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Little Readers <3 Good Eats

on September 19, 2013

good eatsWant to encourage your little one to eat healthfully?  Have a picky eater you want to persuade to try new foods?  The following titles will introduce the wonderful diversity of growing, cooking and eating tasty food.

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Judi Barrett. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers–until the weather takes a turn for the worse.

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Jan & Stan Berenstain. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food.

Mama Bear starts a campaign to convince her family that they are eating too much junk food.

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Joan Blos.  The Hungry Little Boy.

A very simple story full of bold and delightful illustrations depicts the afternoon of a very hungry boy whose grandmother is lovingly preparing his lunch.

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Marcia Brown.  Stone Soup.

When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town enjoys a feast.

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Tomie DePaola.  Strega Nona’s Harvest.

After helping Strega Nona plant her vegetable garden just so, Big Anthony takes some extra seeds and sows another garden willy nilly, then must find a way to deal with the consequences.

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Tomie DePaola.  Pancakes for Breakfast.

A little old lady’s attempts to have pancakes for breakfast are hindered by a scarcity of supplies and the participation of her pets.

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Lois Ehlert.  Eating the Alphabet.eating the alphabet

An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.

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Lois Ehlert.  Growing Vegetable Soup.

A fresh presentation of the gardening cycle with a joyful conclusion, and the added attraction of an easy and tasty recipe for vegetable soup on the flyleaf.

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Cathryn Falwell.  Feast for 10.

Numbers from one to ten are used to tell how members of a family shop and work together to prepare a meal.

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Denise Fleming.  Lunch.

A very hungry mouse eats a large lunch comprised of colorful foods.

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Vivian French.  Oliver’s Vegetables.

While visiting his grandfather, who has a wonderful garden,Oliver learns to eat vegetables other than potatoes.

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Barbara Jean Hicks. Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli.

In this rollicking picture book written by Barbara Jean Hicks and illustrated by Sue Hendra, monsters insist they don’t like broccoli. They’d rather snack on tractors or a rocket ship or two, or tender trailer tidbits, or a wheely, steely stew. But boy do those trees they’re munching on look an awful lot like broccoli. Maybe vegetables aren’t so bad after all! This hilarious book will have youngsters laughing out loud and craving healthy monster snacks of their own.

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Mary Ann Hoberman. The Seven Silly Eaters.

Seven fussy eaters find a way to surprise their mother.

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Anne Miranda.  To Market, To Market.

Starting with the nursery rhyme about buying a fat pig at market, this tale goes on to describe a series of unruly animals that run amok, evading capture and preventing the narrator from cooking lunch.

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Amy Drouse Rosenthal.  Little Pea.

Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents will not let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate.

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Danny Schnitzlein.  The Monster Who Ate My Peas.

A young boy agrees to give a disgusting monster first his soccer ball, then his bike in return for eating the boy’s peas, but when the monster asks for his puppy, the boy makes a surprising discovery.

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Mitchell Sharmat. Gregory the Terrible Eater.

A very picky eater, Gregory the goat refuses the usual goat diet staples of shoes and tin cans in favor of fruits, vegetables, eggs, and orange juice.

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Lauren Thompson. Chew, Chew, Gulp!

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text demonstrate a variety of ways to eat different foods.

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Dan Yaccarino. The Lima Bean Monster.

After Sammy’s dumping of the lima beans he does not want to eat starts a neighborhood trend to put rejected vegetables in a hole in a vacant lot, a terrible lima bean monster rises to terrorize the town.

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Jack Gantos.  Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten.

Rotten Ralph comes to appreciate Sarah’s healthy cat food after he gets sick from eating out of trash cans.

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Dan Gutman. Ms. Leakey is Freaky!

Ella Mentry School hires a health teacher who tries to force the students to eat healthy foods and exercise, whether they want to or not.

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Russell Hoban.  Bread and Jam for Frances.

“Jam on toast,” sings Frances about the food she likes most–until she has it for the sixth meal in two days.

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Gail Gibbons. The Vegetables We Eat.

Illustrations and simple text describe the various vegetables people eat.

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Alison Jackson.  Eggs Over Evie.

Evie feels unsettled and sad after her parents divorce, her father remarries and takes the family dog, and his new wife becomes pregnant, but a cooking class and helping the elderly lady next door with her cat give Evie a way to cope with the changes in her life. Includes recipes.

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Thomas Rockwell.  How to Eat Fried Worms.

A small boy is challenged by a friend to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days for fifty dollars.

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Kathleen Zoehfeld. Secrets of the Garden.

Depicts a family of four who make their garden their summer home as they prepare the soil, plant seeds, water the garden, and watch for a harvest of vegetables.

 


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