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I Like to Eat, Eat, Eat Apples and Bananas

There are many reasons to love summer, but two of my favorite reasons are summer fruits and vegetables. Strawberries, blueberries, corn….it’s a great reason to indulge yourself at the farmers’ market. 

Summer is also a great time to do a fruits/vegetables themed story time. Luckily, there are many fabulous picture books that lend themeselves perfectly to such a theme:

The Little Mouse, The Red, Ripe Strawberry, And the Big Hungry Bear

If you’re a strawberry fiend like I am, you can definitely identify with this little strawberry-obsessed mouse. What would you do if an equally ravenous bear was after your strawberry? The little mouse has any number of clever ideas, but the narrator has one that’s mutually beneficial.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

Poor Mr. McGreely. He’s planted a beautiful vegetable garden, but conniving rabbits sneak in every night and steal carrots. Fences, moats, walls…what will deter these rascally rabbits?

The Ugly Vegetable

A little girl is embarrassed by her mother’s traditional Chinese garden (she admires the flowers that the other neighbors grow), yet finally agrees that Chinese vegetable soup is much better than even the prettiest flower. This is a great way to introduce a cross-cultural element to your fruits/vegetable story time.

What Can You Do With a Paleta?

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing quite like a fruit-flavored popsicle, or a paleta. This charming ode to a young Mexican-American’s love of paletas adds a sweet international flavor to a fruits/vegetables theme.

Now, it’s your turn! Let’s talk about some other fruits/vegetables themed books in the comments.


  1. Valerie Baartz

    A couple of my favorites to add to this fun list:
    Jamberry by Bruce Degen
    The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall
    Bumpety Bump by Pat Hutchins

  2. Mary Voors

    April Pulley Sayre’s new title, Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant is a great addition to this theme.

  3. Abby

    Thanks for these suggestions! I am totally planning a fruit salad storytime for our fall storytime session. 🙂

    I’ll add:
    Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson (bananas)
    A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek

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