Children’s Books

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Books to encourage growing food:

One way to excite children about cooking and/or growing things is to start from an existing interest. So why not inspire the natural desire in children to grow and taste food? Share the joy of growing food and the pleasure of trying something new together.

Many children love story books and there are various books which link cooking/gardening and stories together.

There are also fun versions of some of these books on you tube.

Cook A Doodle Doo by Janet Stevensbooks

An old family recipe, four funny friends and some hilarious cooking confusion! Β A fun picture-book treat for children of all ages!

Garden Safari Vegetable SoupΒ 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.

Grandpa’s Garden by Stella Fry

A lovely story about a boy who grows vegetables with his grandad.

Green Thumbs by Laurie Carlson

A colourful book for young children explaining what is needed to make things grow.

Grow It Cook It by DK Publishing

A great book with recipes and small gardening projects to encourage nurturing and growing food to eat. Perfect for a start into the world of gardening.

Jacks Garden by Henry Colebooks

A fun rhyme leading to a beautiful garden. Lots of facts and new vocabulary along the way.

Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

A beautifully illustrated book explaining how to plant flowers through the seasons in simple text.

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots by Sharon Lovejoy

A wonderful book to inspire gardening. There are 9 different themes eg. a pizza garden and plenty of ideas of what to do.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

A beautifully illustrated book where the illustrations develop showing the benefits of nurturing a garden.This is a lovely story about a little boy who can be spotted on every page engaging the children.books

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

An easy to follow text about the life cycle of a flower.

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

A fun book about a lazy bear and a clever hare who plants a vegetable garden.

Zora’s Zucchini by Katherine Pryor

A great story about the wonder of growing things to eat.

Does your child have a favourite book about growing things?



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42 thoughts on “Children’s Books

  1. What a great post, thanks so much for this! You know Luke has a bit of a green finger, and I’m really excited to go through this list with him. I’ve bookmarked it ready for later in the week!
    Thank you for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday, Ray xx

  2. A lovely list of books! I do love getting in the garden with T, I can’t wait until we can pick vegetables and cook them up for meals #thelist

  3. Oh I’ll have to bookmark this list for the future!! I’d love to grow my own food, and having a garden full of beautiful plants! We’re not very good at gardening but we’ve started tacking ours ready for summer so learning as we go xx

  4. Grow It Cook It by DK Publishing looks good. We’ve just started to plant in the garden and we’re looking for inspiration πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing #TheList

  5. What a wonderful list! A pile of these books would make for a lovely baby shower gift for the expectant gardener!

    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

  6. I’m terrible in the garden – everything I touch tends to wither! I think it’s because I lack patience to be honest and that’s one thing that you definitely need in the garden. I’d love to get the kids interested in growing their own food though and we do have the room now at The Barn. Thanks for this fab list to get me started and for linking it up at #sharethejoy

    1. I really hope you do. You might be surprised by the benefits for the kids – they will develop so many skills and it may even encourage them to eat new or different things. Thanks for hosting πŸ™‚

  7. Great list of books! I’d love a little garden patch but my garden is too small. Doesn’t have to stop me from checking out these books though! #sharethejoy

  8. What a fab list of books! We have a teeny garden with a few large planters, and have herbs and strawberries growing. So lovely to get the kids involved πŸ™‚ #sharethejoy

    1. Glad you like the list, the kids can learn so much from being involved. I always hope it will lead to a life long love of gardening, nurturing.

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