Health and Nutrition Books

Early Literacy Tip

Make it a practice to read non-fiction books to young children. These books help children find answers about their world, and they prepare them for the type of reading that occurs in upper elementary school and beyond. Non-fiction books may not be developmentally appropriate for every preschooler. If any of the text is too advanced for your children, you can still "read" these books by discussing their pictures.



Bear Feels Sick. Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
When Bear is too sick to play, his animal friends go to his cave to make him soup and tea and keep him company.

Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard
When Bird gets hit on the head while playing ball, his friends have many suggestions to try to make him feel better.

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Describes what a young dinosaur should do to quickly get over being sick.

Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney
When Llama Llama has to stay home from school because he is sick, his mother takes good care of him. When Mama Llama begins to feel sick, too, Llama Llama knows how to take care of her.Z


Inside Your Outside! All About the Human Body by Tish Rabe
The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick for a ride through the human body.



Chew, Chew, Gulp! by Lauren Thompson
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text demonstrate a variety of ways to eat different foods.

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
From the everyday apple to the exotic xiqua, colorful collages of fruits and vegetables delight toddlers as they learn their ABCs.

The Parrot Tico Tango by Anna Witte
A cumulative rhyme in which a greedy parrot keeps taking fruit from the other creatures of the rainforest until he can hold no more.


Rah, Rah, Radishes by April Pulley Sayer
Photographs of vegetables and rhyming text celebrate vegetables in all their colorful and tasty variety.



Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson
When Bear discovers he has a loose tooth, his friends try to help make it fall out.

Clarabella's Teeth. Clarabella’s Teeth by An Vrombaut
Clarabella the crocodile cannot play with her friends because she is busy brushing her teeth – and crocodiles have lots of teeth!

Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth by Lucy Cousins
Maisy's friend Charley has a wobbly tooth! He is going to the dentist for the first time, and he is a little nervous.


Brush, Floss, and Rinse by Amanda Doering Tourville
This non-fiction book shows how to take care of your teeth and explains why it is important to do so.

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