According to a recent article in Time, "Childhood is an important time to target obesity, as most obese children remain obese into adulthood. The most recent obesity numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though, are promising, reflecting that obesity rates among 2- to 5-year-olds dropped 43% in the past decade."
Recent efforts towards fighting this cause include providing education for kids at an early age to help them create positive associations between healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.
After reviewing the children's education space, here are a handful of resources that will provide children with the basics of nutrition education for kids between the ages of 4-8.
The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond – A simple and beautifully illustrated book. Part 1 is a series of easy-reader alphabet poems about common and uncommon produce, from apples to zucchini. Part 2 offers a host of enticing food facts, recipes and fun. Suitable for ages: 4-8 years. (112 pages)
i. Author: Steve Charney, David Goldbeck
ii. Publisher: Ceres Press, 2007
iii. ISBN: 1886101078
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z – From apple to zucchini, this alphabet book introduces readers to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables through colorful watercolor collages. Also a detailed glossary is provided, which includes pronunciation, botanical information, the origin and history of each plant. Suitable for ages: 4-8 years. (40 pages)
i. Author: Lois Ehlert
ii. Publisher: Sandpiper, 1994
iii. ISBN: 9780152009021
The Vegetables We Eat – An illustration book along with education content about vegetables. Suitable for ages: 4-8 years. (32 pages)
i. Author: Gail Gibbons
ii. Publisher: Holiday House, 2008
iii. ISBN: 0823421538
The Enchanted Garden of Colors - This is a story about Olive and Nate, siblings, who explore a garden of fruits and vegetables by interacting with them and learning about their positive benefits. (54 pages)
i. Author: Anita Mirchandani
ii. Publisher: Self, Available on the Kindle & Nook, 2014
iii. ISBN: 9781495118043
Get Up and Go: Being Active (How to be Healthy!) – This is a story about two girls: Juana and Maria, and their physical activity adventures. Suitable for ages: 4-8. (24 pages)
i. Author: Amanda Doering Tourville
ii. Publisher: Nonfiction Picture Books, 2008
iii. ISBN: 1404848118
Up, Down and Around – Two children learn all about vegetables when helping plant and raise a garden full of vegetables. Suitable for ages: 4-8. (32 pages)
i. Author: Katherine Ayres
ii. Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2008
iii. ISBN: 0763640174
Creating content for kids is all about engaging illustrations and easy to digest content. These are the front runners in that category. If you've got a suggestion, comment below!