Never stop never stopping, right? Simultaneously, I offer my child new foods daily while also trying to reduce the drama and pressure around mealtimes. So, of course I like to read books about other picky eating children to hammer the point home at bedtime, too. Books for picky eaters range from super preachy to downright hilarious. But I’ll try anything; unlike my kid.
Green Eggs and Ham: This Dr. Seuss classic has been on our shelves since long before it was a metaphor for not trying unusual foods. Sawyer loves it and can retell the entire story in rhyme without thinking he ought to try something new at dinner.
The Prince’s Breakfast: We picked up this book from a preschool fair a couple years ago along with the audio CD narrated with a delightful British accent by Downton Abby’s Hugh Bonneville. We listen to this story in the car a LOT. At one point Sawyer said, “I would totally force that kid to try his dinner.” How odd.
Bread and Jam for Frances: Another longtime favorite of the family, the closest we came to changing Sawyer’s habits with this book was that we gave up on feeding him the regular family dinner in lieu of peanut butter waffles hoping he’d ask for a change. In the book, Frances’ mom gets her to change her ways within 48 hours. We started our experiment in April and now it is June and I better make another Costco run to replenish our supply. (more…)