Children's Book List
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By: Eric Carle
This picture book follows the life of a caterpillar as it starts by coming out of its egg, all the way to becoming a beautiful butterfly. This story teaches the days of the week as well as counting up to five.
Pete's a Pizza
By: William Steig
This is a short, goofy read that follows Pete through a imaginative game with his father. Pete is upset that he can’t go outside with his friends because it’s raining outside. To cheer Pete up, his dad pretends to make Pete into a pizza.
Blueberries for Sal
By: Robert McCloskey
Little Sal and her mother are picking blueberries for winter up the sides of a mountain at the same time Mama Bear and her cub are eating berries on the other side of the same hill. Throughout their hunt for blueberries, Little Bear and Little Sal get lost and stumble upon each other’s mothers.
The Potato King
By: Christoph Niemann
King Fritz recognized the potential of the potato so he decided to plant this new crop for his people. His people became offended, however, and did not like being told what to eat. Determined to see the potato thrive, Fritz uses reverse psychology to show his people how delicious the potato can be! This book uses potato stamp illustrations throughout, which compliment a potato stamping activity well.
The Rainy Day
By: Anna Milbourne and Sarah Gill
This story is about a couple of kids who explore the wonders of nature on a rainy day. A simple book leads children through the wonders of clouds, puddles, and beautiful rainbows.
Green Eggs and Ham
By: Dr. Seuss
Throughout this rhyming book, Sam-I-Am, tries to convince the other un-named character to try green eggs and ham. Even though the character refuses, Sam-I-Am remains persistent. Eventually the character tries the dish, and ends up loving it!
The Carrot Seed
By: Ruth Krauss
A young boy plants a carrot seed and works hard to tend to the seed, however it is not sprouting. Everyone tells him it won’t come up, but he remained determined. Eventually, the carrot pops up, just like he knew it would.
Jam & Honey
By: Melita Morales
The perspectives of a young girl and a honey bee are combined in this picture book to highlight the importance of interacting and respecting all creatures.
Stop That Pickle!
By: Peter Armour
Mrs. Elmira walks into Mr. Adolph’s Deli and asks for a pickle when, suddenly, the pickle jumps up out of the jar and starts a wild chase around town. A whole host of other characters including a peanut butter sandwich and 17 almonds join in on the chase to stop the pickle as it tries to run away. Can anybody stop that pickle?
Growing Vegetable Soup
By: Lois Ehlert
A father and a child decide they are going to grow vegetable soup, so they sow seeds, weed their plants, harvest the produce, wash and chop the vegetables, and finally cook the best vegetable soup.
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
By: Don and Audrey Wood
Little Mouse finds a big, red, ripe strawberry outside his house and picks it, but he must find a way to hide it from the big, hungry bear, as the bear also loves to eat strawberries. He tried hiding it under a blanket and even put it in disguise, but the bear is persistent. How will the mouse prevent the bear from eating his strawberry?
Nature's Day: Discover the World of Wonder on Your Doorstep
By: Kay Maguire and Danielle Kroll
This book is an eye opener into the beauty of nature around you, whether you’re on a country side or in a big city. Divided into seasons, the book explores the changing scenery and animal life found in each location. This is the perfect book to celebrate each season and can be a go-to book before taking a hike or visiting a farm.
Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear
By: N.M. Bodecker
Poor Mary has a long list of tasks to complete before winter arrives. She’s harvesting the last of the fruits and preserving them to eat into the fall, but her preparation for the onslaught of winter leaves her red-faced and exhausted.
Higglety Pigglety Pop!
By: Maurice Sendack
Follow the Sealyham terrier who seeks experience through this imaginative and simple rhyme story book. The nostalgic food references will leave your mouth watering.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
By: Lois Ehlert
This is the story of a maple tree and the child who planted it. As they grow up together, the child watches the trees through all of the seasons.
Eating the Alphabet
By: Lois Ehlert
This is a great book to introduce new foods, and perfect for young ones who are learning the alphabet.
Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life
By: Julia Rothman
This book offers an entertaining tour of all the quirky details of country life, perfect for older kids who are interested in farming and early readers will be fascinated by the pictures.
How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?
By: Chris Butterworth and Lucia Gaggiotti
Kids love to open their lunchbox and dive in, but where did all that food come from? Fun illustrations takes readers on a tour of vegetable and dairy farms to understand the path of their food from farm to lunch box.
By: Jan Brett
A fun twist on the classic tale of the Gingerbread Man. In this story, a young boy and his mother bake a gingerbread baby who escapes from the oven and starts a wild chase.
By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Little Pea is a picky eater, and if he doesn’t eat all of his sweets, there won’t be any vegetables for dessert! Children who have trouble eating their veggies will love this playful book which offers a change of perspective.
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
By: Lauren Child
Lola is a very fussy eater, until her brother reveals that carrots are actually orange twiglets from Jupiter and mashed potatoes are actually cloud fluff from the highest points of Mount Fuji. There are many things Lola won’t eat, especially tomatoes. Or will she?
By: Eric Carle
Jack wakes up by the crow of the rooster and is ready to eat some pancakes for breakfast! But first, he has to go through all of the stages of acquiring his ingredients on the farm to make his pancakes. Jack and his mom need milk from the cow, eggs from the chickens, and flour from the mill. Will Jack ever get his pancake?
By: Elisa Kleven
Everyone misses the sun. The baker misses it so much that she mixes some dough, then kneads and shapes it into a warm and golden sun bread. The community joins in to eat the bread and begin a joyous celebration that wakes the sun again! This book includes a homemade sunbread recipe.
Tops & Bottoms
By: Janet Stevens
With roots of an American slave story, this book depicts the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship. This book teaches the efforts of growing food and reviews the parts of the plant that we eat.
A Seed is Sleepy
By: Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
Illustrations by Sylvia Long offer a beautiful and informative introduction to seeds. This book is full of seed and plant facts which makes it a guide for families at home or students in a classroom.
To Market, To Market
By: Nancy McClure
In this book, readers follow a mother and son to the weekly farmers market. As they check items off their list, readers learn about how each product was grown or made. Alternating between story and fact, this book creates awareness for the hardwork that goes into making delicious foods.
A Big Mooncake for Little Star
By: Grace Lin
Little Star loves the mooncake that she bakes with her mom, but she isn’t allowed to eat it yet. What happens when she can’t resist a nibble? This picture book beautifully depicts the phases of the moon.
Adult Book List
The Dirt Cure
By: Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein
Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein presents a nutritional plan for keeping children healthy, and one that any family can follow. Through careful research, Dr. Maya discovered that food is at the root of most illnesses we see today, from allergies, to ADHD, and obesity. This book is “full of scientific information presented in a fun and informative way, with concrete evidence that good food can transform one’s life” (Publisher’s Weekly). Dr. Maya used fresh food and nature to heal not only her son who suffered from severe asthma, but chronically ill patients from around the world as well.
Letters to a Young Farmer
By: Various Authors
Some of the most influential writers, farmers, and leaders of our time come together to complete a collection of 36 essays to share their wisdom, advice and admiration for young farmers entering the future of our food system. This is the first book published by the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.
Eat Like a Fish
By: Bren Smith
Bren Smith is a restorative ocean farmer, and through his book introduces the world to sea-based agriculture. The ocean houses thousands of edible plants and species. Using technology we can grow more than enough food, chemical free, to feed the planet and filter pollutants from seawater.
The Omnivore's Dilemma
By: Michael Pollan
In his non-fiction book, Pollan asks the simple question of “What should we have for dinner?” To find out, Pollan follows the different food systems that surround us: industrial foods, organic foods, and foods that we gather or hunt ourselves. As consumers, we are faced with many food options and Pollan attempts to tackle this dilemma with political, economical, and psychological standpoints.