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Poems on Fruits and Odes to Vegetables


I’d like to write more posts on how to teach good nutrition to your children.  I’m currently preparing a presentation for 1st graders on fruits and vegetables, so this has really been on my mind.

My poor kids have been completely brainwashed by me. Especially Erica, my teacher at heart.  I came downstairs to find these signs on our cupboards:

DSC_0513 Carrots (2)


I have always enjoyed finding books at the library that teach kids about healthy food in a fun way.  Recently, I was introduced to this adorable book of poems called:



One of the poems from the book:


by Judith Natelli McLaughlin

Carrots orange, long and bright

Make my snowman’s nose tonight

Carrots shredded thin and fair

Make lovely, layered orange hair

Carrots crunchy, cold and sweet

Make my favorite snack to eat

Isn’t it sweet! Simple and sweet.  And what a great forum to start a discussion about all the great things about carrot.  You can tell your kids that:

  • Carrots help us to see better (especially at night!, like a spy!)
  • Helps our blood move better through our bodies
  • One carrot a day has been shown to reduce lung cancer by 50%!!!

Does your family love to read? Do you love poems? Do you love talking about healthy eating?  You should visit the website of this gorgeous author, Judith McLaughlin! IMG_1233 (2)


Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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fantastic lil’ book!! I bet we can even sing these poems while preparing a dish that includes these yummy veggies!!!

Your daughter makes me laugh! I’ve brainwashed my kids too. My 7 year old tells everyone at school they have to soak up the grease off their pizza with a napkin or they will have a heart attack.

Wow that is a neat book! My daughter loves to read and what a great way to teach about healthy foods. How fun!

those signs make me laugh! the book looks awesome! we also like lois elhart’s eating the alphabet and i think she also does growing soup (or similarly named!)

My four year old wa sby me when I looked at this post and said, “Oh look at those beautiful pictures!” She giggled at the poem. Would love to win this one.

My son (3) adores poems (and anything that rhymes!). He’s not so keen on his veggies though! I think this would be the perfect book for him! Thanks for a terrific and inspirational blog!

I am a first grade teacher in an “at risk” school. We are also a Project Approach school. Our current project is “Healthy Foods”. I have been looking and looking for food poems on line. I have no budget to purchase anything but would love to use your book to help my kids. Do you know if I would be able to find it at the local library? Thanks!