Books on: Healthy Eating & Exercise

Books to encourage children to eat healthily, to be less fussy or picky with their food, and take plenty of exercise.

Peas!
Author: Andrew Cullen
Illustrator: Simon Rickerty
How this book may help: This book may encourage a child who is reluctant to eat vegetables to give them a try. It's also a good introduction to the 'green' issue of food miles, and may make children appreciate the effort and resources that go into getting food onto their plates.
The story of two peas called Pete and Penelope and their long journey from field to fork. The book... read more

Tags: eating, environment


Lulu's Lunch
Author: Camilla Reid
Illustrator: Ailie Busby
How this book may help: May encourage a fussy eater to try a wider variety of foods 'just as Lulu does'.
Lulu is shown eating a wide variety of delicious foods in this appealing interactive picture book.... read more

Tags: eating, health


Lunchbox: The Story of Your Food
Author: Christine Butterworth
Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti
How this book may help: This fun and informative book about food and its production may stimulate a child's interest in good nutrition and food provenance. Knowing more about the process and effort that have gone into farming and producing the food may also discourage a child from wasting food.
This visually appealing picture book takes the reader through the steps involved in... read more

Tags: diet, eating, environment, exercise


The Happy Book
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Caroline Uff
How this book may help: A great starting point for talking about both positive and negative feelings with very young children. This book may gently encourage co-operation and good behaviour.
This charming book contains simply written messages encouraging children to spread happiness to... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, behaviour, bullying, emotions, environment, exercise, fears, sadness, sharing, tantrums


My Seaside Adventure: Nut Free
Author: Hailey Phillips
Illustrator: Ivana Zorn
How this book may help: An appealing and positive book which teaches children about food allergies, and provides children who have an allergy with strategies to keep them safe and well.
Woot and his magical lunchbox go on a nut-free adventure to the seaside. He meets plenty of friends... read more

Tags: diet, eating, food allergies, health


My Zoo Adventure (dairy free)
Author: Hailey Phillips
Illustrator: Ivana Zorn
How this book may help: An appealing and positive book which teaches children about food allergies, and provides children who have an allergy with strategies to keep them safe and well.
Didge and her magical lunchbox go on a dairy-free adventure to the zoo, meeting plenty of friends... read more

Tags: food allergies, eating, diet, health


My Picnic Adventure (wheat and gluten free)
Author: Hailey Phillips
Illustrator: Ivana Zorn
How this book may help: An appealing and positive book which teaches children about food allergies, and provides children who have an allergy with strategies to keep them safe and well.
Boffle and his magical lunchbox go on a wheat and gluten-free adventure to the seaside. He meets a... read more

Tags: diet, eating, food allergies, health


My Circus Adventure (egg free)
Author: Hailey Phillips
Illustrator: Ivana Zorn
How this book may help: An appealing and positive book which teaches children about food allergies, and provides children who have an allergy with strategies to keep them safe and well.
Minoo and his magical lunchbox go on a egg-free adventure to the circus. He meets plenty of friends... read more

Tags: diet, eating, food allergies, health

Handa's Surprise
Author: Eileen Browne
Illustrator:
How this book may help: The descriptions of all the delicious fruits may tempt children to try new tastes and eat more healthily
Handa collects delicious fruits for her friend Akeyo. When she arrives at Akeyo's village, they are... read more

Tags: diet, eating

Vegetable Glue
Author: Susan Chandler
Illustrator: Elena Odriozola
How this book may help: A light-hearted way to encourage vegetable consumption in young children! Explains in a rather unconventional way that good eating habits can keep you fit, active and healthy.
"When my right arm fell off, I knew what to do, I stuck it back on , with vegetable glue". This... read more

Tags: eating, health

Oliver's Vegetables
Author: Vivian French
Illustrator: Alison Bartlett
How this book may help: A clever book to encourage children to try new foods.
Oliver is visiting his grandparents. The best thing about staying there is their big garden full of... read more

Tags: eating, grandparent

I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato
Author: Lauren Child
Illustrator: Lauren Child
How this book may help: Encouraging children to try new foods.
Siblings Charlie and Lola are at home and poor Charlie has to give Lola her tea, a task he is not... read more

Tags: diet, eating

Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: A witty cautionary tale which may help children to make the link between a sedentary lifestyle/poor eating habits and obesity. This may even encourage them to switch the TV or the games console off and go and so something more active!
Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog are classic couch potatoes who spend all their time eating and sleeping.... read more

Tags: exercise, eating, diet, obesity

Ready, Steady, Grow!
Author: Sophie Piper
Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
How this book may help: Describing to the very young positive things they can do to help their bodies grow strong and healthy. May also reassure a child eager to 'be grown up' that each day, little by little, they are moving towards this. Personal safety issues, healthy eating and good hygiene are also touched upon.
This delightfully illustrated picture book advises the reader to take positive steps to make sure... read more

Tags: hygiene, health, growing up, exercise, eating, dressing, diversity, diet, wheelchair

Excuse Me!
Author: Lisa Kopelke
Illustrator: Lisa Kopelke
How this book may help: Encouraging good manners
A funny book about burping and the need for good manners! Frog loves to eat and loves to burp.... read more

Tags: manners, eating, co-operation, behaviour, politeness, rudeness

Too Pickly!
Author: Jean Reidy
Illustrator: Genevieve Leloup
How this book may help: Fussy eaters may be able to identify with the boy in the story, which may provide an opportunity for a discussion on eating habits. There is space in the back of the book to write in a child's favourite foods.
A fun, light-hearted book which tells the tale of a small boy who is extremely fussy with his food,... read more

Tags: eating, co-operation

Oliver's Fruit Salad
Author: Vivian French
Illustrator: Alison Bartlett
How this book may help: May encourage a child to make healthier eating choices and try new foods.
In this story, a boy (who has been staying with his grandparents) tells his mother about all the... read more

Tags: eating, grandparent

Eating Well (Looking After Me)
Author: Liz Gogerly
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: By highlighting the consequences of unhealthy eating and lack of exercise.
When James stays at Ethan's house, the boys eat burgers in front of the television and have... read more

Tags: dentist, eating, health, obesity

Vegetables (On Your Plate)
Author: Honor Head
Illustrator:
How this book may help: A simple way to educate young children on good nutrition.
This non-fiction book provides lots of information on vegetables: what they are, how they grow,... read more

Tags: eating, diet, health

Salad (On Your Plate)
Author: Honor Head
Illustrator:
How this book may help: A simple way to educate young children on good nutrition.
This non-fiction picture book provides lots of information on salad: how it is grown and prepared,... read more

Tags: diet, eating, health

What Happens to Your Food?
Author: Alastair Smith
Illustrator: Maria Wheatley
How this book may help: A great and educational look at food, eating and the journey food takes through your body.
The book opens with the question 'what is food for?'. It contains clear and bright illustrations,... read more

Tags: eating

Dinosaur Diner
Author: Annie Kubler
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book reinforces the message that a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity and lack of energy.
This colourful picture book contains a finger puppet which can be used to 'act out' the story.... read more

Tags: diet, eating, exercise, health, obesity

Grow Organic Eat Organic
Author: Lone Morton
Illustrator: Martin Ursell
How this book may help: This factual picture book provides children with lots of information on growing and eating organic produce.
The book covers as many aspects of the subject as an adult's book would, but is written in a... read more

Tags: eating, environment

Fruits
Author: Valerie Bloom
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book could be used to introduce children to a new range of fruits, and also healthy eating.
A lovely multicultural rhyme where a little girl set out to see jsut how much fruit she can eat in... read more

Tags: diet

It Hurts When I Poop
Author: Howard J. Bennett
Illustrator: M.S. Weber
How this book may help: A story for children who are scared to use the potty.
Ryan is scared to use his potty because he is afraid it is going to hurt. Ryan's visit to the... read more

Tags: anxiety, health, potty

Lunch Boxes (Talking It Through)
Author: Althea
Illustrator: Chris O'Neill
How this book may help: Many different kinds of food and ways of eating healthily are shown to be fun and interesting. Diabetes, food allergies and vegetarianism are considered alongside broader concerns such as limiting sugary and fried food.
It is lunchtime at school and we see inside the lunch boxes of several children who all eat... read more

Tags: co-operation, eating, food allergies, illness

How Your Body Works (Talking It Through)
Author: Althea
Illustrator: Frances Cony
How this book may help: Inspires a sense of wonder at the human body which may encourage healthy eating and other good habits such as teeth-cleaning and hand-washing.
Simple and entertaining illustrations support a clear and informative account of the workings of... read more

Tags: eating, health, teeth, washing

Eat Up, Max and Millie
Author: Felicity Brooks
Illustrator: Desideria Guicciardini
How this book may help: An appealing board book for young children which may encourage them to try a wider range of foods and enjoy healthier eating.
One of a series of books featuring friends Max and Millie. Max is reluctant to interrupt his game... read more

Tags: compliance, diet, eating

Max The Champion
Author: Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
How this book may help: Max is first and foremost a fun picture book about a sport-mad boy with a powerful imagination. It also tells us that deaf and disabled children can - and should - be included, both in stories and in life.
Sport-mad Max turns aspects of his daily routine into daydreams of major sporting events. As he... read more

Tags: being different, disability, exercise, wheelchair

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: Mark Teague
How this book may help: May encourage a child to adopt good table manners and try new foods, particularly those children who are mad about dinosaurs!
Publisher's summary: "When dinosaurs eat their food, what do they do? This book runs through the gamut of mealtime bad..." read more

Tags: behaviour, eating, politeness, table manners

Burger Boy
Author: Alan Durant
Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka
Publisher's summary: "Benny liked burgers. Benny LOVED burgers. Burgers were the only food that Benny would eat...." read more

Tags: health, eating, diet, obesity

The Dragon Who Couldn't Do Sporty Things
Author: Anni Axworthy
Illustrator: Anni Axworthy
Publisher's summary: "Too much TV and too many sandwiches mean Little Dragon needs to do more exercise. So he joins the..." read more

Tags: exercise, obesity

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
How this book may help: A perfect choice for a small child to escape into, the book also may encourage a child to choose fruit and vegetables over sweets and biscuits (the caterpillar eats a 'nice green leaf' to soothe his tummy ache after munching through lots of junk food!)
Publisher's summary: "Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike...." read more

Tags: eating

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