4 awesome kids’ books about food, with recipes that make them even better

Reading and eating with kidsPairing food and wine is an art. Pairing food and music is a new trend. Pairing food with a good food book: It’s one of the best ways to get kids excited about eating–even foods that they’re not normally excited about eating.

In honor of the bounty of summer, I’ve gathered a collection of books about farm-fresh fruits and veggies for my kids. Check out four of my favorite picks and, if you really want to rev up your little one’s appetite, pair your summer reading with a fresh and easy recipe. Suggested pairings included, of course! -Stacie

Kids' books about food: Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal by
Robert McCloskey is a classic about a girl named Sal who, much like me,
cannot pick blueberries as fast as she can eat them. The message could
not be more clear, or more true: fresh blueberries are too good to

* Pair with: This surprising Blueberry Corn Salad from
Two Peas and Their Pod which unexpectedly brings together two of
summer’s finest fresh ingredients beautifully (pictured above).

Kids' books about food: Jamberry 
Jamberry by Bruce Degen is one of my family’s all-time favorites. I’ve been
reading it to my big one for 5 years and he loves it today as much as he
did when he was gnawing the pages as a baby. He’s even started reading
it to his little brother.

Recipes for kids: Strawberry Lychee Mint Smoothie

* Pair with: My own delicious Blackberry Mint Limeade or a summer berry smoothie like the Strawberry Lychee Mint Smoothie above. Yum!

Kids' books about food: Rah, Rah Radishes!
Rah Rah Radishes by
April Pulley Sayre is a fun book full of raucous rhymes that celebrate
everything about fresh veggies, from broccoli to bok choy. The chants
are especially fun for toddlers, but also give you a mantra to keep
things calm when you put fresh veggies in front of your older picky
eater. “Rah, rah radishes, red and white.” Say. Breathe. Repeat.

Recipe For Kids: Rainbow Vegetable Crudite

* Pair with: A simple, crunchy vegetable crudite. I love the idea of arranging veggies in a rainbow, which (might!) make them more fun and appealing for kids. And it’s just pretty.

Kids' books about food: Cherries and Cherry Pits
Cherries and Cherry Pits by
Vera B. Williams is a perfect example of how books don’t have to be
about food, per se, to get kids excited about eating. Who wouldn’t want
to gobble up fresh cherries after reading an imaginary tale of a city
block turned into forest of cherry trees? 

Recipes for kids: Cherry Brown Betty
* Pair with: Cherry Brown Betty from
Joy the Baker which should be called “super delicious cherry pie for
when I’m feeling lazy.” No crust, no fuss. Just layer a few pantry
stapes with fresh cherries and butter, bake, and eat.


Stacie Billis is a popular food blogger known for focus on nutrition and organics, and her non-judgy approach that does not preclude Nutella.


  • Reply June 20, 2012


    Should also include Thunder Cake by Patricia Pollacko.

  • Fabulous article, thank you! As a pediatric feeding therapist, this is a strategy that we use in therapy all the time. But as a parent, it’s such a fun and easy thing to do. Thanks for the reminder that food is fun!

  • stacie
    Reply June 25, 2012


    Thanks, Melanie! And, Eric, thanks also for the lead–I haven’t read Thunder Cake. Can’t wait to check it out.

  • Reply April 16, 2014


    Thanks for featuring our blueberry salad! We will have to check out the book!

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