Experts say it constantly, and you know it’s true: Reading to and with your children is one of the most important habits you can establish as a family. Not only does it help them develop early literacy skills; it also fosters empathy, a wider awareness of the world, imagination, and problem-solving skills. Plus, snuggling up with a book and a baby deepens family ties. In non-expert language? Reading together feels fantastic.
Here at Avocados From Mexico, we love to read, and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that our favorite books are about — what else?! — the great green fruit. What might surprise you? To learn that there are so many children’s books about avocados! Below are a few that are worth adding to your kids’ bookshelf and ones you’d no doubt love to read to your kids while eating this delicious green fruit.
In fact, the next time you’re at the grocery store, try teaching your child how to choose ripe avocados. Simply look for avos with dark green or even black skins that are a little bumpy. Give a little squeeze, and if they ‘give’ slightly when you apply gentle pressure, they’re ready.
Now, on to the books!*
written and illustrated by John Burningham
If you’ve got a picky eater on your hands, this book might be an especially good bedtime read. The scrawny, not-so-healthy Hargraves have two children and are expecting a third, one they hope won’t be as weak as the other family members. And they’re in luck: Their picky infant has decided he loves avocados, and because he’s so well-fed, he becomes capable of incredible feats.
While avocados won’t help a little tyke push a car or move a piano, they are delicious and a source of nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, so they’re a good addition to a baby’s diet when they start on solids.
written by David Shimones and illustrated by Talena Streeter
The title of this book hints at just how playful it is; populated with funny characters. In addition to the Avocado Moose (who, yes, has an avocado-shaped body), your kids will meet Watermelon Toad, Banana Billy Goat, Pineapple Parrot, and Apple Pie Cat, who are all part of a grand adventure that makes for great read-aloud fun.
Something really heartwarming about this book: The author, David Shimones, says it was inspired by his young daughter. Once, while driving to the grocery store, he looked at her in the rearview mirror and saw her making funny faces at him. He called her a silly goose and she piped back, “Hey, you avocado moose!” Dad had to cut the shopping trip short so he could hurry home and write the book.
written by Mike Sundy and illustrated by David Sundy
Mexican mythology, avocados, guacamole, and incredibly colorful, whimsical illustrations? We’ll take a heaping serving, please. Avocado farmers are after hungry bandits who steal their crops. (If only they knew that Avocados From Mexico are available year-round at their local grocery store!) Your young ones will have fun with this “old Western”-style story. And hey, if you want to make some guacamole to go along with it, check out our go-to trick for keeping guac green (hint: You’ll need some plastic wrap and milk).
* Please note that Avocados From Mexico is in no way affiliated with nor endorses the authors or publishers of the books listed in this blog. We are simply great fans of their work!