Baby Book Club – March

This month’s Baby Book Club is all about food, so I thought I’d ask the most qualified person I know to choose some books for you.
Alex Thurman founder of Feed the Brood. She writes recipes and meal plans and teaches cookery classes in Kent.
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Reading has very high value in our house. As a former primary school teacher and mum of three, I’ve got a fair few children’s books to hand. The shelves are bulging, the floors are littered most mornings and I’m a complete walk over when the children want more! Not to mention my collection of children’s stories about food – it’s ever-growing – I’m incorrigible. 

So, if you’d love to encourage your children’s love of food through reading, look no further, here are a select few to whet your appetite:

Usbourne Baby’s Very First FingerTrail Play book Garden

This is a vibrant and colourful book filled with flaps and trails for your baby’s fingers to explore. Learn the names of a variety of vegetables and how they grow as well as a tonne of garden creatures who like to nibble them.

Oh Dear! by Rod Campbell

Another offering from the author of ‘Dear Zoo’, this lift-the-flap book follows Buster around the farm searching for eggs for breakfast. He meets a variety of farm animals behind the flaps, and eventually discovers that chickens are the source of the eggs he’s collecting! 

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

Technically this book is not about food, because the eggs are hatching into creatures, but I can’t resist including this book in my list. Emily Gravett is one of my all-time favourite children’s author illustrators. She has a wicked sense of humour and there is always a laugh for adults in her stories too! This is a quick little board book about eggs hatching to a variety of bird species. Duck doesn’t let his unusual-looking egg bother him – and there are surprising results when it hatches too! We have brilliant memories of this book with our children – it’s a real winner.

Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges and Al Murphy

This book was given to us as part of the Book Trust offerings, so despite it’s garish and gimmicky illustrations, I knew it would be a great read. And it didn’t disappoint. A rhyming story about what goes on in the kitchen when we’re all asleep at night, the book introduces a wide variety of fruits to the reader and gives plenty of laughs along the way too. I’m always in a good mood once I’ve given this book a spin at bedtime!

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett

Fussy eater Oliver tries all kinds of vegetables whilst staying at his Grandpa’s house – and he LIKES them! I think we all need our kids to stay at Grandpa’s house, don’t we?!

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

This is a dear old favourite from my teaching days. Handa has all her tropical fruits secretly pilfered by the local wildlife as she walks through her village. It’s a simple little story with lovely descriptive language that is accessible to children of all ages and will leave you giggling together for ages!

One for the adults:

Bosh by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby 

I’m all about the recipe books and so, my adult’s choice is on trend and celebrates vegan eating. We are big omnivores here, but have plenty of vegan friends and family who we enjoy cooking vegan for. The Bosh boys have made these recipes so so tasty and vibrant. I can’t recommend it enough! 

That’s my selection of foody books for you this month – I look forward to hearing how you get on with them. In the meantime, HAPPY READING! xxx