Being a bit of a nerd, this comment might be a little bias but; books are awesome! There are literally books scattered all over our house - and this may be another reason that it's not a coincidence that my kids love veggies.
According to Natalie Parletta, Senior Research Fellow in nutrition, mental and physical health and children's diets at University of South Australia; "Research has shown that (even) exposing children to vegetables in story books from a young age can further strengthen the likelihood that they will eat vegetables."
So here is a list of some of our favourite 'healthy' books. This list hasn't been sponsored, nor is it exclusive, in fact if you have come across any other great books for kids please share them in the comments. I hope you like these book as much as my kids do!
Adventures of SuperYam: Harry and SuperYam
Written by Alla Novochenok-Serhan
Super Yam is a bit of a celebrity around these parts, my kids love him.
Adventures of SuperYam: Harry and SuperYam aimed at pre-schoolers; encouraging young readers to eat healthy through the galactic journey of SuperYam, a superhero who represents the world of fruits and vegetables.
I'm Having a Rainbow for dinner
This book was developed by NAQ Nutrition in 2013.
The superhero Josh needs help to recharge his powers by eating from each colour of the rainbow. The story is very interactive and asks children to count, match, identify colours and different fruits and vegetables.
Your Body is Awesome
Written by Sigrun Danielsdottir
This book teachers children about 'body respect.' I think it is just so perfectly written, explaining in simple 'kid' terms what our bodies need to be healthy, why it is important to list to your bodies and how fantastic it is that everybody is so different, 'like pink and green, or tulips and daisies... neither is better than the other, just different.'
The Playground Book
Written by Todd Rosenthal
This book is a little different to the others and is probably more suited to older children.
The author Todd is a former league baseball player in the US who works with kids in New York. After noticing all sorts of kids having the same problems in the playground he has written this book as a guide to help kids join games, be included and make friends.
Its the kind of book you would probably read with school aged children with lots of chatting and opportunity for kids to apply it to situations they have been in
Here are a few more books that although I haven't gotten around to reading yet, look really really good (so if anyone has read them let me know!)
The Healthy Harvest
By Emma Martin.
Healthy Harvest is a fun, farm-based adventure for kids about where our food comes from, the importance of each food group and the nutrients they provide, and how much they should consume every day for their growing bodies.
Over at A Might Girl there is also a list of ten books that teach kids about positive body image that are definitely worth a look.
Have I missed any? let me know which books your kids love!
At The Kids Menu, Nikki is our resident Blogger. She is a mum of 3, a Nutritionist, Adult Educator and a Personal Trainer.
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