Book List

Here's a list of some of favorite nutrition, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle books!

Feeding Children

  • Child of Mine Feeding with Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter
  • Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family by Ellyn Satter
  • How to Get Your Kid to Eat...But Not Too Much by Ellyn Satter
  • Your Child's Weight: Helping Without Harming by Ellyn Satter

Teaching Nutrition & Physical Activity to Children

  • How to Teach Nutrition to Kids by Connie Liakos Evers, M.S., R.D.
  • Nutrition Activities for Preschoolers by Debby Cryer, Adele Richardson Ray and Thelma Harms
  • The Foods I Eat...The Foods You Eat by Program Developers, Janice M. Hamilton, MS, MBA and Roberta L. Duff, MS, RD
  • Movement and Activities for Early Childhood by Carol Totsky Hammett
  • Preschoolers Moving and Learning by Rae Pica with music by Richard Gardzina
  • Do Carrots Make Your See Better? A Guide to Food and Nutrition in Early Childhood Programs by Julie Appleton, Nadine McCrea and Carla Patterson
Children's books about Food, Eating and Health for you and your children to read together:


  • The Cake That Mack Ate by Rose Robart
  • The Popcorn Book by Tomie dePaola
  • The Little Red Hen and the Ear of Wheat by Mary Finch
  • Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris
  • The Tortilla Factory by Gary Paulsen
  • Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven
  • Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Fruits and Vegetables

  • I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
  • The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
  • Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French
  • Carrot Seed by Maurice Sendak
  • Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
  • Soup for Supper by Phyllis Root
  • The Pea Patch Jig by Thacher Hurd
  • Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
  • Oliver's Fruit Salad by Vivian French
  • I Eat Vegetables! by Hannah Tofts
  • Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
  • I Eat Fruit! by Hannah Tofts


  • Kiss the Cow by Phyllis Root
  • Oliver's Milkshake by Vivian French
  • Milk From Cow to Carton by Aliki
  • The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons


  • Peanut Butter and Jelly by Nadine Bernard Westcott
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
  • Two Eggs, Please by Sarah Weeks and Betsy Lewin
  • Mice and Beans by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Yoko by Rosemary Wells


  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Pizza Pat by Rita Golden Gelman
  • Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

Growing Vegetables

  • Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
  • This Year's Garden by Cynthia Rylert
  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan
  • Native American Gardening (stories, projects and recipes for families ) by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac


  • This Is The Bread I Baked for Ned by Crescent Dragonwagon
  • My Kitchen by Harlow Rockwell
  • Cooking with Kids by Caroline Ackerman
  • My First Kitchen Gadget (series of six) by Joanne Barkan

Foods and Eating

  • Alphabet Soup by Kate Banks
  • What a Good Lunch!  by Shigeo Watanabe
  • How Pizza Came to Queens by Dayal Kaur Khalsa
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judith Barrett
  • D.W. The Picky Eater by Marc Brown
  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague


  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  • The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and David Small
  • Who's Garden is it? by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • How Ground Hog's Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry
  • Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by Edith Pattou
  • Linnes in Monet's Garden by Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson
  • Lily's Garden by Deborah Kogan Ray
  • This Year's Garden by Cynthia Rylant

Food Shopping

  • The Food Market by Peter Spier 
  • The Supermarket by Anne and Harlow Rockwell


  • Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie de Paola
  • Oh Dear! by Rod Campbell
  • Anytime Mapleson and the Hungry Bears by Mordicai Gerstein
  • The Three Bears by Paul Galdone

Food Folklore

  • Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
  • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Foods and Counting

  • Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg
  • One Grain of Rice (a mathematical folktale) by Demi, adapted by David Barry

Cultural Stories

  • Fiesta U.S.A. (Hispanic-American folklore) by George Ancona
  • This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch by Edith Baer

Hand Washing

  • Wash Your Hands by Tony Ross
  • Germs Make Me Sick! by Melvin Berger

Being Active

  • Bearobics by Vic Parker
  • From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
  • Clap Your Hands by Lorinda B. Cauley
  • Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
  • Can You Move Like an Elephant? by Judy Hindley
  • The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats
  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  • Over, Under & Through by Tana Hoban
  • Jump Frog, Jump by Byron Barton
  • My Very First Book of Motion by Eric Carle
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Toddlerobics by Zita Newcome
  • You Can't Make a Move Without Your Muscles by Paul Showers