11 Children’s Books That Help Build a Healthy Food Culture

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to winners Stacia J and Shanna! You both have been emailed. A big thank you to all who entered.

In March I wrote about the importance of creating a healthy food culture for your family. You, in turn, embraced the post, gave me some incredible feedback, and confirmed that I wasn’t the only parent who wanted to shape that culture around my table.

From the post:

“By creating a healthy food culture in the home, you are giving your children the very best attitude toward food, instead of letting society’s food culture influence – and perhaps misguide – them.
We want our children to grow up to be healthy eaters, aware of the way their food choices affect the planet, and how it is produced. Most importantly, we want them to connect the dots between healthy, whole food and happiness.”

I listed six ways we can take to help build a healthy food culture, but it wasn’t until a few weeks later that I realized I had left out another essential action: READING.

Books: Another Way to Nurture Food Culture

In our home, reading ranks right up there with bathing, eating and resting. So, yes, pretty important. Our children don’t watch television or play video games, so aside from the interactions with their friends and family, books are probably one of the largest influences on them.

We’ve managed to gather a respectable collection of books that I feel nurture healthy food culture. As food has been my career and passion for so long, it is no surprise that many of our books have food as a subject. Our books relay important messages such as sustainability, preserving the harvest, trying new foods, hospitality, local eating, and growing your own food.

Today I wanted to share some of our favorite titles with you. I realize there are probably hundreds more out there that also have a great message, but these are a few that are special to my boys.

At the end of the post, several publishers have generously offered a few titles for giveaway!  So be sure to leave a comment for a chance to expand your own ‘library of healthy food culture’.

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