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Children's Food Books You Can Use to Learn English


I wanted to share some of my favorite food books with you. Click on the books below to check them out on Amazon. I hope these book suggestions help!


Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne

Handa’s Surprise

Eileen Browne

This is the story of Handa, who’s part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya. Handa decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Handa wonders “I wonder what fruit Akeyo will like best?”, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa’s basket, which she’s carrying on her head… When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend? Richly-illustrated, brimming with luscious fruit and cheeky wild animals, this mouth-watering story is for the youngest of readers.

Cat and Mouse-Eat Good Food by Stephane Husar and Loic Mehee

Cat and Mouse Eat Good Food

Stéphane Husar and Loïc Méhée

With Cat and Mouse – Eat good food!, let’s set off to discover fruits and vegetables: of all sizes, all colors… and for all tastes! An album with repetitive structures which makes it possible to approach the lexicon of food, and of two domestic animals: the cat and the mouse. An original song, which uses the structures of the album, has been created to facilitate memorization of the lexicon and language structures.

Today is Monday by Eric Carle, Children's Food Books

Today is Monday

Eric Carle

String beans, spaghetti, ZOOOOP, roast beef, fresh fish, chicken and ice cream are the delicious fare during the week  until Sunday in this popular children’s song. Then, all the world’s children are invited to come together and share in the meal. Celebrated artist Eric Carle brings new energy to these much-loved verses as lively animals parade across the page, munching on favorite dishes, and introducing young readers to the names of the days of the week.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a much loved picture classic book by Eric Carle. A newly hatched caterpillar eats his way through all kinds of food, getting bigger and bigger, until eventually he turns into a beautiful caterpillar and then into a butterfly. One of the most popular picture books of all time.

My Very First Book of Numbers by Eric Carle

My Very First Book of Numbers

Eric Carle

Can you tell how many cherries there are? How many apples? In the brilliantly colorful My Very First Book of Numbers, children can find the number of fruits in the bottom half of a page that matches the number of boxes and numerals in the top half. This new, bilingual edition will also allow them to match English and Spanish words for each. Children will love solving the puzzles of this clever, vibrant book.

Daisy Eat Your Peas by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt

Daisy Eat Your Peas

Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt

Daisy does not like peas. And there is nothing that will get her to eat them. Mum says she can have an extra pudding, a chocolate factory or a space rocket with double retro laser blammers – but it just won’t work! Can quick-thinking Daisy save her tea time and come up with a cunning plan to turn the tables on Mum? This wickedly funny story will appeal to cheeky children everywhere.

Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt, Children's Food Books

Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt

Learning good table manners has never been this much fun! “Chocolate mousse!” says greedy Goose. “Don’t just grab it,” says angry Rabbit. Good manners are not on the menu at this meal. Duck won’t eat his carrots and Sheep would rather sleep than wash the dishes. Thank goodness some of the animals know how to behave. Children’s favorite foods and animals are combined in delicious rhyming phrases, making this story of the funniest dinner party ever perfect to read aloud.

Don't Put Your Finger in the Jelly Nelly by Nick Sharratt

Don’t Put your Finger in the Jelly, Nelly!

Nick Sharratt

Don’t Put Your Finger in the Jelly, Nelly! is a book for all people who like to dip their fingers into anything that looks tasty – though they might be in for a bit of a shock.  With real holes that little fingers can explore!

Ketchup on your Cornflakes, Book You Can Use to Learn Food in English

Ketchup on Your Cornflakes?

Nick Sharrat

Do you like ketchup on your cornflakes? What about custard on your ice-cream?  A lovely book by the famous Nick Sharatt. This is a great reissuing of a perennially popular split-page book inviting children to howl with laughter at the fantastic and fantastical food concoctions they create. Loved by the young learners. The book is funny and the grands love the nonsense questions. This book is sure to give your child the giggles! What a clever way to encourage kids to read!

A Cheese and Tomato Spider by Nick Sharratt

A Cheese and Tomato Spider

Nick Sharratt

Ever met a fish on wheels? Set off an exploding granny? You soon will! Taste the unexpected as you make over one hundred crazy mix-ups. If you enjoyed playing with Don’t Put Your Finger in the Jelly, Nelly, spreading Ketchup on Your Cornflakes? and shopping at the Zoopermarket, treat yourself to A Cheese and Tomato Spider! Go ahead, open the book … and prepare to pick ‘n’ mix!

Alphabet Ice Cream by Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap

Alphabet Ice Cream

Sue Heap and Nick Sharratt

A is for apple, B is for bat, C is for crocodile, camel and cat… Here is a unique and special alphabet book. This very simple text is about two friends, Sue and Nick, who like very different things but are still best friends. They take us through all their favourite things from ABC all the way to XYZ… Y is for yoghurt, yum and yuk, Z is for zoom!

What's in the Witch's Kitchen by Nick Sharratt

What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen?

Nick Sharratt

The witch has hidden a trick and a treat in her magical kitchen cupboards! Which one you find depends on how you open the doors. Whether it’s frogspawn or popcorn, lollipops or rabbit plops, there are hilarious rhymes to discover inside in this innovative new novelty book from Nick Sharratt.

I Want my Dinner written by Tony Ross, Children's Food Books

I Want my Dinner

Tony Ross

The Little Princess needs to learn some manners but, several tantrums later, once she’s mastered ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, she finds that not everyone else is so polite! She’s certainly not going to give the Beastie back his dinner until he asks nicely!

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Orange Pear Apple Bear

Emily Gravett

Orange Pear Apple Bear, by author and illustrator Emily Gravett, is a beautifully simple and engaging picture book. By rearranging just four words, Emily Gravett creates a series of playful images which are a sheer joy to adults and children alike.

The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs

The Elephant and the Bad Baby

Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs

The Elephant and the Bad Baby is the classic story from Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs.The Elephant takes the Bad Baby for a ride and they go ‘rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta down the road’. They help themselves to ice creams, pies, buns, crisps, biscuits, lollipops and apples, and the shopkeepers follow them down the road shouting and waving.

Spot Bakes a Cake by Eric Hill

Spot Bakes a Cake

Eric Hill

Celebrate Spot and his friends in these brand-new lift-the- flap editions! Kids can still lift the flaps to bake a cake and to spend time with Spot and his grandparents. Spot plans a surprise for his dad’s birthday.

The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog by Ana Martin Larranaga

The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog

Ana Martin Larranaga

A big wide-mouthed frog asks every creature he meets what they like to eat. “I’m a big wide-mouthed frog and I eat flies,” “Who are you, and what do you eat?” says the chirpy big wide-mouthed frog to the kangaroo, the koala, the possum and the emu. Then the frog meets a crocodile – and finds out that sometimes it’s better to keep your big wide mouth shut!

May I Please Have a Cookie by Jennifer E. Morris, Children's Food Books

May I Please Have a Cookie?

Jennifer E. Morris

Alfie loves his mommy’s cookies, and he wants one more than anything! But grabbing for one, fishing for one, and dressing up as a cookie inspector don’t seem to work. His mommy says there is a better way. What is it?

The Shopping Basket by John Burningham

The Shopping Basket

John Burningham

Steven is sent out for groceries on to the mean street of the city with only a shopping basket for protection. There are several shady characters about who are offering to lighten the load of the basket by helping themselves to his provisions! Stephen’s having none of it and makes it home in time for tea. With the pictures telling as much of the story as the text, children and adults alike will appreciate the humour and observations from this well known children’s author.

Don't Forget the Bacon written by Pat Hutchins, Children's Food Books

Don’t Forget the Bacon

Pat Hutchins

Six farm eggs, a cake for tea, a pound of pears and don’t forget the bacon. A young boy sets out to do the shopping, determined to remember his simple list but as the sights and sounds of town distract him he finds himself in a terrible muddle. An inventive story about a boy going shopping – and his struggle to remember the shopping list.

Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward and Tomie dePaola

Cookie’s Week

Cindy Ward and Tomie dePaola

One of Tomie DePaola’s most popular young picture books, this charming story about Cookie the cat makes a perfect read along. With its bright watercolor illustrations and one sentence of text per page, toddlers will love following Cookie through the days of the week—and seeing all the trouble he causes around the house!

Six Dinner Sid written by Inga Moore

Six Dinner Sid

Inga Moore

Sid is a cat who is addicted to having six meals a day and glories in this lifestyle. Manipulative, persuasive and a charmer he has wrapped everybody round his little paw – each owner believes that Sid belongs to them only… Until the day he is found out!

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear

Audrey and Don Wood

Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the big hungry bear… How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red ripe strawberry? This classic story is beloved for its humor, expressive illustrations, and surprise ending – pure read-aloud fun!

I'm Hungry written by Rod Campbell

I’m Hungry

Rod Campbell

Who’s the hungriest animal of them all? Find out in this touch-and-feel book for the very young — but watch out for the surprise ending! From Rod Campbell, the author of Dear Zoo, I’m Hungry! is a delightful interactive book that will keep young children engaged, as they learn about what different animals like to eat.

Lemon's are not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Lemons are not Red

Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Clever cutouts in the pages make a simple, original, and utterly beguiling introduction to color. Laura Vaccaro Seeger introduces young children to color in this unique concept book with die cuts. The opening spread features a big, bright red lemon and the simple text, Lemons are not Red. When the spread is turned an equally bright yellow lemon appears (Lemons are yellow) across from a luscious red apple (Apples are red). And so it goes, from carrots that are not purple through reindeer that are not white…

Strawberries Are Red by Petr Horacek

Strawberries Are Red

Petr Horacek

An inventive book for babies and toddlers who are just discovering the world around them – in all its color and contrast! What color are strawberries? Bananas? Grapes? Flip the pages to find out! What happens when you mix these and other wonderful colors together? Peek in the bowl on the last spread for a tasty surprise.

Little Lost Kitten by Natacha and Albertine Deletaille

Little Lost Kitten

Natacha and Albertine Deletaille

A hungry kitten asks farm animals for food. None offers him what he wants. A classic by Père Castor translated and adapted into English for French-speaking children. For the pleasure of listening to stories in English, an audio CD containing the entire text is read by English-speaking actors.

Mrs Hen's-Day by Anne Noiser and Alessandro Sanna

Mrs Hen’s Day

Anne Noisier and Alessandro Sanna

Mrs Hen’s Day tells about her day, which is nothing like a day spent in a farmyard. Mrs Hen’s Day is a wonderful album created on thematic variations of tales and nursery rhymes around the character of the hen.

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