15 Children’s Books for Picky Eaters

As a teacher, I often used books to start conversations with my students about challenges they faced.  Reading how book characters solved problems that were similar to their own inspired them to begin strategizing solutions to their own struggles.


Year after year, parents often shared with me that they were concerned because their child was a picky eater.  Does your child pick out peas from her chicken pot pies or refuse to eat anything red?  If so, this book list is for you.


Picture Books


I Do Not Eat the Colour Green by Lynne Rickards

Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks

Charlie and Lola’s I Will Never Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal

DW the Picky Eater by Marc Brown

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

Play with Your Food by Joost Elffers

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert

Stone Soup by Ann McGovern

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman




Whining and Dining: Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters by Eshun Mott

The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals by Missy Chase Lapine

Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld


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About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4.5, 3 and 1}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.

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