Lima Beans Make Me Gag

I love vegetables, but DO NOT serve me lima beans. They make me gag. Maybe it was the way my mom cooked them – dry as a bone and hard to swallow. Despite that, she must have done something right because I’m all in for fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a good thing because June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. Arugula. Okra. Romanesco. Kumquats. Quince. Salmonberries. YUM!

Okay, maybe you’re not into exotic fruits and vegetables, but carrots, broccoli, green beans, apples, bananas and pears are perfectly safe choices. Take a trip to your local grocery store. Peruse the fruit and veggie aisle. Don’t pass by these delicious treasures. Grab a handful and step into a healthy new world. Remember your mother’s wise words:  “Fruits and vegetables are good for you!”

Munch and crunch! Chomp and chew!

Fruits and veggies good for you!

Take a bite out of these delicious books.

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Green Beans, Potatoes, and Even Tomatoes written by Brian P. Cleary and illustrated by Martin Goneau

The rhyming text in this book moves at a quick pace and keeps interest at a high level. The illustrations are colorful and fun while providing excellent information on the nutritional value of vegetables. Whether they’re sliced, diced, peeled, or steamed, vegetables are a perfect choice to keep you healthy.

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The Vegetables We Eat written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons

This nonfiction book presents a wide variety of vegetables that grow in different shapes, sizes, and colors. The author explains how vegetables are categorized by the way we eat them. Accompanying illustrations help the reader learn the different categories of vegetables such as tuber, stem, and root. Gibbons explains the different ways to grow and harvest vegetables and how they get to the grocery store for consumers to buy. This book is chock-full of information for the mind and body.

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Go, Go, Grapes! A Fruit Chant written by April Pulley Sayre

Do you want to be a cheerleader? If you do, this book is for you! April Pulley Sayre offers a fast-paced cheer for fruit. Vivid photographs and text with rhyme and rhythm make this book a real winner.

Also check out Rah, Rah, Radishes!

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Gregory, the Terrible Eater written by Mitchell Sharmat and illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey

Gregory, a young goat, is a fussy eater. He only wants to eat “fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish, bread, and butter.” His parents are horrified! Goats eat cans, boxes, shoes, paper, and the like. With much patience, Gregory’s parents slowly introduce hearty goat food into his diet with a bit of his healthy food included. The mix is just right.

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Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Mr. McGreely plants a garden he has always wanted. Lettuce, peas, carrots, and tomatoes are his choice. Alas, hungry bunnies attack his garden. Muncha! McGreely is determined to stop them. He builds a fence, walls, and trenches to deter the hungry bunnies. Mr. McGreely thinks he has won the battle, but, unbeknownst to him, the bunnies have outsmarted him. The text provides interactive participation with its repetitive “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!” Make sure to scope out the bunnies hiding in the illustrations.

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and Dairy Month. Eat, drink, and be healthy!

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