Teaming up with Babease for a month of competitions to celebrate National Share-A-Story Month has got me thinking about the food-themed books we enjoy.
And keen not to be limited by just our family favourites, I put the question to my lovely community of book-loving parents who came back with some corkers.
So, in no particular order, here’s a brilliant selection of picture books all recommended by the parents that read them…
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The classic tale of the caterpillar who eats his way through all kinds of food.
Oliver’s Fruit Salad & Oliver’s Vegetables
Two stories about a boy named Oliver who doesn’t want to eat his fruit and veg – luckily his cunning grandparents have a plan. Two great stories that help promote healthy eating.
You won’t believe what the fruit get up to when you’re in bed at night – there are lemons who break-dance, tangerines who twirl and some very over-excited apples.
Handa carries a basket of seven different fruits to her friend Akeyo in the neighbouring village, but little does she realise seven sneaky animals each steal a piece from her basket on her way.
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Green Eggs and Ham
A classic Dr Seuss. Sam-I-Am does all he can to try to encourage a grumpy grouch to eat his plate of green eggs and ham… but will he succeed?
Ketchup on Your Cornflakes?
A hilarious book from Nick Sharratt – each page is split in two so children can make wacky food concoctions that will have you all giggling.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Another classic story. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!
Don’t Put Your Finger in the Jelly Nelly
Another winner from Nick Sharratt. This book is perfect for dippers and pickers with real holes that little fingers can explore, and pictures of favourite foods, like jelly, jam, meringue and milk-shake.
Eat Your Greens Goldilocks
The three bears play host to a very fussy eater. Goldilocks only likes things ‘just so’, and she hates eating vegetables. But the bears are determined to give her a healthy meal.
I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato
Patient older brother Charlie cleverly tricks his younger sister, Lola – an extremely fussy eater – into eating all her least favourite foods. Carrots are ‘orange twiglets from Jupiter’, mashed potato is ‘cloud fluff’, and the tomato-like ‘moon-squirters’ become her favourite food of all.
Orange Juice Peas
Jessie is learning to be polite. When she says ‘thank you’ it sounds a bit like ‘da hoo’, and when she says ‘please’ it sounds exactly like ‘peas’. So when Jessie and her older brother Ben are left with a new babysitter one tea time, you can imagine what happens… as Jessie fishes peas out of her drink the pile on the table gets bigger and bigger!
And here are a few of our family favourites:
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose
Babies and toddlers love the bold, colourful pictures and the silly rhyming text. Not only does this book promote (some!) good table manners, but there are lots of new animal names to learn too. And this book is a perfect shorter story book for when you need to squeeze a quick story in before bedtime.
Chocolate Mousse is part of a series of short stories from Julia Donaldson which are is real hits with little children from as soon as they take an interest in books right up until they start school.
When a little girl doesn’t want to eat her lunch, she soon meets some animal friends who do. This is a brilliant, simple storybook with such beautiful illustrations from Rebecca Cobb.
Spaghetti with the Yeti
We love this funny book from and it’s one my boys go back to again and again. George is on a mission to find the Yeti and he’s sure he’ll enjoy the spaghetti he’s packed as a gift, but a trio of colourful monsters he finds along the way try to convince him otherwise. We particularly like the detail on the opening page (with lots of yetis to spot). We also love Marshmallows for Martians which is equally funny and food-based!)
If you follow me on social media, you’ll know this is one of our family favourites. Albie really doesn’t want to go to the supermarket with his mum, but soon changes his mind when he realises it’s no ordinary supermarket. This is a great book for all young animal lovers as well as those reluctant supermarket helpers!
Let me know which food-based books would make it onto your favourites list in the comments below.