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).
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.
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.
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?
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.