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

The ABCs of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond
Steve Charney and David Goldbeck
(Age 1 and up)
Sprinkled with poems, jokes, unusual facts, and recipes, this book provides lessons in the alphabet and nutritious foods.

Full, Full, Full of Love
Trish Cooke
(Ages 2-5 years)
Rhythmic prose describes Jay’s time at his Grannie’s house, a house full of love and food, as he helps her prepare a large Sunday family dinner.

Mr. Sugar Came to Town / La visita del Sr. Azúcar
Amy Wilson Sanger
(Ages 3-6 years)
Mr. Sugar tries to use his truck of sweets to get the children away from grandma’s yummy and healthy tamales in this bilingual tale.

Sweet as a Strawberry
Sally Smallwood
(Ages 9 months–2 years)
A mixture of art, photography and large, clear type introduces children to the correlation between textures, tastes and appearances of fruits and vegetables.

Tucking In
Jess Stockham
(Ages 9 months–2 years)
Animals and young children enjoy the same types of food–including oats, oranges and fish–in a book with pictures hidden beneath the flaps.

Sophie’s Squash
Anne Wilsdorf
(Ages 3-7 years)
Sophie befriends a squash that her family buys at a farmers market, but she must come to terms with the vegetable’s slow demise.

Jalapeño Bagels
Natasha Wing
(Ages 5-8 years)
When Pablo considers what to bring from his family’s bakery to his school’s International Day, he ponders how to represent his Mexican and Jewish heritage.

Yum-Yum Baby
A.J. Wood
(Ages 9 months–2 years)
Rhyming text in this board book describes a baby’s daily meals, while labeled illustrations introduce related words, such as banana, cup and peas.

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
Don Wood
(Ages 2-4 years)
Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does Bear. How will Little Mouse stop Bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry?

 

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Stories to

Get Kids Moving

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Stories to

Get Kids Moving

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Annie Kubler
(Ages 9 months–2 years)
In this traditional nursery rhyme, a group of babies and their toy animal friends row merrily down the stream.

My Amazing Body: A First Look at Health and Fitness
Pat Thomas
(Ages 4-7 years)
This colorful and lively picture book explores the importance of a good diet and plenty of exercise.

Feet are Not for Kicking
Elizabeth Verdick
(Ages 1-3 years)
Little ones learn that their feet are for fun, not to kick in anger or frustration. It also includes tips for caregivers on how to help toddlers be sweet with their feet.

Ink, Wink, and Blink Work Out!
Pete Whitehead
(Ages 4-5 years)
Children can join quirky characters as they jump, sit, stand, seek, and count.

Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga
Rebecca Whitford
(Ages 2-4 years)
Follow along as a toddler demonstrates simple yoga poses and an animal matches those poses on the opposite page.

I Went Walking
Sue Williams
(Ages 1-3 years)
During the course of a walk, a young boy identifies animals of different colors.

I’m as Quick as a Cricket
Audrey Wood
(Ages 2-4 years)
A young boy describes himself as loud as a lion, quiet as a clam, tough as a rhino and gentle as a lamb.

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Stories About

Reducing Screen Time

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Stories About

Reducing Screen Time

Berenstain Bears and The Trouble with Commercials
Stan and Jan Berenstain
(Ages 4-7 years)
Mama Bear has to find a way to teach her cubs that they can’t believe everything they see on TV, before that pile of unused toys gets any bigger.

Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair
Patricia Polacco
(Ages 4-9 years)
Aunt Chip saves the town of Triple Creek, where everyone has forgotten how to read because of the invasion of television.

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Stories About

Babies & Breastfeeding

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Stories About

Babies & Breastfeeding

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.

 

Mama’s Milk Is All Gone

Ann Vernon
(Ages 2 -5 years)

The book recognizes the breastfeeding relationship that the child shared with their mother and how after weaning they have many different ways that they fill their physical and emotional needs in place of breastfeeding.