Our Favorite Picture Books About Eating and Food

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had enough of cooking and serving food to last a while. Even when it comes to simple and healthy little snacks, I’m taking a break.

Snack time around here has been devoted to eating the 17 million granola bars sitting around the house. Also, we might be trapped under a pile of  apple chips soon because I found it impossible to walk away from the cheap bags of “applesauce” apples from Bushy Hill Orchard. And thank goodness for clementines which have been a bright spot in our snacking repertoire.

This week, in the name of taking a break from cooking, I’m posting a list of children’s picture books about eating and food instead of a snack recipe. These are our current favorites:

1. Bread and Jam for Francesby Russel Hoban

The rest of this list is in no particular order. But this book is number one for a reason.

2. I Can’t Said the Ant by Polly Cameron

Everyday kitchen objects and foods cheer on a heroic ant who comes to the aid of a broken teapot. Fabulous rhyming.

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

We all love a good caterpillar story and this is one of the best.

4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

Brilliant illustrations and a great story make us all smile every time we read it.

 5. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

The pacing of this story is extremely energetic and fun. A great reminder to never stop laughing and never give up when it comes to trying new foods.

6. Scrambled Eggs Super by Dr. Suess

A boy flamboyantly searches the world for the ultimate gourmet egg.

7. Bee-bim Bop by Linda Sue Park

Fantastic rhythm. Complete with a detailed recipe.

8. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

This summer, my youngest put Sal to shame in the blueberry patch.

9. Mean Soup by Besty Everitt

Anger management via soup-making.

10. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

A little girl denies her love of lima beans and pays dearly.

11. Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider

A puppy literally eats his way through his new home. Joyously goofy.

12. The Incredible Book-Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

A hilarious and beautifully illustrated tale of a boy that decides to get smart the easy way.

13. The Gingerbread Man retold by Jim Aylesworth

Food on the run is always fun. See #16 as well.

14. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

A little mouse is convinced a bear is after his precious strawberry and will do anything to save it.

15. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly retold by Simms Taback

I listened to this song a great deal as a child and now I get to enjoy it again with my kids. The amusing illustrations are a definite bonus.

16. Stop That Pickle! by Peter Armour

A hilarious tale of a crafty pickle on the run. Wonderfully goofy.