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