As we start to head into the holiday season, I thought I’d share some of our favorite food-related stories. These are mostly books that we’ve had in our house for a while now, with a few suggestions from members of my Facebook group. (Come join us if you haven’t already!) We love giving and receiving books—and then passing them on when we outgrow them. Please chime in if you have a favorite that I missed!
Best Story Books About Food for Toddlers
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar: A classic, and for good reason!
- Little Pea: Amy Krauss Rosenthal is a favorite, and we love this book about a little pea who’s forced to eat candy for lunch. See also Spoon.
- The Bee Who Spoke: This one is for older toddlers and preschoolers since it’s fairly long, but it’s such a sweet story about a girl on a bike in France and her adventures with a little bee friend.
- Farm Anatomy: Even if you only flip through and look at all of the photos, this book is a beauty. We love looking at all of the farm animals and vegetables, and talking about what we like to eat (and don’t:).
- Bread and Jam for Frances: This has been a favorite in our house for a long time and it’s a nice reference point when L wants to eat the same thing over and over (and over).
- Yummy Yucky: A sweet little board book of yummy and yucky opposites.
- Eating the Alphabet: This book is bright, colorful, and can help your little one learn the names of all sorts of produce.
- The Seven Silly Eaters: Talk about food demands with the help of this silly story.
- Rah Rah Radishes! (and Go Go Grapes!): These short books feature fun chants about fruits and veggies that your littles will love…and might possibly get stuck in your head!
- How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?: Food by food, this book traces back ingredients to their origins. It’s interesting, beautiful and it has nice tear-resistant pages.
- Creepy Carrots: While the images are sort of spooky and dark, the story has such a fun ending that this is a joy to read to kids. (And it’s nice that the carrots get the last word:)
- Blueberries for Sal: This might take top running in my house for favorite food related book. We also love the related One Morning in Maine.