Great Children's Books for Nurturing Little Foodies

Reading and eating rank pretty high on our list of gratifying family time activities, so we love it when the two intersect. I'm talking about books on the subject of food. Check out some of our favorite food books for kids, and share your own.

Avocado Baby by John Burningham
A weak baby can now miraculously lift pianos and chase burglars, on account of a steady diet of avocados.

Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle
Covers everything that goes into putting a pancake on the table.

The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer by Ann Arnold
A picture-book biography of the famous 19th-century inventor, cookbook author, and head chef of the exclusive Reform Club in London who opened soup kitchens during the Great Irish Famine.

To Market, to Market by Nikki McClure
A celebration of the farmers market, with a portrait of each vendor, covering in detail how each food is grown and produced.

Bread and Jam for Francis by Russell Hoban
Your classic fussy eater tale. Arguably one of the best descriptions of a lunchbox meal being consumed (three pages' worth), beginning with a cream-cheese-cucumber-and-tomato sandwich on rye bread.

Anatole by Eve Titus
The story of a French mouse with an exceptional palate who earns his living working for a cheese company as an anonymous taste tester.

Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale by Henrik Drescher
Even if you're not a vegetarian, Hubert is a great (if a little creepy) way of opening a dialogue on humanely raised, free range, farming husbandry.

The Popcorn Book by Tomie DePaola
A fun popcorn history book.

Fanny at Chez Panisse: A Child's Restaurant Adventure with 46 Recipes by Alice Waters
A behind the scenes look at where food really comes from, with lessons on the importance of eating with your hands and composting, complete with easy and inexpensive recipes to boot.

(Top image: Ben Partridge)