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Healthy eating for children

To reserve any of the following books for parents/carers and children about healthy living to your local library, click on the links to reserve them from our online catalogue, visit any of our libraries, or contact us on 01473 351249 or

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What's for Lunch, Papa Penguin?, by Jo Williamson

"Papa Penguin and Pippin run the best café in the Antarctic, serving fish for breakfast, fish for lunch, fish for dinner, and even fish ice cream! Everyone loves fish. Or do they?

"Ideal for fussy eaters, this is a hilarious picture book about a penguin chef's chaotic roadtrip around the world in search of new exciting foods to try."

Little Green Donkey, by Anuska Allepuz

"Little Donkey loves eating grass - it's just so sweet, and crunchy, and juicy! His pillow is even made from grass so that he can roll over in the morning and eat his own bed. 'Why don't you try some other food?' suggests his desperate mum, putting on a juggling display of colourful fruit as a way to entice her little one to eat something new. But Little Donkey sees no need. Until, that is, he catches a glimpse of his reflection."

Berries are Best, by Amber Stewart & Layn Marlow

"Bramble is a little mole. She loves to discover, she loves adventure - except when it comes to mealtimes. Bramble will eat nothing but berries! Bramble's Mummy and Daddy find a way to help her explore new foods and enjoy new tastes. After all, she is the burrow's bravest mole."

Hugo Makes a Change, by Scott Emmons & Mauro Gatti

"Hugo the vampire craves red, juicy meat for every meal! But when his eating habits leave him feeling sluggish and bored, he goes on the prowl for something new. After trying fruits and vegetables for the first time, he discovers the joys of a more balanced diet."

Can I Eat That?, by Joshua David Stein & Julia Rothman

"Food critic Joshua David Stein whets the appetite of young readers with a wondrous and informative approach to talking about food.

"This humorous, stylised and entirely unexpected set of food facts will engage both good eaters and resisters alike. With questions both practical ('Can you eat a sea urchin?') and playful ('Do eggs grow on eggplants?'), this read-aloud text offers young children facts to share and the subtle encouragement to taste something new!"

Eat Your People!, by Lou Kuenzler & David Wojtowycz

"Do you think vegetables are yucky? Just wait until you see what Monty the Monster has on his plate! Monty definitely does NOT want to eat his people. He'll eat his vegetables - every single one! - but he will not eat his people.

"This hilarious tale of fussy eating in the Monster household is guaranteed to get children giggling."

We Eat Bananas, by Kate Abey

"Is that a flamingo munching on a banana? What about that hippo flipping pancakes? And why is that llama dressed as a lemon? There's even a shark slurping a fruit smoothie. All the animals are eating their favourite foods in their own hilarious way. So whatever you're eating today - tell us how it should be done!

"This delightfully funny book will have parents and children giggling together as they find their favourite animals eating the silliest meals."

Give Peas a Chance, by Rob Biddulph

"It's dinner-time for Nancy but oh no. PEAS! Not-so-keen-on-peas Nancy needs to come up with a way to ditch those little green balls. Luckily, she's got a peas-plot up her sleeve. But is she quite as clever as she thinks?"

Supertato, by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

"Meet Supertato! He's always there for you when the chips are down. He's the superhero with eyes everywhere - and he's about to meet his arch nemesis."

I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, by Lauren Child

"This is a great book for tackling fussy eaters in a fun way. Lola does not eat a lot of things, so one day Charlie plays a good trick on her to get her to eat her supper."

Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog, by Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross

"Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog were very lazy. They ate and ate and ate. They drank and drank and drank. And they slept and slept and slept. But when they woke up, they were most uncomfortable. The sofa had shrunk. Or so they liked to think."

Fussy Freda, by Julia Jarman

"Dinnertime isn't easy in Freda's house. Mum cooks beans. YUK! Grandma cooks fish and chips. YUK! Dad cooks crispy duck. YUK! YUK! YUK! There just isn't any pleasing Fussy Freda! Will anything change her mind about eating dinner? This deliciously funny story will have toddlers calling out for more, and more."

Lunch on a Pirate Ship, by Caryl Hart & Kristina Stephenson

"Come with Jack on a quest for the perfect lunch - you never know who you might meet!

"Jack doesn't want to eat his boring old lunch. He'd rather have lunch on a pirate ship! But what do pirates actually eat? Rotten fish stew - eeuuuwwww! And so begins a rollicking, imaginative adventure over sea, through caves and into the lair of a troll before Jack decides that actually Mum's cooking is pretty good after all."

Your Growling Guts and Dynamic Digestive System: find out how your body works, by Paul Mason

"What does the liver do? What happens to all the food we eat? Why does the small intestine need to be so long?

"Your Growling Guts and Dynamic Digestive System takes readers on an entertaining tour of the body's different digestive organs and the process of digestion. Every spread opens with an amazing science fact about the human body, then goes on to explain the science behind the fact. Detailed diagrams and amazing images illustrate the lively text."

Disgusting Digestion, by Nick Arnold & Tony De Saulles

"This is one in an award-winning series of books that reveal revolting scientific facts. Among the facts revealed here are how much pee one's bladder can hold without popping and why astronauts can't eat beans before a space flight."