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Fruit and vegetables

Fruit in Suits

It can be difficult to persuade little ones to eat their greens or munch on some fruit - but books might help!

We've put together a list of lovely stories that either have themes of healthy eating or feature plant-based characters.

So whether you want to promote the power of avocados or learn all about a veggie vampire, you'll find books to make little tummies rumble here...

  • Fruit in Suits

    Author: Jared Chapman
    Publisher: Abrams

    It's time to go swimming, and everyone has a different swimming suit. The quirky twist is that all the keen swimmers are... Items of fruit! This book is very, very silly but has oodles of charm, with an underlying message about difference and having fun.

  • Nothing Rhymes with Orange

    Author: Adam Rex
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Adam Rex takes the title’s conventional wisdom and lets it grow into a raucous romp with a surprisingly heartfelt message. By painting hands, feet and faces on photos of fruit, Rex creates a lovable cast of characters, but none as lovable as the titular Orange.

    While all the other fruit dance and rhyme their names, Orange feels left out. After all, nothing r…

  • Colin and Lee: Carrot and Pea

    Author: Morag Hood
    Publisher: Two Hoots

    Colin is a carrot, and Lee is a pea. An amusing and deceptively simple look at friendship and difference, this is a lovely book for young readers.

  • Gary’s Banana Drama

    Author: Jane Massey
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    When Gary the gorilla runs out of bananas he is forced to go out and find more but although he sees bananas everywhere, he can’t eat a single one of them! Hilarious and packed with visual puns.  

  • Orange Pear Apple Bear

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Emily Gravett's colourful yet sparse illustrations cleverly depict a bumbling bear interacting in many different and imaginative ways with the fruit mentioned in the title.

  • Kitchen Disco

    Author: Clare Foges Illustrator: Al Murphy
    Publisher: Faber

    Did you know when you go to sleep all the fruit in the bowl comes to life and has a fun-filled, night long party?

  • Avocado Baby

    Author: John Burningham
    Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books

    Mr and Mrs Hargreaves' new baby is the fussy kind and doesn't seem to want to eat anything. Until he eats avocadoes – and gets bigger and stronger than anyone could have guessed. Avocado Baby is a total joy, full of surreal, off-kilter humour.

  • I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Hachette

    Charlie tricks his younger sister, Lola - an extremely fussy eater - into eating all her least favourite foods.

  • Hugo Makes a Change

    Author: Scott Emmons and Mauro Gatti
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    A simple and accessible book with rhyming text and lovely, bright illustrations, all about the importance of healthy eating, having a balanced diet and trying new foods.

  • Banana!

    Author: Ed Vere Illustrator: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Penguin

    Follow the cartoon-style adventures of two monkeys. One of them has a banana and the other one wants it - but what is the magic word?

  • T-Veg: the story of a carrot-crunching dinosaur

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Katherina Manolessou
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Reg dares to be different - he is a vegetarian T-Rex.

  • Each Peach Pear Plum

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Puffin

    This classic book from author and illustrator team Janet and Allan Ahlberg is a real favourite with families

  • Toto's Apple

    Author: Mathieu Lavoie
    Publisher: Phaidon

    Toto is a determined little worm. By hook or by crook, he is going to reach the juicy red apple hanging from a low branch. 

  • Supertato: Veggies in the Valley of Doom

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    The latest book in the Supertato series brings another fast-paced and colourful story, full of exciting twists and turns. But as well as being an adventure story full of fun and laughter, it’s also a sweet tale about friends who always look out for each other.