Best Children's Books About Vegetables

The Best 19 Books to Read With Your Children to Help Them Eat Their Vegetables

Updated Jan. 25, 2019

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.

Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet book
#1
Mrs. Peanuckle's Vegetable Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle and illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
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.

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.

We're Going to the Farmers' Market book
#2
We're Going to the Farmers' Market
Written and illustrated by Stefan Page
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

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.

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.

Little Pea book
#3
Little Pea
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

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.

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.

Tacos!: An Interactive Recipe Book book
#4
Tacos!: An Interactive Recipe Book
Written and illustrated by Lotta Nieminen
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

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!

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.

Soup Day book
#5
Soup Day
Written and illustrated by Melissa Iwai
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

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.

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

Edible Numbers book
#6
Edible Numbers
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Vogel Bass
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A follow-up to Edible Colors presents an eye-catching sequence of brightly colored foods displayed in incremental quantities that help young children practice counting up to 12.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato book
#7
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.

Eating the Alphabet book
#8
Eating the Alphabet
Written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
board book
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.

Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eat book
#9
Edible Colors: See, Learn, Eat
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Vogel Bass
board book
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.

Growing Vegetable Soup book
#10
Growing Vegetable Soup
Written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.

Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant book
#11
Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant
Written and illustrated by April Pulley Sayre
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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

Plants Feed Me book
#12
Plants Feed Me
Written and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
picture book
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.

How Are You Peeling? book
#13
How Are You Peeling?
Written by Saxton Freymann and illustrated by Joost Elffers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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The Carrot Seed book
#14
The Carrot Seed
Written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Crockett Johnson
picture book
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.

Sylvia's Spinach book
#15
Sylvia's Spinach
Written by Katherine Pryor and illustrated by Anna Raff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Sophie's Squash book
#16
Sophie's Squash
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

"Perfect for the fall season, Sophie's Squash is a delightful story of friendship and imagination." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor 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.

Before We Eat: From Farm to Table book
#17
Before We Eat: From Farm to Table
Written by Pat Brisson and illustrated by Mary Azarian
picture book
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.

Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Plan book
#18
Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Plan
Written by Frances O’Roark Dowell and illustrated by Amy June Bates
chapter book
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!

Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables book
#19
Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables
Written by Troy Cummings
chapter book
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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