Having a picky eater can be tricky, especially with so many opinions on how to approach it as a parent. We’ve gathered our favorite children’s books to read with your picky eaters to help them realize that trying a new food might turn out in their favor. Whether your child just doesn’t like broccoli, or they hate any food that doesn’t start with the letter “P,” we’re positive you’ll find some help and laughs through these fun reads!
How to Feed Your Parents - Who’s feeding whom? Matilda Macaroni loves to try new foods! Unfortunately, her parents don’t. They only like pizza delivered, burgers from a bag, and noodles from a box. What’s a girl with adventurous tastes to do? The engaging heroine of this fun, twisted picture book manages to turn the tables on her finicky parents and teach them that dinner can be more than chicken nuggets. There’s also a recipe for quiche that young cooks can try!
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I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato - Lola is a fussy eater. A very fussy eater. She won’t eat her carrots (until her brother Charlie reveals that they’re orange twiglets from Jupiter). She won’t eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they’re cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji). There are many things Lola won’t eat, including - and especially - tomatoes. Or will she? Two endearing siblings star in a witty story about the triumph of imagination over proclivity.
Monsters Do Not Eat Broccoli - Illustrations and rhyming text reveal how imagination can spice up even the healthiest meal.
The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster - A young American girl’s picky eating habits transform a small worm into the famous Loch Ness monster. Includes facts about the biology of pickiness.
Mealtime - Simple text and illustrations explain how to behave during mealtime.
Prince Peter the Picky Eater - Prince Peter does not like to eat his vegetables. But when his father, the king, insists, Peter ends up eating a few strange things, and strange things start happening. This tale just might embolden any picky eater to give veggies a try.
Picky Nicky - Picky eater Nicky declares that she would rather eat bees and parrots than peas and carrots until her inventive family devises a clever plan to overcome her finicky habits. Original.
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! - Pigeon learns about sharing when a curious duckling keeps asking questions about the hot dog Pigeon has found.
Tales for Very Picky Eaters - A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.
The Runaway Dinner - What happens if someone’s dinner decides that, well, it doesn’t want to be eaten? For a hungry little boy named Banjo and a savory sausage named Melvin, it’s a plight that can only result in a breathless escape — and what a chase it is! Off speeds the sturdy sausage — leading fork, knife, and plate, chair and table, a handful of fries with various French names, and three fat little peas — out the door, down the street, and around the park, with poor Banjo taking up the rear. Will the famished boy ever catch them? And what (gulp) happens to Melvin if he does? Allan Ahlberg is in his element with this fast and funny tale, while Bruce Ingman’s kid-friendly illustrations add visual comedy to the chase.
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