Plant-Strong Early Reads: Good Books for Nutritarian (or Just Healthy) Preschoolers

Ehlert’s book is a favorite in our house

UPDATE:  Since writing this post, I’ve found a truly fantastic book for plant-strong kids.  I gave the book its own post here.


In the same vein as my post on plant-strong play, I wanted to highlight the strides we’re making in our family in replacing books that highlight poor nutrition, such as Charles Reasoner’s Color Crunch (below), with book that instead glorify nature’s bounty, such as Lois Ehlert’s Eating the Alphabet (shown above). It has been so incredibly rewarding to see my daughter get excited when she can identify artichokes, beets, and kumquats.

Too many children’s books display unhealthy images like this one

So far, I only have a few books in my arsenal, the others being The Delicious Garden, My Mom Eats Tofu, Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash, and two Sesame Street books from Target’s dollar bins–Fruit Salad Day and Big Bird’s Sweet Smoothies.  I am trying to build the collection, but have had limited success. Perhaps someday I’ll write children’s books.

We have excellent books to teach our kids the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes…why not what they should eat, which is an even more essential part of their daily life?

One Response to “Plant-Strong Early Reads: Good Books for Nutritarian (or Just Healthy) Preschoolers”

  1. I love your focus on healthy, plant-strong books for your family! You may be interested in our book reviews tagged healthy living:

    Among my favorites are Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda. I also love the tofu book you mention in your post — I had the good fortune to meet the author at the DC VegFest in 2012!

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