You can use your child’s love of books to inspire them to think about their health responsibly. From babies all the way up to age 11, we’ve put together our favourite titles for young people. They cover subjects in health and wellness including food, exercise, and looking after our teeth.
Baby to 3 years
Brush, Brush, Brush! By Alicia Padron
This book uses cheerful pictures to show the most important steps to help a child brush their teeth. Both you and your child can sing the rhyming words to the tune of "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" to make teeth-brushing fun every day.
My First Yoga ABC by Teresa Anne Power
This board book will not only help little ones to learn the alphabet, but some simple yoga poses as well. Each page has block letters of the alphabet, with a corresponding yoga pose! Young children will delight in practicing yoga while reciting their ABCs.
Mealtimes by Elizabeth Verdick
Simple but important mealtime routines come to life as the toddlers in this book remember to wash their hands, stay at the table, and eat healthy foods.
Ages 3 to 5 years
There's so much to learn when it comes to staying healthy - from how to wash your hands properly, to learning how to keep calm, remembering what foods are good for you - and a whole bunch of other things too.
The Busy Body Book: A kids guide to Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell
A celebration of the amazing human machine and a life on the move! Your amazing body can jump, sprint, twist, and twirl. Your body is built to move.
Good Enough To Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzie Rockwell
This book will teach your child all about the nutrient groups, how the body digests food and all about calories. There are also kid-friendly recipes and the book even shows kids how to test their food for fat. Perfect for parents trying to explain healthy eating to kids!
Why we go to the Dentist by Rosalyn Clark
Teeth need lots of brushing and flossing to stay healthy--but why? Going to the dentist helps us learn more about the importance of clean teeth!
Ages 5 to 8 years
Keeping Clean by Katie Woolley
This book is designed for children to begin to learn about the importance of being healthy and the ways we can look after our bodies to keep fit and well. A clean body is very important for keeping illnesses at bay and for feeling good about yourself. Creating good hygiene habits from an early age is vital.
The Monster Health Book by Edward Miller
Learn about all aspects of health and nutrition in this accessible and informative book. Readers will learn about nutrients, how to read foods labels and what it means to count calories.
Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes by Julia Donaldson
With 24 recipes specially designed to make with children, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and lots of hints and tips on what to do next, Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes is a great way to introduce Gruffalo fans to healthy cooking and baking.
Ages 9 to 12 years
Cool Kids Cook by Jenny Chandler
This book empowers kids to put a great supper on the table (with a bit of help from a grown up for the first few years)! Filled with real dishes, not 'children's food' recipes include tasty, healthy breakfasts to kick start your day and delicious salads that are perfect for picnics and packed lunches.
Be Healthy! is here to help girls learn how to be and stay healthy. Readers will find basic nutritional information, ideas for safe exercising, tips on how to eat right no matter where they are, and lots of other kid-specific information on food, fitness and feeling great.
Food and Eating by Anna Claybourne
People can sometimes get very stressed about food and eating, and how it affects their bodies. This book explains how food works, so children can make their own decisions armed with all the facts.