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10 Children’s Books that Teach Kids About Their Food

By michellehorton |

The further we advance technologically, the further we move away from truly understanding where our food comes from. And that disconnect from “farm to fork” only widens with each generation that’s born into a world where everything we need is in a giant Supermarket — packaged and ready to eat.

Most modern kids aren’t raising and growing their own food. They don’t understand the life behind their meals. They don’t question how their food came to be, or even what kind of ingredients they’re putting into their bodies.

Yet as parents, we have a responsibility to close that divide. To teach them about their food and create healthy attitudes about nutrition, agriculture, and sustainability.

If this is a goal of yours, here are 10 children’s books to add to your collection:

10 Children’s Books that Teach Kids About Their Food

Children's Books for a Healthy Food Attitude

As Kathleen Kelly famously said in You've Got Mail, "When you read a book as a child, it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does."


That quote has always stayed with me (as did everything that Kathleen Kelly said). Children's books have a way of permeating our psyches in a way that television and movies simply can't. And so when you're trying to teach something important in a subtle and effective way — like creating healthy attitudes about food, for instance — why not use children's books? Click through for 10 of my favorite examples.

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About michellehorton



Michelle Horton is the founder of Early Mama, an award-winning site that proves young motherhood doesn’t have to define or limit us. When not writing, she’s typically pretending to be a superhero in her 4-year-old son’s imaginative play. Read bio and latest posts → Read Michelle's latest posts →

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