Books to encourage Eating & Cooking Food

End Of The Rainbow Fruit Salad
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Books to engage interest in eating and cooking:

One way to excite children about eating and/or cooking is to start from an existing interest. Most children love reading/sharing books. So why not spark a curiosity about food through stories? Stories may encourage children to make healthy food choices in later life.

Some of these story books encourage an appreciation for the foods we eat. Others are very informative and educational for young children. A few books are great for picky eaters and encourage positive attitudes towards food. Some of the books even introduce a real recipe that can be prepared in the kitchen by children with adult support. The rest are vaguely linked to food but are more just fun books to read!

A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carlebooks

Most children love this story about a caterpillar’s diet before he changes into a beautiful butterfly. Good for counting skills too.

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

A fussy eater loves eating an avocado which makes him strong.

Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey

Sal can’t resist eating the delicious blueberries. Little bear cub also can’t resist them. A lovely story where both end up following the wrong mother.

Eating The Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

A great book with bright and colourful pictures introducing fruit and vegetables to children.

Eddies Kitchen by Sarah Garland

Eddie loves cooking and makes a wonderful birthday cake for his grandad. There are some other fun recipes too.End Of The Rainbow Fruit Salad

End Of The Rainbow Fruit Salad by Eluka Moore, Larry Puzniak & Marianne Welsh

A lovely rhyming story/recipe book introducing different fruits. Great for colour recognition and counting skills too. This story also promotes healthy eating.

Garden Safari Vegetable Soup by Eluka Moore, Larry Puzniak & Marianne Welsh

Perfect for sharing with your toddler and inspiring you to get in the kitchen together. A fun rhyming book encouraging healthy eating.

Go Go Grapes! by April Pulley Sayre

A really fun to join in rhyme with colourful photographs. A great way to learn the names of different fruit.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

A fun rhyming story that children like to join in with. The boy learns that you shouldn’t say you don’t like something unless you have tried it.

Green Is A Chile Pepper by Roseanne Thongbooks

A rhyming story about food and their colours.

Gregory, The Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

A fun story about a goat who is a picky eater. He prefers to eat healthy foods!

Guacamole by Jorge Argueta

A fun poem about guacamole with a recipe.

Handas Suprise by Eileen Browne

A bright and colourful picture book about a little girl who carries a variety of fruits in a basket. They get eaten one by one by various animals.

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth

A basic introduction into where some of our food comes from.

How To Make An Apple Pie by Marjorie Priceman

A lovely story about gathering the ingredients needed to make an apple pie.

I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato by Lauren Child

A great story to share with picky eaters. Lola ends up eating the fruit she most hates purely down to it being called something else.

Jamberry by Bruce Degenbooks

A beautifully illustrated book about a boy and a bear searching for a variety of berries.

Lady and Bella’s Alphabet Kitchen by Annette Bridges

A fun story about two dogs with an a to z of recipes.

Lidia’s Egg-Citing Farm Adventure by Lidia Bastianich

A story introducing where eggs come from with recipes including eggs and chicken.

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A fun story about a pea who dreads dinner time and is only allowed his vegetables if he eats his sweets.

Oliver’s Fruit Salad by Alison Bartlett

Oliver learns to enjoy the colourful and tasty fruit by making a fruit salad from the fruit that his grandpa grows.

Oliver’s Vegetables by Alison Bartlett

Oliver will only eat chips until he visits his grandpa and learns all about vegetables.

Pancakes Pancakes by Eric Carle

Children will learn the ingredients needed to make a pancake. A fun story for younger children.

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooperbooks

A story mainly about friendship but the animal characters make pumpkin soup along the way. A recipe is included.

Rah Rah Radishes by April Pulley Sayre

A really fun to join in rhyme with colourful photographs. A great way to learn a range of vegetables.

Sam’s Sandwich by David Pelham

There are some surprising things to be found in this sandwich! A fun sandwich shaped book with lift the flaps.

Sylvia’s Spinach by Katherine Pryor

Sylvia finds that growing the vegetable encourages her to enjoy eating it.

The Hungriest Dragon by Kimberly Segraves

A tale about a lonely boy who helps a hungry dragon and the fun they have on their journey.books

The Incredicle Edible Alphabet Book by Aunty Rozzy

A fun way to learn about healthy food and the alphabet along the way!

The Yummy Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

This may inspire little chefs to try new things. Some interesting foods are covered as children consolidate learning the alphabet.

Too Pickley by Jean Reidy

A fun and great to read out loud text. Perfect for picky eaters.


Why not try and find books that encourages your child to want to cook something?

Do you have any favourite books of this type that you could share with us?





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60 thoughts on “Books to encourage Eating & Cooking Food

  1. These are Fab list! I only know A Very Hungry Caterpillar one. I think I will have a look for the rest in our local library. They sound like Ethan would enjoy reading them. Thank you so much for linking up and hopefully see you next week. Have a lovely weekend. x #FabFridayPost

    1. Thank you – I hope Ethan does enjoy them – there are some really great ones on the list. Thank you so much for hosting & enjoy the sunshine this weekend 🙂

  2. What a great list… lots of our favs but some titles I hadn’t heard of… I’ll be keeping an eye out for them! Thankyou so much for lining up with #busydoinglife hope you can join me again tomorrow?!

    1. Thanks. We will be having a guest post from Eluka Moore the author of ‘End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad’ in the next couple of weeks. I am excited to see what she has to say about stories and cooking with children. Thanks for hosting 🙂

  3. I love cooking and can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to cook with me – I’ll be referring back to this list then – thank you 🙂 #busydoinglife

    Helen x

  4. Wow! so many fabulous books to check out! I love the look of the rainbow fruit salad book and the avocado baby, going to order some from our library! 🙂 x

    1. The End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad book is fab. The author is doing a guest blog in Sept/ Oct so I’m looking forward to hearing her views on story books and children cooking. Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. What a great and useful list! We have a few of these at home but lots are new to me and I will have fun looking for some of these to enjoy with the children! #thelist

  6. What a great collection of books! I also love the very hungry caterpillar but all those other books I have never heard of, sound great and will look into getting some of them. Thanks for the great list! #twinklytuesday

    1. I really hope one or two of these help a little! Please let me know if they do. Thanks for reading.

  7. A great list. We love the very hungry caterpillar. It’s my favourite of all time! Thanks for sharing! Some of these i’ve not heard of, so we may be paying a visit to the local library!n

    Angela from

  8. Fantastic list The Hungry Caterpillar is a firm fave in our house the girls always say I’m easting this just like the caterpillar! thanks for linking up to #kidscorner

    1. Thank you. Think most children love that one. Hope you check out some of the others. Thanks for reading 🙂

  9. A great list! Have you read Eat Your Peas! By Kes Grey and Nick Sharratt. Its defo worth a look, a funny book for children and the adult reader!

    Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday 🙂

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