Introducing children to the joys of reading is an essential part of their development, and we LOVE to read in our house. Being in the food world with a food blog, friends and family have always gotten us fun food themed books, so I thought I’d share our list of 10 food kids books that’ll leave kids hungry for more.
- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. This whimsical book is a hilarious story about a boy who throws a party for dragons, but things go awry when he accidentally serves them spicy salsa. The book teaches children about the importance of being aware of what they serve to others and being mindful of others’ preferences. There’s a Dragons Love Tacos 2 which we liked, but not loved.
- Eat by Dwell Studios. Super cute pictures. Appetizing apples, bananas, and oranges fill the sturdy pages of Eat, whetting the appetite of young readers everywhere.
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. This iconic book teaches children about trying new things and not judging something before they try it. The colorful illustrations and silly rhymes are sure to make your child giggle, and they might even be inspired to try some green eggs and ham.
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. This book tells the story of a mouse who keeps asking for more things after receiving a cookie. The humorous storyline teaches children about cause and effect and the importance of moderation.
- The Apple of my Pie by Kane Miller. Fun foods pear – er, pair – up in this quirky board book that will have the entire family berry excited. These peek-through partnerships are really gouda together.
- You are my Cupcake by Joyce Wan. A scrumptious board book, filled with sweet terms of endearment
- We’re Going To The Farmers Market by Stephen Page. In this story, readers get to visit local farmers, fill baskets with fresh fruits and vegetables, and then head home to cook a feast, all with goodies from the farmers’ market! Featuring Stefan Page’s graphic art, this delightful board book is filled with bold splashes of color and unique patterns.
- Apples by Gail Gibbons. Apples come in all shapes and sizes from all over the world. Take a bite and chew on months of planting, growing, picking, and selling that bring this tasty fruit into the home. With deliciously bright, detailed images and a simple text, Apples is the perfect board book for small curious hands who are still new to the crisp comfort of autumn.
- Mealtime. This sparkly touch-and-feel book includes a shiny apple, a stripy cup, a slice of toast with sticky jam, a cupcake with glittery decorations, and more. Every page has a tantalizing texture to touch or foil and glitter to behold, encouraging sensory development and early reading skills. All my kids have LOVED this book.
Food-themed books are a fun way to teach kids about different produce and different traditions. These books are not only fun to read, but they also provide fun learning experiences (like with Apples). So grab a book, sit down with your child, and let the culinary adventures begin!