LANA Preschool Program

Learning About Nutrition Through Activities (LANA)


Read all about it! LANA Preschool Program Theme Unit Storybooks

We recommend reading at least two books during each theme week. The key books recommended with each theme are listed below. If your site doesn’t currently own the recommended books, consider borrowing them from your local library.

Eating the Alphabet

  • Eating the Alphabet by Lois Elhert (ISBN:0152244360)
  • Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow (ISBN:0064430200)
  • Sorting Foods by Patricia Whitehouse (ISBN: 1588105393)

Vegetarian Animals

  • Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne (ISBN: 439056543)
  • Rabbit Food by Suzanne Gretz (ISBN: 76361296)
  • Lunch by Denise Fleming (ISBN: 9780805046465)

Our Senses Teach Us

  • My Five Senses by Aliki (ISBN: 9780064450836)
  • Fruits are Fun by Amanda Rondeau (ISBN: 1577658345)
  • Little Bunny Follows his Nose by Katherine Howard (ISBN: 0375826440)


  • Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens (ISBN: 0152928510)
  • Growing Colors by Bruce McMillan (ISBN: 9780688078447)
  • The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy (ISBN: 1841481572)

Growing Things

  • I’m a Seed, by Jean Marzollo (ISBN: 05926586-5)
  • Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert (ISBN: 9780152325800)
  • Jack’s Garden  by Henry Cole (ISBN: 9780688152833)

Foods For Everyone

  • Market Day by Lois Ehlert (ISBN: 0152168206)
  • The Foods We Eat, Many Hands Media. Available from: Many Hands Media 60 Madison Avenue Suite 501 New York City, NY 10010
    (212) 924-2944
  • All Our Fruits and Vegetables by Roberta L. Duyff and Patricia C. McKissack. Available from: Many Hands Media 60 Madison Avenue Suite 501 New York City, NY 10010  (212) 924-2944

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Suggestions for additional books to make available in the classroom
Here are some suggestions for other storybooks you might consider making available during the LANA Preschool Program. These stories can be read during the theme weeks or as a part of your regular weekly LANA activities.

Eating the Alphabet
Growing Things
  • Alphabet Soup by Kate Banks
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Un Abecedario Muy Sabroso (A Very Tasty Alphabet) by Altamira Estrada (in Spanish)
  • Tomorrow’s Alphabet by George Shannon
  • I Eat Vegetables! by Hannah Tofts
  • I Eat Fruit! by Hannah Tofts
  • Stone Soup by Ann McGovern
  • Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • How are you Peeling? by Saxton Freyman
  • The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall
  • Who’s In the Garden? by Vera Rosenberry
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
  • Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
  • Soup for Supper by Phyllis Root
  • How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan
  • In the Garden by David Schwartz
  • Seeds Grow by Angela Medearis
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Vegetarian Animals Foods for Everyone
  • How Groundhog’s Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry
  • Baby Food by Saxton Freyman and Joost Elffers
  • The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry by Audrey Wood
  • One Hungry Monster by Susan O’Keefe
  • Who Eats What? by Patricia Lauber and Holly Keller
  • Dog Food by Saxton Freyman
  • Welcome to the Greenhouse by Jane Yolen
  • To Market, To Market by Anne Miranca
  • Fiesta by Ginger Foglesong Guy
  • Tonight is Carnaval by Arthur Dorros
  • A Taste of the Mexican Market by Nancy Tabor
  • Yoko by Rosemary Wells
  • First Tomato by Rosemary Wells
  • Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
  • This is the Way We Eat our Lunch by Edith Baer
Our Senses Teach Us Fruit and Vegetable of the Week
  •  Look, Listen and Learn by Susan Canizares
  • Oliver’s Fruit Salad by Vivian French
  • Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French
  • Eating Fractions by Bruce McMillan
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood
  • I Eat Vegetables! by Hannah Tofts
  • The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be by Mini Grey
  • Give Me My Yam by Jan Blake
  • I Eat Fruit! by Hannah Tofts


Inside / Outside
  • Vegetable Garden by Douglas Florian
  • The Giant Carrot by Jan Peck and Barry Root
  • The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis
  • No more Vegetables by Nicole Rubel
  • When Vegetables Go Bad! by Don Gillmore
  • Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
  • Fruits and Vegetables by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza
  • A Book of Fruit by Barbara Lember


Updated Wednesday, October 04, 2017 at 01:33PM