Those of us who have more than one child are often amazed when we reflect on how different our children are. My 14 month old loves food. He’ll eat almost anything—green beans, peas and the occasional poutine (admittedly, more of the poutine ended up in his hair than in his tummy). Not much goes to waste—he’s even got a standing arrangement with the dog to have anything that hits the floor cleaned up immediately. My 6 year old, however, would only need his fingers to count the foods he’ll willingly eat. But no matter how picky your kids are, they’re sure to like these books. And who knows, maybe they’ll even eat their peas.
Everyone Eats by Julia Kuo
The very smallest children will love this brightly coloured board book. Each page introduces a different animal and it’s favourite food: “Rabbits eat carrots…Bears eat honey…Birds eat berries…” The last page shows children that people eat all of the same foods that the animals ate throughout the book. The brief text, vivid colours and clean, simple illustrations make this an ideal choice for babies and young children.
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by Jen Corace
Little Pea is just your average pea. He likes to play with his friends, cuddle up with his mom (Mama Pea), have his dad (Papa Pea) catapult him off a spoon…the usual stuff. There’s just one thing that’s different about Little Pea—he doesn’t like to eat what the other peas eat. Every night it’s the same thing for dinner. Candy. But Little Pea just wants dessert—a huge bowl of spinach. Expect giggles when he finally earns his dessert (after eating five pieces of candy) and he licks the bowl clean.
I’d Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio
This is the story of a small crocodile that decides that he doesn’t want the food his parents bring him anymore. No bananas, sausages or chocolate cake for him. He only wants to eat a child. One day, a child ventures near his river and he gets his chance. He sneaks up, bares his teeth, snarls and…the child picks him up and tickles him. When she’s done, she tosses him into the river. After he gets home, the first things he asks for is some food so that next time, he’ll be a little more intimidating. This book is a fun way to teach children why eating their dinner is so important.
Sarah Sawler lives in St Margarets Bay, N.S., with her partner and her two boys. A love of reading has inspired her career in magazine and web writing, as well as her new website and blog www.booksbetweenthelines.ca