Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Picky Eaters

It's a parent's worst nightmare (right up there with a child who refuses nap time): PICKY EATING!!

Sometimes it feels like no matter how hard you try, you just can't get your little one to try something new (especially if it is good for them).

Books can be great for helping kids work through issues that challenge them, like picky eating.  They show that the child's challenges are not unique and that many other kids have the same likes and dislikes.

Here is my top-ten list of Picky Eater Picture Books:

Title: Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast
Author: Philip C. Stead
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Wild Man Jack is not easy to please and there is one dish he hates more than any other: creamed tuna fish & peas on toast.

Title: Night of the Veggie Monster
Author: George McClements
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A little boy begins to transform into a veggie monster at the slightest taste of a pea. Wait a second, maybe they aren't so bad after all!
Title: Princess Picky
Author: Marjorie Priceman
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The royal courtiers pull out all the stops to get Princess Nicki to try a vegetable. Finally, a wizard cooks up a plan to make all of Nicki's wishes come true.
Title: The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster
Author: A. W. Flaherty
Illustrator: Scott Magoon
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On a cross-Atlantic sea voyage, Katerina-Elizabeth unknowingly creates a monster by tossing her oatmeal overboard. When they dock in Scotland, "Nessie" moves into the nearest Loch.
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Title: Sugar Would Not Eat It
Author: Emily Jenkins
Illustrator: Giselle Potter
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No matter how hard he tries, Leo can't get his new kitten to eat birthday cake.  He eventually learns that some foods are better for kittens than others.
Title: Little Pea
Author: Amy Krouse
Illustrator: Jen Corace
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Poor Little Pea just hates eating candy. That's what you have to eat every night when you're a growing pea. She would much rather eat SPINACH!!
Title: Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli
Author: Barbara Jean Hicks
 Illustrator: Sue Hendra
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Monsters eat tractors, rocket ships, boulders and trees. They most certainly do not eat broccoli. Wait, are those monsters eating broccoli? Nope, it's just crunchy little trees.
Title: The Seven Silly Eaters
Author: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrator: Marla Frazee
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A house full of picky eaters wear out their mother and stumble upon a brilliant discovery when they bake the perfect birthday surprise!
Title: Burger Boy
Author: Alan Durant
Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka
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Burgers are all Benny will eat. It isn't too surprising when he turns into a burger himself (you are what you eat!).
Title: Tales for Very Picky Eaters
Author: Josh Schneider
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A collection of short and hilarious tales about why it is sometimes a good idea to step out on a limb and try something you think you won't like.

Picture by: Anirudh Koul

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