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 Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
(Ages 1-4 years)
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.

Plant a Little Seed
Bonnie Christensen
(Ages 4 – 7 years)
With a little help from a watering can, bright sunlight, and a lot of patience, two friends plant seeds in their community garden and watch how they grow.

Apples, Cherries, Red Raspberries: What Is in the Fruits Group?
Brian Cleary
(Ages 6-9)
Cleary’s goofy verse and Martin Goneau’s humorous illustrations give young readers a whole crop of fruit examples and highlight some of their health benefits.

Black Beans and Lamb, Poached Eggs and Ham: What is in the Meat and Beans Group?
Brian Cleary
(Ages 6-9)
Brian P. Cleary’s goofy verse and Martin Goneau’s humorous illustrations give young readers oodles of examples from the meat and beans group and highlight some of their health benefits

Green Beans, Potatoes, and Even Tomatoes: What is in the Vegetables Group?
Brian Cleary
(Ages 6-9)
Brian P. Cleary’s goofy verse and Martin Goneau’s humorous illustrations give young readers a whole crop of vegetable examples and highlight some of their health benefits

Macaroni and Rice and Bread by the Slice: What Is in the Grains Group?
Brian Cleary
(Ages 6-9)
Cleary’s goofy verse and Martin Goneau’s humorous illustrations give young readers a whole crop of examples from the grains group and highlight some of their health benefits.

Yogurt and Cheeses and Ice Cream That Pleases: What is in the Milk Group?
Brian Cleary
(Ages 6-9)
Brian P. Cleary’s goofy verse and Martin Goneau’s humorous illustrations give young readers gallons of examples from the milk group and highlight some of their health benefits.

A Day Without Sugar / Un Dia Sin Azucar (English and Spanish Edition)
Diane Deanda
(Ages 6-9 years)
Tia Sofia’s nieces and nephews love to spend the weekend at her house where they play games and watch TV in their pajamas. But best of all, they love eating at their aunt’s house, because she’s the best cook in the family.

City Green
DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
(Ages 4-8 years)
Right in the middle of Marcy’s city block is a littered vacant lot. Then one day she has a wonderful idea that not only improves the useless lot but her entire neighborhood as well.

A Farmer’s Life for Me
Jan Dobbins
(Ages 2-5 years)
A busy family and their friends spend a day working and playing on the farm. From milking the cows in the morning to closing the gate at night, learn about a day in the life of a farming family.

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Stories to

Get Kids Moving

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Stories to

Get Kids Moving

Dinosaur Dance
Sandra Boynton
(Ages 1-5)
Whether they dance the Shimmy Shimmy Shake, the Quivery Quake, or just decide to Cha-Cha-Cha, young readers are sure to giggle along with these adorable creatures that are ready for a roaring good time.

Run For It
Matt Christopher
(Ages 7-8)
When his aunt is diagnosed with cancer, Theo, the former couch potato, begins training for the benefit race to raise funds for cancer research.

Run and Hike, Play and Bike: What Is Physical Activity?
Brian P. Cleary
(Ages 6-8)
Goofy verse and illustrations highlight the health benefits of exercising and eating right.

Maisy’s Nature Walk: A Maisy First Science Book
Lucy Cousins
(Ages 2-5)
It’s a beautiful day, and Maisy is setting out on a nature walk. Little readers can pull the tabs to see a yellow flower unfurl, a snail poke out of its shell, a frog leap, and more.

Stretch and Bounce
Doreen Cronin
(Ages 2-7)
With lively text these books capture how one pup uses his body to stretch and bounce.

Babar’s Yoga for Elephants
Laurent De Brunhoff
(Ages 4-7)
Even elephants experience stress in their day-to-day living, and a little yoga, it seems, goes a long way in providing comfort and relaxation.

Call Me Tree / Llamame arbol (English and Spanish Edition)
Maya Christina Gonzalez
(Ages 6-10 years)
In this story, we join a child on a journey of self-discovery. Finding a way to grow from the inside out, just like a tree, the child develops as an individual comfortable in the natural world and in relationships with others.

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Stories About

Reducing Screen Time

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Stories About

Reducing Screen Time

The Berenstain Bears & Too Much TV
Stan and Jan Berenstain
(Ages 4-7 years)
When Mama Bear decides her family spends too much time in front of the TV, she bans it for a week. Then the Bear family finds other ways to have fun and keep busy, so they watch less when TV is allowed again. Also available in Spanish (Los Osos Berenstain y Demasiada Televisión).

365 Games Smart Toddlers Play: Creative Time to Imagine, Grow and Learn
Sheila Ellison
(Activities for Preschoolers Ages 1-3)
365 Games Smart Toddlers Play will help you make the best of the time you and your toddler share, every day of the year.  Each day with your toddler brings new experiences for them and new opportunities for you to teach, share, and grow closer to each other.

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Stories About

Babies & Breastfeeding

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Stories About

Babies & Breastfeeding

Ready to Wean: The Return of the Dangling Red Earrings
Elyse April
(Ages 2-4 years)
Ready to Wean is for mothers and nursing children, to help them both communicate their deep love and respect for one another. The transition from nursing to weaning is a rite of passage. Nursing together is a cherished and special time; yet, there will come a time when parent and/or child are ready to begin weaning.

I’m Made of Mama’s Milk
Mary Olsen
(Ages 2-5 years)
In simple rhyming verse, a blissful and contented baby describes her love for nursing, how breastfeeding benefits her, and when, where and how she nurses. Soft-focus images realistically depict the joyful bond between the mother and child, as well as the support and adoration of the father.

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Stories for

Parent Engagement

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Stories for

Parent Engagement

Full, Full, Full of Love
Trish Cooke
(Ages 2-5 years)
For the youngest member of an exuberant extended family, Sunday dinner at Grannie’s can be full indeed — full of hugs and kisses, full of tasty dishes, full to the brim with happy faces, and full of love.

Lenny in the Garden
Ken Wilson-Max
(Ages 2 – 5 years)
Lenny in the Garden vividly and simply portrays a charming relationship between a child and his parent. While Lenny’s mother digs the soil and plants and waters some young flower plants, Lenny goes on a search for wildlife.