sports nutrition for kids and teens.