Reading about food is one of the best ways to get little ones interested in actually eating it. These are my favorite food books for kids, including board books and longer books.
Children’s Books About Food
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!) I love reading about food since it can be a safe way to explore all sorts of food without there being any pressure what-so-ever on a kiddo to eat it.
And then when the child does actually see the food, you can talk about the story and they might be more willing to taste it without any pressure from you!
Best Food Books for Kids
We love giving and receiving books—and then passing them on when we outgrow them. And while it’s always hard to know exactly what a friend or loved one may have in their library, having two of something is never a big deal to us—especially if it’s a book we love. I’m including a mix of board books and longer books so you can pick from a range of options for your own kids or to gift around this holiday season.
Best Food Board Books for Kids
These books about food for kids are perfect for 1, 2, and 3 year olds. They’re fun to read and fun to look at so the kids can enjoy them on their own as well as with an adult.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar: A classic, and for good reason!
- 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.
- Rah Rah Radishes! (and !): These short books feature fun chants about fruits and veggies that your littles will love…and might possibly get stuck in your head!
- Go Go Grapes: This is by the same author as Rah Rah Radishes and has a similar catchy cadence!
- Pandas Love Pickles: With animals and food, this is a board book all about trying new foods. Win!
- Llama Llama Yum Yum Yum: Who doesn’t love Llama Llama? So fun! And this short and sweet board book is even scratch and sniff!
- We’re Going to the Farmer’s Market: I can practically recite this book for you, we’ve read it so many times. (“To market, to market, we are on our way…”). This is a fun read about going to the farmer’s market to pick up all sorts of fun foods. We like to pick out our favorite foods along the way.
- Little Pea, Little Oink, Little Hoot: We love these books by Amy Kraus Rosenthal and the set of board books is a wonderful gift.
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: We might have three copies of this one and my two year old loves her board book the best!
- Jamberry: This one is so fun to read and it’s been a favorite in our house since our oldest was a baby! Definitely add this one to your collection if you don’t already have it.
Best Longer Food Books for Kids
For your older toddlers, toddlers with longer attention spans, and elementary-aged kids, these are our favorite longer books about food for kids.
- 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).
- The Seven Silly Eaters: Talk about food demands with the help of this silly story.
- 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.
- What’s Cooking: With an engaging question and answer format and beautiful illustrations by our favorite Julia Rothman, this is a great book for kids who are curious. (That’s nearly all of them!)
- Dragons Love Tacos: OF COURSE! If you don’t have this book, you need to get it this year. (And the sequel!)
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: This is a classic and it’s so fun to imagine a world that might be raining our favorite (and not so favorite) foods.