Best Children's Books About Picky-eating

8 Children's Books About Picky-eating

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Dinnertime for Chickies book
#1
Dinnertime for Chickies
Written and illustrated by Janee Trasler
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Wash your wings, and take a seat. What will these tiny chickies eat? With the help of Cow, Pig, and Sheep, soon the chickies learn to cheep, "Pass the carrots. Pass the peas. Pass those yummy broccolis!" With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, this book is perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy, especially those picky chickies.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato book
#2
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Felix Eats Up book
#3
Felix Eats Up
Written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When picky eater Felix finds himself in a pickle, his best friend, Fiona, gently helps him widen his culinary horizons. Felix brings the same lunch to school every day: sprouts on buttered oat bread. He will also eat pasta with butter. And he loves macaroni and cheese. No need to try anything new. But on the night of his friend Fiona's half-birthday celebration, Felix finds himself facing down an unfamiliar -- and anxiety-provoking -- menu. Will he leave the restaurant hungry, or can Fiona convince him to give new tastes a try? With singular compassion and humor, Rosemary Wells once again shows how the balm of friendship can help buffer a familiar moment of childhood angst.

Too Pickley! book
#4
Too Pickley!
Written by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Geneviève Leloup
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Too wrinkly, too squishy, too fruity, too fishy! It's time to eat, but somebody doesn't like a single item on his plate. What's a picky eater to do? This romping text and stylishly bold art make for a delectable board book. Parents (and the picky eaters they love) will recognize themselves in the hilarious antics played out here, while the ending brings reassurance-and with a little luck, a clean plate.

Mealtime book
#5
Mealtime
Written by Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Simple text and illustrations explain how to behave during mealtime.

Gorillas Go Bananas book
#6
Gorillas Go Bananas
Written by Patrick Wensink and illustrated by Nate Wragg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the author-illustrator team behind Go Go Gorillas comes this lively, rhyming read-aloud starring a baby gorilla who refuses to eat his dinner. Perfect for picky eaters everywhere! It’s suppertime in the jungle, but Baby Gorilla refuses to eat anything Mama and Papa make for him—not banana chips with green guacamole or a piping-hot plate of plantain ravioli. He says no to a dish of bananas flambé and turns up his nose at banana soufflé! Step into the kitchen and laugh at dish after zany dish in this picture book adventure that is sure to make story times—and meal times—fun!

Now I Eat My ABC's book
#7
Now I Eat My ABC's
Written by Pam Abrams and illustrated by Bruce Wolf
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

"Babies and toddlers will love the eye-catching photographs of asparagus, blueberries, peas, strawberries, and more in this yummy alphabet book!"--Cover back.

The Picky Eater book
#8
The Picky Eater
Written by Betsy Parkinson and illustrated by Shane Clester
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Piper the piglet is a very picky eater, who will only eat food beginning with the letter "P"--and somehow her parents must break her of this strange quirk, and get her to eat other good foods.

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