Children’s books about nutrition can teach kids important lessons about healthy eating, where food comes from, how to prepare it, and more.
pediatric nutritionist, I know that nutrition education is best learned over time, when a child shows interest, and in a pressure-free, non-lecture kind of way.
In this article, you’ll learn what I think makes a good children’s book about nutrition, along with my list of 50 nutrition books for kids.
A Reading List of Children’s Books About Nutrition
Parents ask me all the time for book recommendations, not only for themselves, but for their kids, too.
While I have an
extensive reading list for parents, I decided it was time to create a list for kids. (I also have more books in my store.)
You’ll find a variety of nutrition topics, from learning where food comes from to adventurous tales of characters overcoming picky eating.
You’ll find board books for babies and toddlers as well as early readers for the elementary child. There’s even a middle school book or two in there.
Capture a Child’s Imagination about Nutrition
Kids love to listen to stories and learn. They love a good character and a fun adventure.
As you, Mom and Dad, are the readers, nutrition books for kids need to be tolerable for you, too.
After all, you’ll likely be reading these books over and over!
Look for books with:
A compelling main character An interesting plot Humor Conflict resolution (For example, How does the character overcome a challenging situation?) The opportunity for ongoing conversation with your child (What would you do?) Interesting illustrations A message about nutrition
[For additional books and my review of them, listen to my podcast episode:
TNC #96 Nutrition Books for Kids]
Check out my list of children’s books about nutrition below. Let me know what you think! Is there a book you love that’s not on this list?
Gregory the goat loves fruits and vegetables instead of shoes, boxes and bottle caps. Join Gregory, the Terrible Eater as his parents try to get him to eat goat food.
One of my personal favorites, Tops and Bottoms tells a tale of trickery with vegetables as a backdrop.
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato is a tale of how one child helps another overcome picky eating, especially for eating tomatoes.
Sal picks blueberries to can for the winter, but she runs into some trouble when she wanders off.
An ode to self-esteem, this book encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves.
Finicky mom and dad learn how to be more adventurous with food and try new foods after their daughter learns to cook.
Learn where foods come from and how they are made before they appear in your lunchbox!
The stories and history behind the foods we eat.
Meet the Super Crew and join them for recipes, adventures and fun nutrition activities every child will love.
Learn about 102 veggies, including fun facts, recipes and farm to table facts.
Body dissatisfaction skyrockets during puberty, compromising a girl's physical and emotional health. Now there's a book that helps girls see body changes as "superpowers," leading them to a healthy and satisfying life.
Learn about fruits and vegetables from around the world in this board book.
Hilarious food characters teach kids how to eat and love all kinds of food.
Join a group of kids on a farm-to-table exploration as they learn about plant-based food and nutrition.
Some of the Berenstain Bears are eating too much junk food and Mama Bear has to help them understand the importance of good food and exercise.
A hands-on activity guide for children filled with activity sheets and discovery exercises.
Those picky eaters who won't even try anything green! Learn how super dragon rocket fuel helps Flint fly.
An ABC book that explores animals, food, different cuisines and alphabet letters.
A book to help girls and boys understand why it's important to eat well.
Start teaching your child about gardening with this picture book about vegetable gardening for young children.
A family favorite for my children! Arthur's sister, D.W., acts out at a restaurant and her dining out days are over. Join her on the journey to better table manners so she can attend a special family event.
Edible weather...a good thing or not? When it rains food, a town has to adapt to food everywhere!
Cutting the wheat and grinding the flour are just the beginning steps when Jack makes pancakes from scratch.
When you give a pig a pancake it sets off a bunch of additional requests and consequences. This humorous book delighted my kids!
If you give a cat a cupcake, he'll want some sprinkles to go with it...and the journey begins!
If you give a cat a cookie, he'll ask for a glass of milk...and more stuff! A delightful journey of requests, and more requests.
If you give a dog a donut, he'll ask for some apple juice to go with it. And so the journey begins. Learn what else the dog will ask for!
If you give a moose a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it. Learn what happens when the moose eats all the muffins!
Little Critter learns about healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle and shares all this information with his family.
Baxter eats broccoli and it gives him super powers! He uses this to perform good deeds and a whole lot more.
Tony likes to cook and Tiny, his twin, likes to read. And they both like to eat popcorn! Find out what they learn about popcorn in this classic.
Frances is fussy and only likes to eat bread and jam. Find out how she learns to eat more variety in this level 2 early reader book.
A silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients.
How about trying some Garbage Stew, just like they made in medieval England? This book explores true food facts from around the globe.
Learn about where spaghetti comes from and how it's made with chef Tyler Florence as he and his dog, Tofu, travel the world to find all the ingredients.
Peter wants only milk, Lucy won’t settle for anything but homemade lemonade, and Jack is stuck on applesauce. Each new addition to the household brings a new demand for a special meal. What’s a mother to do?
“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss.
Ben ate peanut butter when he was young and he had a bad allergic reaction. He knows that speaking up is very important, since he encounters food with peanuts at school, at T-ball practice, at birthday parties, and during the holidays. This book helps children learn to advocate for themselves.
What happens after a shopper goes “to market, to market, to buy a fat pig?” Back home the pig promptly escapes, and soon the pig’s in the kitchen, the lamb’s on the bed, the cow’s on the couch--and the rest of the animals are wreaking havoc throughout the house.
A children's classic about a caterpillar who eats his way through the pages of the book.
Llama Llama and his Mama are in the kitchen whipping up some delicious treats!
Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos.
Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots. But one day the carrots start following him...or are they?
A small boy and a big friendly bear embark on a berry-picking extravaganza, looking for blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries.
Missing ingredients and mischievous pets create one humorous complication after another for a little old lady determined to make pancakes for breakfast.
Annie is a very busy apple farmer. She bakes yummy treats with the apples she picks and saves her best apples to sell at the market.
Marcia enjoys being her mother's helper, so she's hurt when Mother hires Fannie Farmer to prepare the family's meals. But sure enough Fannie's charm (and griddle cakes!) win Marcia over.
Follow Jack and his cute dinosaur friend in his quest to avoid eating his vegetables.
Cami Kangaroo loves sweets. In fact, she can't stop thinking about them. Even after Mommy catches her eating from a bucket of ice cream, she still finds ways to sneak them. Will she ever be able to listen?