Every now and then we get a #kbcQuery in our very active facebook group about books that talk about picky eaters.
We’ve curated a list of recommended reads that help deal with fussy toddlers in all sorts of food matters, as shared by our members. Do feel free to add books that have helped you in the comments section and we’ll add it to this mega post!
Most books here are appropriate for 2-7 years. The book title will take you to amazon.in via our affiliate link.
Lulu’s Lunch – for 2-5 yrs (or even earlier). Everyone is crazy about this interactive book that encourages toddlers to eat properly. All of Lulu books are a super hit at kbc! Payal Chatterjee’s review got many many members to grab this book including Asha who doesn’t have a toddler!
Never knew a book can actually help me understand that exactly when does my child feel hungry. All thanks to Madame Lulu…she made our life much easier now. Madame Lulu doesn’t only include fruits and veggies in her spread but also fish fingers (a total hit with the bongs) and our all time hit spaghetti. If you are facing a fussy eater at home, if you want to introduce a food book to your child, if you want your child to love everything you eat, if you want your baby to know eating manners…. grab this savior
Green, Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss Preeti Seth says this book helped her forever! “My daughter is 9 years old now and she never says no to any food just by looking at it – all thanks to this wonderful book! A must read for 2-5 years age group!!!”
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food (this series is recommended for dealing with all sorts of toddler issues).
Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake for 1-5 years. If your childoo loves honey or insists on eating only sweet things, this book is for you!
I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato (This is from the Charlie & Lola series and comes highly recommended!). This is an award winning book – it has got the Kate Greenaway Medal! Asha has this book as Aarini doesn’t eat raw tomatoes, but she bought it recently when Aarini was already a teen! In her words –
Charlie begins by describing what all Lola refuses to eat (comes down to everything – typical of fussy eaters). So Charlie gets creative and describes every piece of food in an exciting way. He calls carrots, “orange twiglets from Jupiter” – the page shows him in space eating carrots with an alien! Similarly peas are “green drops from greenland”….! In the end she agrees to eat up!! Such a wonderful way to engage fussy eaters and get them to eat :). I wish I had this book when Aarini was a smallie 🙂
Time to Eat by Penny Tessoni, a leading early years education consultant. This book is quite popular in our community and comes highly recommended for 2-4 years. All the books in her good habits series are superhits with our kbc childoos!
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! (from the famous & hilarious Pigeon series by award winning Mo Willems!)
Daisy Eat Your Peas by the award winning Nick Sharratt! Asha gifted this book to Asma owing to Ruhani’s love for counting things! Quoting Asma, “Nick Sharatt’s books have been very popular at our place and coupled with lots of interesting things to count and assertive Daisy who is very sure about her dislike towards peas, this book has become top favourite and have been read on the loop since it arrived.”
What I Do with Vegetable Glue (recommended by our #kbcMember Apoorva Agarwal)
Carrots Like Peas: and other fun facts (Did You Know?) for 4-8 years
What’s Inside My Lunch Box?: A Lift-the-Flap Book (recommended by our #kbcMember Aditi Ahuja)
“For months I have looked for a book on Indian spices and vegetables, with little success – till I found this gem of a book. It checks all the boxes for me – it has information about all Indian spices including bay leaf, turmeric, cloves etc, along with all the other things that we use regularly in the kitchen like onions, spinach, cucumber, coconut, cereals, milk etc. The information about each item is in rhyme, and there is enough in the book to engage 4 year olds as well as adults! A very well researched book, that has been painstakingly simplified in terms of the language, so that kids enjoy and understand it.
The narrative is from the point of view of seven year old twins and their grandmother. The grandmother realises that the only way to keep the kids busy is to take them into the kitchen with her and tell them all she knows. So, she tells them everything she knows about each ingredient she is using, where it originated from, which dishes it is used in. There are limited pictures in the book, but the text was enough to keep my 5 year old engaged. Here is a small riddle from the book, guess the spice!“
“We are small black seeds
Sitting in a pod
Triangular and green
We have fragrance
That you wont miss
You add us to flavour
Your favourite sweet dish.
Who am I?”
RELATED READS ON HEALTHY EATING
Healthy Eating with Zayn and Zoey (releasing on April 23, 2022). ONLY KBC MEMBERS HAVE A SPECIAL COUPON CODE KBC15 which will give you 15% OFF when you order directly from the ZAYN AND ZOEY website.
The Children’s Book of Healthy Eating (3-8 years) from the Star Rewards series that has reward stickers and is very popular with our parents & kids.
What’s For Lunch? (3.5/4-8 years) Let’s read and find out science. Quoting Amardeep, “it explains healthy foods – carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats etc, in a very easy to understand way. It uses the plate segmentation- how much of your plate should have veggies, carbohydrates etc.”
Why do we eat? (Usborne Beginners series for 3.5-7 years) Divya has this and recommends it.
Look Inside What Happens When You Eat for 4-8 years (Divya has this one and highly recommends it!) “It explains what happens to food when we eat and explains about the different components of food (carbs, fat, protein, etc). It even has the food pyramid.”
The Magic of Healthy Food – Read & Shine (Magical World of Benny & Buzo). Arundhati has this and recommends it for 3 yr+. In her words:
Here Benny wants to eat pizza for dinner but his mother told him to eat the food she prepared for him. He doesn’t finish his dinner properly and goes to bed. There he brings out his magical dog Buzo, who can come alive with magic powers. Benny requests Buzo to get him pizza, burger and then ice-cream. While eating ice-cream his stomach starts to hurt and he requests Buzo to help him. Will Buzo help him? and how will he help him? Will Buzo be able to help Benny understand the ill-effect of too much of junk food? So, let’s read the whole story to find it out. The story is told in a simple language and the illustrations are very attractive and the price is also very affordable. The children will very well relate to the situation and understand it.
Superfoods for Superheroes – 72 pages for 8-12 years (as recommended by the pubisher)
OTHER RELATED READS:
Here are lots of books on “Tummy Ache” which talk about what happens when children don’t eating right! Includes popular book characters like Spot, Wally, Lily, etc.
Here is a list of books that talk about Toothache. These books tackle issues relating to what happens if you don’t eat right, brush right, look after your teeth etc. They feature books with popular characters like Bubbles, Dragon, Bear, Hippo, Gara, that toddlers adore.
Some books on being vegetarian:
Shout-out to our 13yo Intern-In-Residence (Aarini – The Chief Childoo) for posting this.
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