Books for Growing Healthy Minds

Kids who develop healthy habits have improved outcomes in all aspects of life.

That’s why we’re excited to offer a new collection of titles on the First Book Marketplace to help educators teach healthy habits to kids they serve. Hand-selected by renowned chef Mario Batali, the Healthy Kids Collection features eight books about food and the importance of healthy eating.

Six of the titles are brand-new to the First Book Marketplace.

In addition to sponsoring this collection, The Mario Batali Foundation is helping 250 schools and programs serving kids in need access these resources.

Below are a few of the titles you can find in the Healthy Kids Collection.

IMG_3764Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass

With a combination of unusual foods and a kaleidoscope of colors, this concept book shows that not all foods have to look the same way. A banana can be red, broccoli can be purple, and cherries can be yellow and still taste just as delicious.





to_market_to_mcclureTo Market, To Market by Nikki McClure

Known for art that celebrates the virtues of community, hard work, and living gently on the planet, Nikki McClure here explores a topic close to her heart: the farmers market. Alternating between story and fact, this lovingly crafted picture book follows a mother and son to the weekly market. As they check off items on their shopping list, the reader learns how each particular food was grown or produced, from its earliest stages to how it ended up at the market.



What’s So Yummy?: All About Eating Well and Feeling Good by Robie H. Harris

Gus, Nellie, and baby Jake can’t wait to go on a picnic! In the morning the family heads to their community garden, then to the farmer’s market and the grocery store to gather vegetables, fruit, meat, and other fresh and delicious foods. Readers follow them through the day as they go home to prepare, cook, and pack up the goodies, then cap their day by eating a yummy meal in the park and flying a kite together.


A special thanks to the Mario Batali Foundation for making this collection possible. We love being able to offer new resources to the educators and program leaders we serve. To view all of the titles visit the First Book Marketplace.