13 Fantastic Food Books for Preschoolers

by Janssen Bradshaw

Photography by Seana Williamson

Food is tricky at the preschool age.

My older daughter was a phenomenal eater for the first two years of her life and happily consumed pretty much anything we gave her (oh, what excellent parents we thought we were). Then, as she hit two, she suddenly developed deep preferences about what she wanted to eat and strongly resisted trying new foods, and sometimes even rejected foods she’d loved for years.

Books can be a great way to talk about food with your child, whether you’re dealing with a picky eater, a child who loves to cook, or something in between. They don’t have the pressure of food sitting in front of them, so it can be a calm time to talk about trying new foods, where food comes from, and the great variety of foods available around the world.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2022.