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Fruits and Vegetables

Yum-Yum Baby!Wood, A.J.Board Book9 mo - 2 yr1592238033
Rhyming text describes which meals of the day a baby is hungry for, while labeled illustrations introduce related words, such as banana, cup and peas.
Sweet as StrawberrySmallwood, SallyPaperbook9 mo - 2 yr1840894199
A mixture of art, photography and large, clear type introduces children to the correlation between textures, tastes and appearances of fruits and vegetables. Each book displays a clear photograph of the food against a dramatic painted background. Upon opening the full-page foldout of the fruit or vegetable, kids can distinguish which are hot and spicy, cool and smooth, or sweet and juicy.
Grandpa's Garden LunchCaseley, JudithHardcover9 mo - 3 yr0688088171
After helping Grandpa in the garden, Sarah and her grandparents enjoy a lunch made from home-grown vegetables.
Happy Healthy Monsters Eat Your ColorsAlbee, SarahBoard Book9 mo - 3 yr0794410057
Join Elmo and his buddies as they have lunch and teach kids about the importance of eating a variety of healthy "all-the-time food" like fruits and vegetables every day, while limiting less nutritious "sometimes food" snacks. Kids can help their favorite Sesame Street friends make healthy choices by placing the 10 reversible board food disks onto each character's lunch tray.
The Carrot SeedKrauss, RuthBoard Book1 - 2 yr0694004928
A young boy plants and cares for a carrot seed that everyone says will not grow, but he lovingly tends in his seed and he eventually grows a large carrot.
LunchFlemming, DenisePaperback1 - 4 yr0805046461
One hungry mouse peeks out of his hole and sniffs...LUNCH! Children can guess what fruit or vegetable comes next as the voracious rodent munches his way thorugh yellow corn, green peas, organge carrots and the rest of the colors.
Fruits and VegetablesRosa-Mendoza, GladysBoard Book1 - 6 yr1931398100
Introduces children to fruits and vegetables through beauitful illustrations. Bi-lingual.
Growing Vegetable SoupEhlert, LoisBoard Book2 - 4 yr0152061762
Together, a father and child share the joys of planting, watering and watching seeds grow. And once their harvest of tomoatoes, potatoes, cabbage and corn is ready, they'll cook it up into the best soup ever!
Orange Pear Apple BearGravett, SmilyHardcover2 - 4 yr1416939997
Explores concepts of color, shape and food using only five simple words as a bear juggles and plays.
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry BearWood, DonBoard Book2 - 4 yr0859536599
Little Mouse worries that the big, hungry bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry.
Eating the AlphabetEhlert, LoisBoard Book2 - 5 yr015201036X
An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.
Market DayEhlert, LoisPaperback2 - 6 yr0152168206
On market day, a farm family experience all the fun and excitement of going to and from the farmers' market.
A Story about RaisinsAdler, KarenHardcover3 yr and up0967977231
Covers the history of how raisins were discovered and how they are produced. The book emphasizes nutrition and even has simple recipes for children to make. A CD is included which contains three songs and a narration of the story.
Food for ThoughtFreyman, Saxton & Elffers, JoostPaperback3 - 6 yr0439110181
Shapes: Is that a carrot or a triangle? Colors: Watch for peppers in every range of the rainbow. Numbers: A zero-to-ten zoo! ABCs: A full produce section of sculptures acts out the alphabet. And Opposite: You've never seen Up/Down and Big/Little like this before!
Oliver's Fruit SaladFrench, VivianHardcover3 - 6 yr0531300870
Although he loves to help Grandpa pick fresh fruit, Oliver will not eat any until one day Mom prepares something very special in a big glass bowl.
Oliver's VegetablesLevert, MireillePaperback3 - 6 yr0531094626
While visiting his grandfather, who has a wonderful garden, Oliver learns to eat vegetables other than potatoes.
An Island in SoupLevert, MiriellePaperback3 - 6 yr0888995059
String at the fish soup he doesn't want to eat, Victor imagines that he is on an island of overgrown celery where he conquers a fierce pepper dragon only to be barraged by a wealth of terrifying ingredients. Soon Victor unexpectedly discovers that the dreaded fish soup is quite delicious.

General Healthy Eating

Baby Sign for MealtimeAcredolo, LindaBoard Book6 mo - 1 yr0060090731
Through baby signing that parents can teach to their children, youngers can communicate when they want more, when something is too hot, or even to let everyone know the food is all gone!
Bread Bread BreadMorris, AnnPaperback6 mo - 5 yr0688122752
What kind of bread do you wat? A bagel? A tortila? A baguette? All over the world, wherever there are human beings, someone is eating bread. Ann Morris' simple text and Ken Heyman's dazzling full-color photographs reveal for young readers how people eat - and how people live - the world over.
My FoodEmberley, RebeccaHardcover9 mo - 2 yr0316177180
Labeled illustrations introduce familiar foods and their names in English and Spanish.
EatRoberta GrobelBoard Book9 mo - 2 yr0439420067
A group of babies enjoys some favorite foods - along with making a big mess on their faces when they eat.
Tucking In!Stockham, JessBoard Book9 mo - 2 yr1846430461
Animals and young children enjoy the same types of food, including oats, oranges and fish, in a book with pictures hidden beneath the flaps.
Baby FoodMiller, MargaretBoard Book1 - 2 yr0689831900
Hey, baby! Look at these babies having fun with food!
Crunch MunchLondon, JonathonBoard Book1 - 3 yr0152166009
Shows how different animals eat, from the nibble bibble of the chipmunk to the Zap! Zap! Zap! Of the frog, and reveals the tasty morsels that each animal love, from the yummy ants for the aardvark to the green leaves for the giraffe.
My Very First Book of FoodCarle, EricBoard Book1 - 3 yr0399247475
A split-page board book provides a simple introduction to the foods animals eat as preschoolers are challenged to match up the image of the food with the animal presented.
Let's EatBenjamin, AlanBoard Book1 - 4 yr0671769278
Featuring simple, colorful illustrations of fruits and vegetables, simple meals, and familiar kitchen utensils, this bi-lingual book introduces words in English and Spanish. From cup (taza) to ice cream (helado) and carrot (zanaharia), young children will have fun using these words during every meal. Bi-lingual.
Very Hungry CaterpillarCarle, EricBoard Book1 - 4 yr0399226907
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days. Available in Spanish (La Oruga Muy Hambrienta)
World Snacks: Chaat and SweetsSanger, Amy WilsonBoard Book2 - 4 yr1582461937
Through the author's trademark collage art, introduces toddlers to the Indian finger foods known as chaat, including phel puri, tandoori chicken and sweet coconut cham-cham.
World Snacks: First Book of SushiSanger, Amy WilsonBoard Book2 - 4 yr1582460507
Illustrations and rhyming text introduce a variety of Japanese foods.
World Snacks: Hola JalapenoSanger, Amy WilsonBoard Book2 - 4 yr1582460728
Illustrations and rhyming text, sprinkled with some Spanish words, introduce a variety of Mexican foods.
World Snacks: Let's NoshSanger, Amy WilsonBoard Book2 - 4 yr1582460817
Illustrations and rhyming text introduce a variety of Jewish foods, from gefilte fish to challah bread, chicken soup to matzah.
World Snacks: Mangia! Mangia!Sanger, Amy WilsonBoard Book2 - 4 yr1582461449
The sixth book in the World Snacks series pays tribute to dishes from the Italian table, from hearty minestrone and risotto to sweet, cool gelato.
World Snacks: Yum Yum Dim SumSanger, Amy WilsonBoard Book2 - 4 yr1582461082
Easy-to-read rhyming text introduce children to the varied Chinese foods called dim sum, meaning a little bit of heart.
When I'm HungryHoward, JaneHardcover2 - 4 yr0525449833
A child imagines eating like a variety of animals, catching food or eating it off the trees, but decides that using a plate and glass is best.
Vegetable FriendsLawlor, Tony & Kociemba, BruceHardcover2 - 5 yr0965300358
Learning about vegetables and how good they are to eat will be fun when you spend some time with the Vegetable Friends. The Vegetable Friends characters come to life in this delightful series of nursery rhymes that entertain and educate children about vegetables. This book combines fun and imagination while providing educational content.
Grover's Guide to Good EatingKleinberg, NaomiHardcover3 - 6 yr037584063X
Little ones can join their host Grover and his assistant Elmo in the Good Eats Café where they will learn all about good nutrition and healthy eating!
Fast FoodFreyman, Saxton & Elffers, JoostHardcover3 - 6 yr043911019X
Kids everywhere will thrill over the array of transportation methods on display, from enormous rockets and grand ocean liners to the simplest mechanism of all: your feet.

Physical Activity

Row, Row, Row Your BoatKubler, AnnieBoard Book9 mo - 2 yr0859536580
In this traditional nursery rhyme, a group of babies and their toy animal friends row merrily down the stream.
On the Go!Stockham, JessBoard Book9 mo - 2 yr1846430496
Animals move by stretching, jumping and climbing, and readers can flip the page to see babeis doing the same action.
Head, Shoulders, Knees and ToesKubler, AnnieHardcover9 mo - 2 yr184643307X
An illustrated version of the song which identifies parts of the body.
Eyes, Nose, Fingers and ToesHindley, JudyBoard Book9 mo - 2 yr0763623830
A group of toddlers demonstrate all the fun things that they can do with their eyes, ears, mouths, hands, legs, feet -- and everything in between.
Wiggle WiggleLondon, JonathonBoard Book9 mo - 2 yr0152165886
Describes how various animals walk, from the wiggle-waggle of a duck to the boing, boing, boing of a kangaroo to the bumble roll, bumble roll of a bear.
Bear About TownBlackstone, StellaBoard Book1 - 3 yr1841483737
The big, friendly bear goes on his daily walk through his neighbhorhood, meeting all the people who live and work nearby.
Feet are Not for KickingVerdick, ElizabethBoard Book1 - 3 yr1575421585
Helps little ones learn to use their feet for fun, not in anger or frustration. It also includes tips for parents and caregivers on how to help toddlers be sweet with their feet.
I Went WalkingWilliams, SueBoard Book1 - 3 yr0152056262
During the course of a walk, a young boy identifies animals of different colors.
Skippyjon Jones Shape UpSchachner, JudyBoard Book1 - 3 yr0525479570
Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese cat who thinks he is a Chihuahua dog, exercises using objects of different shapes.
Curious George Rides a BikeRey, H.A.Paperback1 - 4 yr0395174449
George helps a little boy with his paper route and gets into all sorts of trouble.
Come Play with Elmo!Allen, ConstanceBoard Book1 - 4 yr0794407781
All the friends on Sesame Street know that exercise is a great way to keep their bodies healthy! This fun board book features four fun novelties that show exercise can - and should - be fun. Kids can make the wheel turn on Elmo's big wheel, slide a ball across the page, move Zoe's arms, and help them all play tag. Simple exercise tips throughout help kids apply what they've learned in their own lives.
From Head to ToeCarle, EricHardcover1 - 4 yr0064435962
An interactive story that invites to imitate animal movements. Watching giraffes bend their necks or monkeys wave their arms is fun, but nothing could be better than joining in. From their heads down to their toes, kids will be wriggling, jiggling and giggling as they try to keep up with these animals! Available in SPanish (De la Cabeza a los Pies)
Move!Jenkins, SteveHardcover 1 - 4 yr061864637X
Animals move! Follow them as they swing, dance, float, leap and slide from page to page, then learn why these animals move the way they do. Move! Is a playful introduction to motion in the animal kingdom that invites young readers to guess some of the unusual ways that animals get around.
The Barnyard DanceBoynton, SandraBoard Book2 - 4 yr1563054426
Everybody sing along - because it's time to do do-si-do in the barnyard with a high-spirited animal crew! Features lively rhyming text and a die-cut cover that reveals the wacky characters inside. Guaranteed to get kids and adults stomping their feet.
Get Moving with GroverTabby, AbigailHardcover2 - 4 yr0375830464
Grover and Elmo show young readers that being fit can be fun, encouraging exercises involving jumping over, running around and dancing around the book itself.
Jumping DayEsbensen, Barbara JusterPaperback2 - 4 yr1563978539
The pleasures of jumping, running, skipping and hopping are celebrated as a little girl starts her day, goes to school and comes home to play.
Doing the Animal BopOrmerod, JanPaperback2 - 4 yr0764178997
Various animals dance to the animal bop, including ostriches, elephants and moneys; includes read-along compact disc.
I'm as Quick as a CricketWood, AudreyBoard Book2 - 4 yr0859536645
A young boy describes himself as loud as a lion, quiet as a clam, tough as a rhino and gentle as a lamb.
Duck on a BikeShannon, DavidHardcover2 - 4 yr0439050235
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all of the other animals on tnhe farm to ride bikes too.
Froggy Learns to SwimLondon, JonathonPaperback3 - 6 yr0140553126
Froggy is afraid of the water until his mother, along with his flippers, snorkel and mask help him learn to swim.

Screen Time

Fix-ItMcPhail, DavidPaperbook2 - 5 yr0140547525
Emma wants to watch television one morning, but the set won't work. How her parents try to fix-it - and how Emma finds consolation in a book instead. Even when the television is fixed, Emma is too busy readign her book to watch it.
Mouse TVNovak, MattPaperback3 - 6 yr0531070999
What to watch on TV is always a dilemma in the Mouse family - everybody wants to watch something different. When the TV breaks, the mice are thrown into a tailspin wherein they discover the joys of new-found games and exploring, dancing and dressing up, even bedtime stories. And best of all, there are no commercials!
Berenstain Bears & The Trouble with CommercialsBerenstain, Stan & JanPaperback4 - 7 yr0060573872
Brother and Sister Bear are not greedy children, but all the toys and candy on TV look so great! Mama Bear has to find a way to teach her cubs that they can't believe everything they see...before that pile of unused toys gets any bigger!
The Best Way to PlayCosby, BillPaperback4 - 8 yr0590137565
Little Bill and his friends, avid fans of the television show "Space Explorers," clamor to get the video game version, but they find that they have more fun using their imagination while playing outside.
Mama Rex and T-Turn off the TVVail, RachelPaperback4 - 8 yr0613951042
It's a rainy Saturday morning and T plans to watch TV all day long. Then suddenly, lightning flashes, thudner crashes and the room goes dark. The apartment has no power, and that means no TV for T! Now T's day will be dull, dull, dull - or so he thinks. Mama Rex has a plan to fill T's no-TV morning with rainy-day adventures. What will Mama Rex and T do to lighten up their day in the dark?
Library LilWilliams, SuzannePaperbook4 - 8 yr0140568379
A formidable librarian makes readers not only out of the once-resistant residers of her small town, but out of a tough-talking, television-watching motorcycle gang as well.
When the TV BrokeZiefert, HarrietPaperbook4 - 8 yr0140365400
When the television breaks, Jeffrey is forced to find fun and imaginative ways to entertain himself.
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam AffairPolacco, PatriciaHardcover4 - 9 yr0399229434
Aunt Chip saves the town of Triple Creek, where everyone has forgotten how to read because of the invasion of television.