Five great books for fussy eaters

Want a brilliant bedtime read that could also persuade your child to try new foods? Here’s our pick of the best books for little fusspots

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Best for: children with older siblings

Charlie & Lola: I will not ever never eat a tomato by Lauren Childs
(£4.49, Orchard Publishing)

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Charlie’s little sister Lola has a never-ending list of food she doesn’t like, from peas to carrots to tomatoes. So when Charlie has to feed her dinner, he cleverly tricks her into eating things that she usually hates by pretending that peas are green drops and carrots are orange twiglets from Jupiter.

The illustrations in this book are fantastic and the storyline will make your toddler laugh out loud. Great for an admired older sibling to read aloud.

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Best for: children who favour one food

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett
(£3.98, Hodder Children’s Books)

Oliver will only eat chips – he won’t eat anything else, despite his family trying to feed him a wide range of other foods. One day his grandpa decides to play a game to encourage him to eat other things. Whatever vegetable Oliver finds in the garden that day, he must eat. On Monday, he pulls up a carrot. On Tuesday, he picks some spinach – and so on…

An excellent book for parents with fussy eaters, with warm and friendly pictures that your toddler will love.

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Best for: children who hate veg

Eat Your Peas! By Kes Gray
(£5.99, Red Fox Picture Books
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Daisy does not like peas. And nothing will persuade her to eat them – not even Mum promising a big helping of extra pudding. Quick-thinking Daisy tries to save her tea time to avoid the peas and comes up with a cunning plan to turn the tables on Mum – but will it work?

A book that both parents and fussy eaters will love, with big, colourful illustrations and a silly storyline that will take the stress out of mealtime flashpoints.

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Best for: making food fun

The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy
(£6.99, Barefoot Books Ltd)

The illustrations in this classic story of an elderly couple who grow a very big turnip will teach your toddler the names of vegetables as well as making them seem fun and interesting. When you’ve stopped admiring the bountiful veggies in the story, there’s a funny tale to read and numbers so your little one can also practise counting.

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Best for: parents lacking inspiration

Fussy Eaters Recipe Book by Annabel Karmel
(£14.99, Ebury Press)

This book is packed with over 100 recipes that even the fussiest of eaters will want to try. It’s also packed with tips from experts and mums like you – perfect if you need a little extra inspiration to tempt your pint-size fusspot.

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