Three books and accompanying resources to jump-start children's excitement about gardens, cooking, and trying new foods.
Scarlette Beane by Karen Wallace
On Scarlette Beane's fifth birthday, her grandfather gives her a garden to grow all on her own. Her veggies grow so big it takes the whole town to help harvest them and make soup. Then one night, she plants magic seeds that grow into a vegetable castle! This book is all about the wonderful things children can accomplish and the joys gardening brings to a community. Find resources for starting and maintaining your preschool garden here.
Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy, with illustrations by Carolyn Fisher
In this book a girl discovers two old potatoes that have begun to sprout at the back of the cupboard. She goes to throw them away, but her dad suggests that instead they try to grow new potatoes from the old ones. The story details how they prepare the soil, weed, water, and protect the plants from potato beetles. In September, their patience and hard work are rewarded with a brimming bucket of new potatoes. Together they make mashed potatoes (recipe included in back of book). Did you know that adding a dash of nutmeg brings good luck?
Find more fun recipes to make with children on the seasonal menus and recipes page of our website.
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
Lola is a VERY picky eater, until her brother Charlie makes her dinner. While Lola won't even try carrots or green peas, she is curious about orange twiglets from Jupiter and rare green drops from Greenland. This fun and clever book challenges preconceived notions about what foods we don't like to eat.
Find other suggestions for making new foods fun on the curricula page of our website.