Books are a great way to tie in the healthy lessons you are teaching your kids.

Whether you are teaching about new vegetables, or use a book’s rhyme to inspire a fun physical activity, children will appreciate reading time. The more you read to children at an early age, the more likely they will want to read on their own.

Check out this month’s recommended books:

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Stories About

Healthy Food and Beverages

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Stories About

Healthy Food and Beverages

Growing Vegetable Soup
Lois Ehlert
(Ages 2-4 years)
Together, a father and child share the joys of planting, watering and watching seeds grow. And once their harvest of tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage and corn is ready, they’ll cook it up into the best soup ever.

Rainbow Stew
Cathryn Falwell
(Ages 5-6 years)
Splish, splash, puddle dash! It s a rainy summer day, but the vegetables in Grandpa s garden are just waiting to be picked. Yellow peppers, purple cabbage, red tomatoes, green zucchini, orange carrots, and more.

Oliver’s Vegetables
Vivian French
(Ages 3–6 years)
Oliver plays a game with his grandpa. Whatever vegetable Oliver finds in the garden, he must eat. On Monday, he pulls up carrots. On Tuesday, it is spinach. An excellent book to introduce vegetables as well as days of the week.

Food For Thought
Saxton Freyman and Joost Elffers
(Ages 3-6 years)
Five concepts — shapes, colors, numbers, ABCs, and opposites — all in one outrageous book of vivacious veggies and fruits. Smiling oranges, mushroom “men,” pepper “people,” and bananas that look like giraffes are just a few of the delightful food sculptures that grace the pages of this fun, educational book.

How My Parents Learned to Eat
Ina R. Friedman
(Ages 6-8)
In this book, which explores similarities and differences across cultures, an American sailor and a Japanese women secretly try to learn the other’s way of eating.

Be Good to Your Body: Healthy Eating and Fun Recipes
Roz Fulcher
(Ages 8 to 11 years)
More than 50 nutritious recipes encourage kids to take an interest in following a balanced diet and to delight in preparing and savoring fresh foods.

Little Seeds (My Little Planet)
Charles Ghigna
(Ages 2 – 4 years)
In this poem, children discover that planting seeds is an exciting adventure that is good for the Earth, too.

From Seed to Plant
Gail Gibbons
(Ages 4-8 years)
The mystery of how seeds are formed and grow into plants is revealed for young readers in this informative book.

Cora Cooks Pancit
Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore
(Ages 5 – 7 years)
Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when her older sisters and brother head out, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama’s assistant chef.

Eating Well (Looking After Me)
Liz Gogerly
(Ages 5-8 years)
This book introduces the importance of healthy eating and the principles of nutrition through the story of James, who makes himself sick by eating too much junk food at his friend Ethan’s house.

The Beastly Feast
Bruce Goldstone
(Ages 3-5)
Textured illustrations add vibrancy to a rhyming poem about an animal picnic.

I Love To Eat: Deluxe Touch-and Feel
Amélie Graux
(Ages 0-3 years)
Babies will discover words like bib, cereal, and high chair — in English, French, and Spanish.

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Stories to

Get Kids Moving

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Stories to

Get Kids Moving

Good Night Yoga 
Mariam Gates
(Ages 4 – 8 years)
This beautifully illustrated, full-color book tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night, while teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by nature.

Exercise
Liz Gogerly
(Ages 8- 12 years)
Like many children their age, Tom and Emily don’t get as much exercise as they should. But then, Tom and Emily learn how much fun exercise can be when their grandmother visits.

We Are Girls Who Love to Run / Somos Chicas Y a Nosotras Nos Encanta 
Brianna K. Grant
(Ages 5-8)
Diverse girls with various shapes, fitness levels, and ethnicities celebrate running — along with the camaraderie, patience, and the fun it brings (in Spanish and English).

Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones
Sarah Jane Hinder
(Ages 5 – 6 years)
Kids love bugs—and what better way to get them excited about yoga than with the help of our multi-legged friends? This delightfully illustrated board book brings the fun and benefits of authentic yoga practice to infants and toddlers.

Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes
Judy Hindley
(Ages 9 months–2 years)
A group of toddlers demonstrate all the fun things that they can do with their eyes, ears, mouths, hands, legs, and feet.

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Stories About

Reducing Screen Time

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Stories About

Reducing Screen Time

The Berenstain Bears’ Computer Trouble
Jan and Mike Berenstain
(Ages 4-8 years)
When Papa brings home a computer, the whole family is excited. Suddenly everyone is spending all day on their computer. It’s up to Papa to get the family off the computer and back into the real world.

Turn It Off! Apagala! 
David Marx
(Ages 5-7 years)
This book provides a simple but spirited campaign to inspire children turn off their TV. (English and Spanish version available.)

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Stories About

Babies & Breastfeeding

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Stories About

Babies & Breastfeeding

Best Milk
Kate Carothers
(Ages 2 -5 years)
Best Milk is a delightful children’s book that helps explain and normalize breastfeeding. Inside you will find animals nursing, different breastfeeding positions, baby wearing, and the convenience of breastfeeding anywhere.

Mama’s Milk
Michael Ross
(Ages 3-5 years)
Ross’s rhyming text describes the different ways that mothers (human and animal) nurse their babies. Each species is identified along with the proper name for its offspring.

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Stories for

Parent Engagement

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Stories for

Parent Engagement

No Mush Today
Sally Derby
(Ages 5-6 years)
Nonie’s had enough! Enough mushy mush for breakfast. Grandma takes her out into the world of grown-ups.
After a day away from home, will Nonie reconsider her move and return to Momma, Daddy, and baby brother?

Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia
Carmen Lomas Garza
(Ages 6-11 years)
Family Pictures is the story of Carmen Lomas Garza’s girlhood: celebrating birthdays, making tamales, finding a hammerhead shark on the beach, picking cactus, going to a fair in Mexico, and confiding to her sister her dreams of becoming an artist.