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Looking for a list of the best kids books about vegetables?

Your kids don’t want to eat their broccoli, huh? You’re not alone! Take a stab at reading some of these veggie-filled books we’ve found to help get your children excited to munch on those green. From alphabet and counting books to stories of picky eaters and making yummy meals, these books are full of vivid vegetables you can read with your kids to add a little extra encouragement for healthy eating.

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Top 10 Books About Vegetables

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Little Pea
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
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This book is pretty well known at this point, and for good reason. The illustrations are charming and the story about Little Pea who REALLY doesn't want to eat his candy for dinner is remarkably clever. It's on the longer side in terms of amount of text for a board book but is absolutely worth it, and until your baby/younger toddler has a long enough attention span go for the paraphrasing the story as you go along because this is definitely one worth owning. By turning the classic childhood distaste for vegetables on it's head this book hits the perfect note of silly for a message that might actually sink in.
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children’s books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won’t eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud, and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
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I absolutely love this series! I actually learned quite a bit about vegetables. It's fun to read, and absolutely gorgeous to look at! It highlights a different vegetable that starts with each letter in the alphabet.
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to a colorful variety of vegetables, from asparagus to zucchini. Perfect to read aloud, this vegetable buffet will delight children and parents alike with its yummy vegetable facts and vibrant illustrations. Learning the ABCs has never been so delicious! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet is the first in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

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Tacos!: An Interactive Recipe Book
Written & illustrated by Lotta Nieminen
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This is such a fabulous interactive book, though I'd recommend it being for a little bit older children, as there are a lot of pieces you can take out of this book. This interactive book is perfect for little ones interested in food and cooking, and I love that it has an actual recipe full of directions! There are a lot of veggies in this book as taco toppings, and it talks about chopping them and getting them ready to add to the tacos--a great way to talk about how such a yummy food item contains nutrients for our bodies!
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

For kids who cook in a play kitchen or a real kitchen, this interactive recipe book invites readers to chop the vegetables, mash the avocado, warm the tortillas, and more - all inside the book! Step one: Cut the chicken into cubes and toss it in a bowl with the spices. Step two: Warm oil on a skillet on the stove, then add the chicken. Step three: While the chicken cooks, chop the scallions, slice the radishes, shred the cabbage, mince the cilantro. Simple yet accurate recipe text takes readers through the steps of cooking tacos, while the interactive novelty features such as pull tabs, sliders, wheels, and pop-out pieces invite them to participate in the process. Perfect for kids who love to help in the kitchen, or any child who prefers to “do it myself.” This is the third title in the COOK IN A BOOK series.

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We're Going to the Farmers' Market
Written & illustrated by Stefan Page
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This is one of my favorite board books! You can't beat the vivid, bright, beautiful colors and illustrations in this book, and I love that it talks kids through where their food comes from, starting with the farmers and ending up on their plates.
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

In this story, readers get to visit local farmers, fill baskets with fresh fruits and vegetables, and then head home to cook a feast, all with goodies from the farmers’ market! Featuring Stefan Page’s graphic art, this delightful board book is filled with bold splashes of color and unique patterns.

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Sophie's Squash
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

On a trip to the farmers’ market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents’ gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes…. What’s a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble?

The recipient of four starred reviews, an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Sophie’s Squash will be a fresh addition to any collection of autumn books.

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Before We Eat: From Farm to Table
Written by Pat Brisson & illustrated by Mary Azarian
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

As a family sits down to enjoy a meal, thoughts of those who provide the food, from farmers who plant and tend seeds to store clerks who sell groceries, fill each one with gratitude.

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I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
Written & illustrated by Lauren Child
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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.

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Soup Day
Written & illustrated by Melissa Iwai
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This is a very unique book.I really enjoyed reading it. The little girl gets to help her mother make soup, and while it's cooking they get to play, and then clean up and then eat the delicious soup together. I loved that it showed how children can help their parents and then, often, their parents have time to play with them. When there is order there is enjoyment by all. It also has a recipe at the end which is a very fun touch.
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Now in board book! A young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together—step by step—to prepare the meal. A little later, the family sits down to enjoy a special dinner. Melissa Iwai’s Soup Day celebrates the importance of making a nutritious meal and sharing in the process as a family. A Christy Ottaviano Book

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Edible Numbers
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Vogel Bass
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Juicy apples! Plump, ripe pears! Twisted mushrooms! Counting your way through the farmer’s market has never been so much fun. Discover a world filled with exciting fruits and vegetables in this bright, bold follow-up to Edible Colors. This simple concept counting book will leave your mouth watering as you count from one to twelve with a kaleidoscope of tasty produce. Readers will learn about counting, variety, and color through the detailed, crisp photographs of homegrown and farmer’s market fruits and vegetables!

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Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant
Written & illustrated by April Pulley Sayre
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Photographs of vegetables and rhyming text celebrate vegetables in all their colorful and tasty variety.

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Books About Vegetables and Cooking

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Tacos!: An Interactive Recipe Book
Written & illustrated by Lotta Nieminen
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This is such a fabulous interactive book, though I'd recommend it being for a little bit older children, as there are a lot of pieces you can take out of this book. This interactive book is perfect for little ones interested in food and cooking, and I love that it has an actual recipe full of directions! There are a lot of veggies in this book as taco toppings, and it talks about chopping them and getting them ready to add to the tacos--a great way to talk about how such a yummy food item contains nutrients for our bodies!
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

For kids who cook in a play kitchen or a real kitchen, this interactive recipe book invites readers to chop the vegetables, mash the avocado, warm the tortillas, and more - all inside the book! Step one: Cut the chicken into cubes and toss it in a bowl with the spices. Step two: Warm oil on a skillet on the stove, then add the chicken. Step three: While the chicken cooks, chop the scallions, slice the radishes, shred the cabbage, mince the cilantro. Simple yet accurate recipe text takes readers through the steps of cooking tacos, while the interactive novelty features such as pull tabs, sliders, wheels, and pop-out pieces invite them to participate in the process. Perfect for kids who love to help in the kitchen, or any child who prefers to “do it myself.” This is the third title in the COOK IN A BOOK series.

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We're Going to the Farmers' Market
Written & illustrated by Stefan Page
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This is one of my favorite board books! You can't beat the vivid, bright, beautiful colors and illustrations in this book, and I love that it talks kids through where their food comes from, starting with the farmers and ending up on their plates.
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

In this story, readers get to visit local farmers, fill baskets with fresh fruits and vegetables, and then head home to cook a feast, all with goodies from the farmers’ market! Featuring Stefan Page’s graphic art, this delightful board book is filled with bold splashes of color and unique patterns.

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Soup Day
Written & illustrated by Melissa Iwai
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This is a very unique book.I really enjoyed reading it. The little girl gets to help her mother make soup, and while it's cooking they get to play, and then clean up and then eat the delicious soup together. I loved that it showed how children can help their parents and then, often, their parents have time to play with them. When there is order there is enjoyment by all. It also has a recipe at the end which is a very fun touch.
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Now in board book! A young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together—step by step—to prepare the meal. A little later, the family sits down to enjoy a special dinner. Melissa Iwai’s Soup Day celebrates the importance of making a nutritious meal and sharing in the process as a family. A Christy Ottaviano Book

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  1. Gazpacho for Nacho - Nacho likes to eat only one thing–gazpacho! Gazpacho for breakfast, gazpacho for lunch, gazpacho for dinner, for snacks, and for brunch. Nacho won’t even try other dishes–until he discovers miles and piles of mouthwatering vegetables at the market. This lively rhyming story, sprinkled with Spanish, will delight little chefs. A recipe for Gazpacho and a Spanish glossary are included.

  2. Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip -

  3. Every Color Soup - Purple, yellow, orange, and red. Just the right mix of colored vegetables make a delicious soup in this tasty introduction to colors, counting, and veggies. <p/>All you need is a pot, a spoon, an adult helper, and vegetables of many colors to make a very special soup–Every Color Soup! Learn colors and vegetable names in this bright and colorful picture book with minimal text perfect for the beginning reader. Jorey Hurley’s bright, graphic art and simple text make this vibrant book a perfect read-aloud for budding cooks and their families. This lively picture book also comes with a recipe!

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Books About Vegetables and Cooking And Food

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I absolutely love this series! I actually learned quite a bit about vegetables. It's fun to read, and absolutely gorgeous to look at! It highlights a different vegetable that starts with each letter in the alphabet.
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to a colorful variety of vegetables, from asparagus to zucchini. Perfect to read aloud, this vegetable buffet will delight children and parents alike with its yummy vegetable facts and vibrant illustrations. Learning the ABCs has never been so delicious! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet is the first in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

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Before We Eat: From Farm to Table
Written by Pat Brisson & illustrated by Mary Azarian
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

As a family sits down to enjoy a meal, thoughts of those who provide the food, from farmers who plant and tend seeds to store clerks who sell groceries, fill each one with gratitude.

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Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant
Written & illustrated by April Pulley Sayre
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Photographs of vegetables and rhyming text celebrate vegetables in all their colorful and tasty variety.

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  1. Sylvia's Spinach - Sylvia Spivens refuses to eat spinach, but when the teacher gives her a package of spinach seeds for the class garden, she has no choice but to plant and nurture them.

  2. Little Red Hot - Little Red Hot loves red hot chilli peppers. She eats them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When her grandmother catches a cold, Little Red makes her a hot pepper pie that will “knock those cold germs right out of her”. But before Little Red shares her pie with Grandma, she meets Señor Lobo. The pie comes in very handy when the wily wolf tries to trick her into thinking he’s her grandmother.

  3. Vegetables in Holiday Underwear - There’s underwear for every day of the week and every month of the year. But come December, Pea proclaims to everyone who will listen that it’s his favorite time of the year! There’s underwear for all of the best holiday activities—playing in the snow, hanging the lights, and baking cookies. Plus, underwear makes the perfect gift! Everyone wants new undies, even . . . Santa?! With the same snappy humor that made Vegetables in Underwear a hit with the preschool set, Jared Chapman’s latest makes the perfect stocking stuffer.

  4. Popcorn Country - How does a field of corn become a delicious bowl of popcorn? The story behind the fluffy snack the entire country loves is revealed in this photographic nonfiction picture book. Kids love food–and they especially love to eat popcorn! Author Cris Peterson offers an illuminating step-by-step examination of the history and science behind America’s favorite snack. With photographs illustrating every stage, readers get a behind-the-scenes view of how popcorn is planted, grown, harvested, processed, tested, and finally shipped to stores and movie theaters all over the world. Back matter delves into the history of popcorn and how it became so popular in the United States.

Books About Vegetables and Fruit

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Edible Numbers
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Vogel Bass
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Juicy apples! Plump, ripe pears! Twisted mushrooms! Counting your way through the farmer’s market has never been so much fun. Discover a world filled with exciting fruits and vegetables in this bright, bold follow-up to Edible Colors. This simple concept counting book will leave your mouth watering as you count from one to twelve with a kaleidoscope of tasty produce. Readers will learn about counting, variety, and color through the detailed, crisp photographs of homegrown and farmer’s market fruits and vegetables!

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Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eat
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Vogel Bass
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

“A unique and eye-catching concepts board book featuring brightly colored varieties of fruits and vegetables that’s perfect for teaching little ones to identify colors (and good foods to eat).” - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

With a combination of unusual foods and a kaleidoscope of colors, this concept book shows that not all foods have to look the same way. A banana can be red, broccoli can be purple, and cherries can be yellow and still taste just as delicious.

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Eating the Alphabet
Written & illustrated by Lois Ehlert
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

A popular alphabet storybook is presented in a sturdy, easy-to-hold board-book edition for the youngest readers and highlights vivid collage illustrations of colorful apples, blueberries, carrots, yams, and zucchini.

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  1. Pick, Pull, Snap!: Where Once a Flower Bloomed - In the orchard a honey bee buzzes. Its legs brush pollen inside a fragrant pink flower: A small green fruit begins to grow and grow and grow…. Peaches and peas and even peanuts – they all begin with a single flower: How? Open this book and find out!

  2. Very Hungry Wolf - Fans of Agnese Baruzzi’s imaginative board books will “gobble up” this lively book about a wolf whose eyes and appetite are bigger than his stomach. In this hilarious lift-the-flap board book, a HUNGRY wolf is ready to devour whatever animal crosses his path, with a quick “chomp, chomp!” But when he gobbles up one creature who’s a little more challenging than he imagines, the wolf may have to rethink his diet altogether. Children will love lifting the flaps of this book to find out who’s on the menu, and what happens when one hungry wolf meets his match.

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Books About Vegetables and Peas

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Little Pea
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
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This book is pretty well known at this point, and for good reason. The illustrations are charming and the story about Little Pea who REALLY doesn't want to eat his candy for dinner is remarkably clever. It's on the longer side in terms of amount of text for a board book but is absolutely worth it, and until your baby/younger toddler has a long enough attention span go for the paraphrasing the story as you go along because this is definitely one worth owning. By turning the classic childhood distaste for vegetables on it's head this book hits the perfect note of silly for a message that might actually sink in.
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children’s books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won’t eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud, and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.

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LMNO Peas
Written & illustrated by Keith Baker
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers—each one themed to a letter of the alphabet—and gives a wonderful sense of the colorful world we live in. Children will have so much fun poring over the detailed scenes that they won’t even realize they’re learning the alphabet along the way!

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Go, Pea, Go!
Written & illustrated by Joe Moshier and Chris Sonnenburg
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Pea Junior has to go, go, go, go! The end feels so far away, but with his family and friends cheering him on, Pea knows he can make it and go number one! A potty chart, a sheet of stickers, and the lyrics and music notation for the “Go, Pea, Go!” song are included to make an easy, all-in-one, go-to book for parents to help ease the pressure of the race to the Pea Bowl.

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  1. 1-2-3 Peas - Busy little peas engage in their favorite activities as they introduce the numbers from one to one hundred.

  2. The Princess and the Petri Dish - Pippa isn’t your usual princess. She prefers petrie dishes to perfecting her curtseying. And when she realizes that she doesn’t like peas, she gets a bright idea that consumes her and almost the whole kingdom.

  3. Little Green Peas - Little green peas make their way into collections of objects of many different colors, from blue boats, seas, and flags, to orange balloons, umbrellas, and fizzy drinks.

  4. Shanté Keys and the New Year's Peas - When Shante´ is sent to find black-eyed peas for her family’s New Year’s celebration, she learns about each of her neighbor’s New Year’s traditions in their home countries.

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Sophie's Squash
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

On a trip to the farmers’ market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents’ gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes…. What’s a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble?

The recipient of four starred reviews, an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Sophie’s Squash will be a fresh addition to any collection of autumn books.

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Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables
Written by Troy Cummings
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

Alexander is used to finding monsters everywhere in Stermont, but now the school is being turned into an icebox by giant meat-eating vegetables–and his friend Rip has gone missing.

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Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Plan
Written by Frances O’Roark Dowell & illustrated by Amy June Bates
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

Sam the Man has a new school project. He’s got to “babysit” the—eep!—worst vegetable ever this second hilarious chapter book in a new series from Frances O’Roark Dowell. Sam the Man is back, and he needs a NEW plan. Sam has already solved a chicken problem, but this time, he’s having rutabaga issues. Rutabaga? Yes, Rutabaga. You see, Sam thought he was quite clever, missing school while his classmates were picking out their vegetable for a two-week science project. But, instead of being able to skip the project, he gets stuck with the vegetable that no one else wanted: the rutabaga! What even is this thing? It’s dirty and kinda purple, and it does not look like something Sam would ever eat. Sam the Man is not a vegetable man to begin with, and he doesn’t think he’ll ever be a rutabaga man. But after drawing a little face on it, he starts to grow fond of the curious veg. Then it dawns on him that vegetables don’t last forever…so he changes his plan: he has to keep this rutabaga happy—and rot-free—for as long as he can. To do that, he’ll have to make the best dirt possible. All he needs is a little help from nature, and, of course, his chickens!

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  1. Feast of Peas - Hard-working Jiva might not be the only one anticipating a delicious feast of peas from his garden. Every morning, Jiva works in his garden until the sun turns as red as a bride’s sari. He plants peas and beans, potatoes and tomatoes, eggplants and okra in his vegetable patch. When his friend Ruvji admires his plants Jiva sings, Plump peas, sweet peas, Lined- up-in-the-shell peas. Peas to munch, peas to crunch A feast of peas for lunch. But each time Jiva is ready to pick the peas for his feast, they’re already gone. What has happened? From the award-winning author and illustrator team who created Tiger in My Soup, this original story set in India features a deliciously amusing mystery about gardening, anticipation, hard work, and generosity.

  2. Hedgehog and Rabbit: The Stubborn Cloud - Hedgehog and Rabbit enjoy eating cabbages and looking for snails in their peaceful garden. When the sun is suddenly blocked by a stubborn cloud, the two friends need to come up with a plan to chase that cloud away.

  3. Ms. Hall Is a Goofball! - With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading! In this twelfth book in the My Weirdest School series, there’s a new lunch lady at Ella Mentry! Ms. Hall is obsessed with healthy food, and she makes it her mission to get A.J. and the gang to eat more veggies. But they won’t take this sitting down. Can Ms. Hall lure them over to the veggie side? Or will their resistance be a piece of cake? Perfect for reluctant readers and all kids hungry for funny school stories, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

  4. Ode to an Onion - Sad about the subject of a poem he is writing, Pablo Neruda visits his friend Matilde who shows him, through a simple onion, that happiness can be found even through tears. Includes facts about Pablo and Matilde, and Neruda’s Ode to the Onion in Spanish and English.

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Books About Vegetables and Carrots

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The Carrot Seed
Written by Ruth Krauss & illustrated by Crockett Johnson
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won’t grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits … First published in 1945 and never out of print, this timeless combination of Ruth Krauss’s simple text and Crockett Johnson’s eloquent illustrations creates a triumphant and deeply satisfying story for readers of all ages.

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Too Many Carrots
Written by Katy Hudson
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

The bestselling picture book that Publisher’s Weekly calls “simultaneously sassy and sweet.” Rabbit loves carrots — and that’s a big problem! In this phenomenal bestseller, Rabbit loves carrots a little too much. In fact, his carrots are crowding him out of his cozy burrow. When his friends offer to help, they’re just asking for trouble — a lot of trouble! This charming and lovingly illustrated children’s book, by acclaimed author Katy Hudson (A Loud Winter’s Nap and Bear and Duck), shows how friendships get us over the rough spots in life, even if the going gets a little bumpy. Too Many Carrots is the perfect springtime, Eastertime, and anytime gift.

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Bunny Built
Written & illustrated by Michael Slack
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

A construction bunny learns a creative lesson in sharing and friendship when he meets the biggest carrot of his life. LaRue was very handy. His toolbox had everything and industrious bunny could ever need. Everything, that is, except carrots. But then LaRue stumbles onto a special seed. With proper tending, this seed quickly grows into an ENORMOUS CARROT! What’s a bunny to do with so much carrot? In a stroke of construction genius (and generosity), LaRue has the answer. This clever story celebrates just what it means to be a friend. A Christy Ottaviano Book

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  1. Christmas Wombat - “Slept. Scratched. Slept.” Indeed, it seems like Christmas will be just another day for the wombat . . . until she smells carrots! In this charming picture book, the star of Diary of a Wombat goes head to head with Santa’s reindeer in competition for carrots—and wins. Then, as an accidental stowaway on Santa’s sleigh, she learns that carrots are internationally available. No wonder she isn’t hungry for treats on Christmas morning! Engaging illustrations delightfully complement the spare text in this unique, wombat’s-eye view of a favorite holiday.

  2. Creepy Carrots! - In this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots–especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.
    He eats them on the way to school.
    He eats them going to Little League.
    He eats them walking home.
    Until the day the carrots start following him…or are they?
    Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy.

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Plants Feed Me
Written & illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

An elegant, easy-to-read text and beautiful illustrations describe the parts of plants that humans eat.

Watermelons are fruits. Cabbages are leaves. Walnuts are seeds. Carrots are roots. People eat many parts of plants. Even flowers!

Detailed illustrations teach new readers about the edible parts of different plants, including leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and seeds. Labeled diagrams explain how an apple seed can grow into a new plant, reveal how a walnut is contained within its shell, and show how wheat seeds make flour.

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Strega Nona's Harvest
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A charming celebration of autumn’s bounty by perennial favorite Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola’s beloved Strega Nona is back in a colorful picture book, perfect for fall and the changing seasons. With beautiful illustrations reminiscent of the artwork that won Tomie dePaola the Caldecott Honor for the original Strega Nona, this celebration of harvest and gardening will make the perfect addition to any Strega Nona collection.

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Goodnight, Veggies
Written by Diana Murray & illustrated by Zachariah OHora
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Every veggie needs their shut-eye in this restful, charming story set in the community garden, illustrated by New York Times best-selling artist Zachariah OHora. Perfect for fans of the Llama Llama series.
 
As the sun begins to set, the tomatoes are tuckered out, the cucumbers are calm, and the beets are simply beat.
 
But what’s got them all so exhausted?
 
Celebrate the turning of day to night in this perfect bedtime ritual for plants—and humans—everywhere!

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  1. Pete Moss and the Super Strong Spinach - Follow Pete Moss in this magical, beautifully illustrated story as he attends boarding school on Bloomers Island to learn about gardening and growing his own vegetables. When Professor Sage announces the Very Very Veggie Challenge, Pete immediately knows what he needs to grow spinach. It’s the one vegetable that can make him stronger. But does Pete have the patience to grow his spinach plants to win the contest? With the help of headmaster Professor Sage and his fellow Bloomers, Pete learns all about spinach, working hard toward his goals, and that good things take time to happen! The Bloomers series brings to life the world of gardening and healthy-eating to young children in new and exciting ways.

  2. A Year in Our New Garden - Anna and Benjamin’s family has just moved into their new house and even though it’s in the middle of a busy town, it has a beautiful big garden for them all to enjoy.Soon the family has made plans for their perfect garden – Mum wants a lawn and a terrace, Dad wants to help the birds and insects, Benjamin wants to plant beautiful flowers and Anna wants to fill the garden with tasty vegetables.Join Anna and Benjamin as, with a little help from their neighbor, they spend a year learning about all the wonderful things you can do in a garden: planting, harvesting, playing, enjoying picnics and spotting wildlife.Alongside the charming story, A Year in Our New Garden also gives real gardening tips and provides recipes for tasty home-grown snacks to inspire children to get outdoors, be active and learn how nature changes around them throughout the year.This beautifully detailed, seasonal story is a perfect companion to Gerda Muller’s A Year Around the Great Oak and How Does My Garden Grow?

  3. Fresh-Picked Poetry - This collection of poems takes young readers to a day at an urban farmers’ market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown—it’s all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors’ wares with poems like “Farmer Greg’s Free-Range Eggs,” “Summer Checklist,” and “Necessary Mess.” Bright and vibrant, this is the perfect guide for little ones to take with them on marketing day to inspire literacy and healthy eating.

  4. Violet and the Eggplant Painting Problem - In Violet and the Eggplant Painting Problem, Professor Sage holds a contest between the young Bloomers, where each must choose their favorite vegetable to grow and care for. Here, young readers are introduced to the character of Violet, a painter who loves purple. So of course she chooses to grow eggplants, and decides to make paintings of them to track their progress. But she runs into a problem—there’s no more purple paint! Violet quickly learns that she can gather blackberries to make her own purple paint, and she is able to paint her vegetables after all. Bloomers Island Garden of Stories picture books take young readers and listeners to Bloomers Island to experience the world of plants, flowers, and gardens through lively stories and lush illustrations.

Books About Vegetables and Potatoes

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Rot, the Cutest in the World!
Written & illustrated by Ben Clanton
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rot, a mutant potato, enters a “Cutest in the World” contest but worries when he sees his competition.

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I'm Worried
Written by Michael Ian Black & illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A girl, a flamingo, and a worried potato star in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s series about feelings—and why they’re good, even when they feel bad. Potato is worried. About everything. Because anything might happen. When he tells his friends, he expects them to comfort him by saying that everything will be okay. Except they don’t. Because it might not be, and that’s okay too. Still, there’s one thing they can promise for sure: no matter what happens…they will always be by his side.

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My Life as a Potato
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
For anyone who has ever felt like a potato in middle school, this hilarious story about a boy forced to become the dorkiest school mascot ever will have readers cheering!
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  1. I'm Sad - A girl, a potato, and a very sad flamingo star in this charming sequel to I’m Bored by New York Times bestselling author and comedian Michael Ian Black and celebrated illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Everyone feels sad sometimes—even flamingos.

  2. Chip and Curly - Chip the potato chip is sure he has the annual Spud City Festival sack race in the bag–he’s been practicing all year. But when Curly the springy curly fry shows up, Chip knows he’s in trouble. This totally funny story is filled with clever potato puns–and subtle themes of sportsmanship and persistence.

  3. I'm Bored - When a bored girl meets a potato who finds children tedious, she tries to prove him wrong by demonstrating all of the things they can do, from turning cartwheels to using their imaginations.

  4. Potato Pants! - Potato is very excited to buy a pair of pants on sale at Lance Vance’s Fancy Pants Store, but when he sees Eggplant, who pushed him the day before, he is afraid to go in.

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Cece Loves Science
Written by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes & illustrated by Vashti Harrison
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cece loves science! In this STEM-themed picture book, Cece asks one of life’s most pressing questions: Do dogs eat vegetables? Cece and her best friend, Isaac, head to the lab to find out.

This picture book is perfect for fans of Ada Twist, Scientist, and anyone who enjoys asking questions.

Cece’s parents say she was born curious. She asks: Why? How? What if? When her teacher, Ms. Curie, assigns a science project, Cece knows just what to ask—do dogs eat vegetables? She teams up with her best friend, Isaac, and her dog, Einstein, to discover the answer. They investigate, research, collect data, and analyze, using Einstein as their case study. Their final conclusion is surprising, and a lot of fun!

Illustrated by Vashti Harrison, whose Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History is a New York Times bestseller and an NAACP Image Award winner. Cece Loves Science is just right for fans of Rosie Revere, Engineer; What Do You Do with an Idea?; and anyone who loves learning.

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Maisy's Farm
Written & illustrated by Lucy Cousins
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Maisy takes preschoolers to her pop-up farm for hours of fun! What’s more fun than a day on the farm? A day on the farm with Maisy! Maisy’s Farm is an amazing three-dimensional pop-up farm full of things to do and animals to love. The sturdy stand-up Maisy figure has arms that move and a tractor to ride in. Children will love to help Maisy milk the cow, collect the eggs, tend to the vegetable patch, and more! With twenty-six full-color press-out pieces and loads of flaps to lift and tabs to pull, there’s no end to the fun on Maisy’s farm.

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A is for Apricat
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Recommend Ages: 2-5
Learn the ABCs through cute, quirky mash-ups of animals and food, from Apricat to Zebrussels Sprout!
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  1. The Turnip - In a rollicking, cumulative tale, a badger family and their friends–Hedgie, Mr. Ram and Vanya, the horse–struggle to pull up a giant turnip. A cocky rooster steps in and pulls, sending him into the air, holding onto the turnip. No one knows that a mother bear in her underground den has kicked the turnip up through the soil to give the family room to sleep through the winter. Once again Jan Brett brings an original twist to a favorite folktale. Snow covers the farm in rural Russia as badgers and friends in old-fashioned clothes, and bears marching through bright-colored borders, send young readers laughing from page to page.

  2. Rabbit Stew - Fox brothers Rusty and Rojo toil and till in their vegetable garden all summer long until they’re finally ready to make their splendid, scrumptious, marvelous rabbit stew. Then they begin to pick colorful ingredients one by one, from lean, green runner beans and crunchy orange carrots to fresh sprigs of parsley and roly-poly blueberries. Meanwhile, their pet rabbit watches with his bunny family, all of them getting more and more worried about what’s coming next. Finally the brothers have almost everything they need. All that’s missing is one… big… round… white… bowl! And in a deliciously sweet surprise ending, they use the bowl to serve the concoction to their favorite rabbit, Stew! And his family, too. The whimsical and vibrant artwork is filled with clever details, and every scene includes Stew, his three baby bunnies, and their mother, all trying to stay out of sight, creating a search-and-find element for every spread.

  3. Hedgehog and Rabbit - Hedgehog and Rabbit enjoy eating cabbages and looking for snails in their peaceful garden. But when a scary swirling wind comes up, the two must find a way to face their fears.

  4. Peppa Pig and the Vegetable Garden - Gardening is more fun with Peppa! Peppa and her little brother, George, love to help Grandpa Pig in the garden. They discover that everything grows from seeds planted in the dirt, and that even the apple that falls on Grandpa Pig’s head has seeds inside! Join the amiable Peppa and her spirited family as they shoo away birds and “monsta” snails, imitate butterflies and worms, make a scarecrow, and gather ingredients for a fresh salad — and Granny Pig’s delicious blackberry pie.

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