How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?, written by Chris Butterworth and illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti will help kids understand that food doesn’t magically appear at the grocery store for people to buy. They’ll see how much work it takes to make bread, cheese, apple juice, and chocolate chip cookies. They’ll also learn about the growing, processing, and delivery of tomatoes, clementines, and carrots.
The text does a good job of explaining these processes in a kid-friendly way. The bright, retro illustrations also help walk the reader through the journey our food takes before it ends up at the grocery store.
Though this book doesn’t cover all the food kids may be eating, it’s a great early introduction to the topic, and it will help bridge the disconnect between kids and the origins of their food. There’s also a little lesson in nutrition at the end of the book too.