The Best Books To Read With A Picky or ARFID Eater

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  1. Ages 0-3:

    • “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
    • “Blueberries for Sal” by Robert McCloskey
    • “The Apple Pie Tree” by Zoe Hall
    • “The Giant Jam Sandwich” by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway

    Ages 3-5:

    • “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin
    • The Roots Of Our Food” By Adriane Marie
    • “My Magical Foods” by Becky Cummings and Zizana Svobodova
    • “Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert
    • “Thunder Cake” by Patricia Polacco
    • “Pancakes, Pancakes!” by Eric Carle
    • “Bear Wants More” by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
    • “The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival” by Stan and Jan Berenstain
    • “The Seven Silly Eaters” by Mary Ann Hoberman
    • “The Enormous Turnip” by Alexei Tolstoy
    • “The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear” by Don and Audrey Wood
    • “Bunny Cakes” by Rosemary Wells
    • “Strega Nona” by Tomie dePaola

    Ages 5-7:

    • “Soup Day” by Melissa Iwai
    • “Pete The Cat’s Trip To The Supermarket” By James Dean 
    • “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World” by Marjorie Priceman
    • “The Worst Cook in New York” by Arlena Strode
    • “The Curious Chef” series by Chris Stratton
    • “The Emperor of Chefs” By Arlena Strode
    • “Six Star Chicken” By Arlena Strode
    • “A Pinch of This and a Dash of That” By Arlena Strode
    • “Food Bridges” By Arlena Strode
    • “Kitchen Science Lab for Kids” by Liz Lee Heinecke
    • “Cook Me a Story: A Treasury of Stories and Recipes Inspired by Classic Fairy Tales” by Bryan Kozlowski
    • “The Little Chef: A Cookbook for Kids” by Chef Arlena Strode
    • “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato” by Lauren Child
    • “Crepes by Suzette” by Monica Wellington
    • “The Runaway Pancake” (various versions)

    Ages 7-9:

    • “Too Many Tamales” by Gary Soto
    • “The Giant Carrot” by Jan Peck
    • “Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando” by Andrea Wang
    • “Bee-Bim Bop!” by Linda Sue Park
    • “Yum Yum Dim Sum” by Amy Wilson Sanger
    • “The Little Chef’s Kitchen: Easy Recipes to Make with Kids” by Chef Arlena Strode

    Ages 9-12:

    • “The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook: Fun One-Pot Meals Your Whole Family Will Love!” by Tiffany Dahle
    • “National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure” by Barton Seaver
    • “My Foodie ABC: A Little Gourmet’s Guide” by Puck

    General Audience (All Ages):



    • “Stone Soup” by Jon J. Muth
    • “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett
    • “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff
    • “The Fruits We Eat” by Gail Gibbons
    • “The Vegetables We Eat” by Gail Gibbons
    • “Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows, and Purples: Children’s Cookbook” by DK
    • “The Bacteria Book: The Big World of Really Tiny Microbes” by Steve Mould
    • “The Edible Pyramid: Good Eating Every Day” by Loreen Leedy
    • “Why Should I Eat Well?” by Claire Llewellyn
    • “The Science Chef: 100 Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids” by Joan D’Amico and Karen Eich Drummond
    • “How Food Works: The Facts Visually Explained” by DK
    • “The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten: A Book About Food Chains” by Patricia Relf and Joanna Cole
    • The Dinosaur Who Discovered Hamburgers” By Adisan Books
    • “How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food” by Chris Butterworth

Of course, there are books we have as well, but those are really just for the parents!

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