Children’s Book Giveaway: Are You Eating Something Red?
April 13, 2010

I may be the only mother who feels this way, but I think that food is an integral part of parenthood.  It is important to me that Charlotte grow up with a healthy diet, that she have a solid body of knowledge with regards to nutrition, and that she be capable of making informed and healthy choices about food.

This is a topic that I could write about for eons, so Are You Eating Something Red? by Ryan Sias seemed like an obvious pick to feature here.  I want my daughter to appreciate every step of food preparation and a nutritious diet, so I naturally seek books today that I can use to begin laying the foundation she will need.  Furthermore, since health and wellness are topics that I hope to introduce to Charlotte at a young age, I sincerely appreciate that this is a board book.

Are You Eating Something Red? is not a very long book and it is not a wildly insightful book.  It is a short, but fun, introduction to a rainbow of healthy food choices.  The foods are organized by color and presented by a mascot named Greenie.  For our family, it is the perfect way to start talking to Charlotte about food and healthy lifestyle choices.

Pros: The foods illustrated are all fruits and vegetables, which can open the door for discussion about healthy choices.  Moreover, they are sorted by color, which allows for conversations about colors.

Cons: The book is quite short, which is perfect for young babies, but not for their adult counterparts.  As well, the last page shows Greenie, the book’s mascot, burping.  Although references to burps and the like do not bother me, I realize that they do bother some parents.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow.  Unless you have a picky eater in your home.  Then, I would recommend buying it and seeing if a book that makes fruits, vegetables, and healthful eating seem fun helps at all.

Reading tip: Choose books that will open the door to the conversations that you, as a parent, want to have with your child.  Are You Eating Something Red? is not the sort of book that I would choose if I were looking for giggles or a touching fairytale.  It is, however, a brilliant way to jumpstart the discussions that I want to have with Charlotte when she is older.

About the publisher: Blue Apple Books is an independent publisher that focuses on books that are entertaining, educational, and readable.  Their books spotlight specific themes and cover concepts that are age-appropriate.  When Charlotte and I are out and about, it’s the books published by Blue Apple that people ask us about most frequently.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail telling me about something that you feel very strongly about.  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Thursday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time and the winner will be announced Friday morning.  You can leave one entry every day, for a total of up to three entries.

For extra entries: This is on the honor system, so please be honest.  I will award you one extra entry if you vote for me at Top Baby Blogs by clicking here.  I am hoping to move up to the front page so that I can reach new readers and get them excited about reading to and with children too.  (I know it’s hard to tell if your vote counted – chances are that it did!)

To purchase this book: You can pre-order Are You Eating Something Red? through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code), purchase it through Chronicle Books by clicking here, or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.


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  1. By amanda Smith on April 13, 2010

    Hi sarah :]

    I feel strongly about keeping my son safe, healthy, and happy. I know that’s every parent’s job, but some do it better than others and I want to be the best at it for my son :]

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  2. By Christy on April 13, 2010

    I think food and nutrition are so important.  As a very very picky eater myself I am working really hard to make sure that Lily isn’t picky and will eat her veggies.  This book looks great.  Thanks

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  3. By on April 13, 2010

    I voted for you!

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  4. By on April 13, 2010

    I feel strongly about food and nutrition as well. My MIL drives me absolutely nuts because she does so much of the processed convenience foods and offers them to Bekah even though I have mentioned how I feel about processed foods in our diets.

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  5. By Kimberly O'Rosky on April 13, 2010

    We are looking forward to teaching “panda” about healthy food choices. This looks like a great book to start that introduction with. We also feel very strongly about recycling! It’s an easy concept that anyone can do.. We have bins set up in our garage for all of the different categories so it’s super easy to sort everything out and then haul it to the center every 2 weeks.

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  6. By on April 13, 2010

    What a cute book… I feel strongly about the importance of education, especially reading. Thank you for doing this. :)

    Marla @ http://www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.com

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  7. By on April 13, 2010

    In our home we feel very strongly about a good routine my son Wyatt is 16 months old and bedtime is 8pm so we stick to the four “B’s” at 7 it Bath time, Brush teeth, Book, and Bedtime.

    P.S. Absolutly love your blog my sister introduced me to it after i had my son. Love how all your post are so witty yet meaningful.

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  8. By Cynthia Krajcarski on April 13, 2010

    Oh man, I love it when Charlotte reads!!

    I feel very, very strongly about food and nutrition as well. We’re making sure Isla learns to make healthy choices and we’re making sure that she gets nothing but the best when it comes to quality food. I want her to be a Foodie because we just LOVE food.

    And I voted for you!

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  9. By on April 13, 2010

    Voted for you!

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  10. By on April 13, 2010

    Love your blog!  I definitely voted for you!

    I feel very strongly about nutrition as well.  I want my kids to grow up informed and wanting to eat healthy foods instead of needing to because they became unhealthy eaters.  Unfortunately both my toddlers are picky so getting them to eat their veges and even fruits have become a challenge.  However, I am confident this is just a stage.  Right??

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  11. By on April 13, 2010

    I am totally passionate about healthy eating.  I am always working on my stepkids to eat better (teenagers with bad food habits for years ) and really want my son to eat like mommy does (so I can stop making multiple meals like I do now!)

    Also voted for you.  Because well, you are the best.

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  12. By Megan R. on April 13, 2010

    Look at those two top “toofers”!  Peanut just has one growing down and is working on cutting another one right now.  Can’t imagine how she will look with those big people teeth in front!

    And, what do I feel strongly about?  As far as Finnley is concerned, I feel strongly about not overprotecting her / keeping her in a bubble / creating a “first” or “only child” syndrome for her.  That is something that created a big difference between my older sister and myself.  She was very reserved, not self-confident, had self-esteem issues, etc.  Not to say that every first born is like that, but my sister was…and a lot of it had to do with my parents being new at all of “this” and wanting to keep my sister protected.

    Now, don’t get me wrong…I want to protect my baby.  But, I also want her to be comfortable with another person holding her or watching her or feeding her.  I want her to know that it is ok to fall down…that you can get back up and be ok.  I want her to explore the world around her (the grass, the mud, rain puddles, etc) without worrying too much that those things will expose her to too many germs or to too much dirt!  You get my drift? 

    I know that she IS my only…and I don’t want to screw it (her) up!

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  13. By Jenny | The Balow Bunch on April 13, 2010

    This has nothing to do with young children, but I think it’s important to be educated and aware of current events and politics. It always makes me feel so sad for our country when I see skits like “Jaywalking” where people have no clue what’s going on in the world around us.

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  14. By Sara on April 13, 2010

    The things my husband and I are most passionate about are manners, tolerance, and education… so yay for books!

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  15. By Sara on April 13, 2010

    I voted at top baby blogs!

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  16. By on April 13, 2010

    One thing I feel strongly about is making sure that my (future) kids know how to have fun but also know how to respect adults and know when it is time to behave.

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  17. By on April 13, 2010

    I feel strongly about reading to my girls. I loved reading as a child; still do, just less time! But I hope they are also avid readers. Reading really opens up a whole new world and encourages the use of the imagination—something some kids these days don’t seem to have!

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  18. By on April 13, 2010

    I feel strongly about teaching my kids to listen to their bodies…when you feel full you can stop…you don’t have to be part of the clean plate club

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  19. By erin on April 13, 2010

    It might sound cliche, but I feel very strongly about recycling.  We consume so much and often don’t have a choice about it (food, for example) and yet there is so much waste that often follows our consumption.  I have always recycled everything I can and have dragged Brian on the bandwagon, and plan to drag Hannah onto it as well.  I am very proud that we are down to one 13-gallon trash bag per week, which includes kitty litter and the obscene amounts of Kleenexes and paper towels that I cannot for the life of me get Brian to quit using.  On the other hand, we put out two HUGE trash cans of recycling every two weeks, and compost as much as possible.  I am not a crunchy granola save-the-planet type by a long stretch - I just think that there is no logical reason why we should generate as much garbage as we do.

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  20. By Lauren @ In the Pudding Club on April 13, 2010

    I voted. 

    I feel strongly about Gay rights.  I hope to teach my children at a young age that love can take on many different forms and that no combination is better than the other.

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  21. By Jennifer Moore on April 13, 2010

    This seems like a great book and we just solid foods for Jessica. Since becoming a mother, I have become very focused on natural products. It stemed from my desire for cloth diapers and using cloth diapers is something I feel very strongly about.

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  22. By on April 13, 2010

    I feel strongly about making sure my son has a happy and fulfilling childhood. I had such an excellent upbringing with so many opportunities and I want him to have the same experience. He can do any and all of the activities that he wants, as long as he is content!

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  23. By on April 13, 2010

    I just voted for you!

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  24. By on April 13, 2010

    I feel very strongly about love, and acceptance. I want my daughter, (and any other children I may have in the future) to know that there is no reason to judge people. To know that every person is an individual, and that they deserve respect and love just as much as the next person. I feel very, Very, VERY strongly about any type of discrimination. (I HATE it, and think that it takes real effort by educated people to continue to perpetuate these thoughtless stereotypes.) Were here to learn to love one another.

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  25. By on April 13, 2010

    Aaannnnnnnd… I just voted :)

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  26. By Cynthia A on April 13, 2010

    ahhh…so many things I feel passionate about!  I feel passionate about my marriage and about my daughter.  I want to raise my daughter to have a passion for life and all that is involved in it.  My list could go on and on….Family, cloth diapering, trying to be environmentally friendly, love, friendship, education…

    Voted for you as I always do.  Go Sarah!

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  27. By Ann on April 13, 2010

    Sarah,
    I came across your blog for the first time today and It’s a perfect fit.  I also feel passionate about food and nutrition.  I have an organic garden, and I make my own babyfood!  I’ve voted for you, and I’ll be following your blog as well.

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  28. By Monica on April 14, 2010

    I feel strongly about evidence based practice in medicine… especially childbirth.  :-)

    And I really want to win this one, because I feel really srongly about developing good eating habits from early on!

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  29. By Emily on April 14, 2010

    Hmmm I could come up with quite a list of things I’m passionate about!

    Perhaps one would be healthy food and nutrition: eating like our ancestors did. None of these vegetable oils or imitation foods. Real butter, red meat, saturated fats (yep, I said it!).

    Looks like a great book!

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  30. By on April 14, 2010

    Hahah what don’t I feel strongly about. LOL

    What I would like to say is I really can’t get enough of Charlotte in her grandfather’s chair! Something about this little baby in the giant chair just makes me smile.

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  31. By Michelle Campbell on April 14, 2010

    Cute book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. By Michelle Campbell on April 14, 2010

    I also voted for you!

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  33. By on April 14, 2010

    Another thing that I feel strongly about is that I am Bekah’s mom. If you don’t like a decision I make in regards to my daughter, that is your problem. If my DH has no problem with the decision, then nobody else has any business telling me how to parent!

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  34. By Cambria Copeland on April 14, 2010

    There are lots of things I believe we feel strongly about with our little one.  And while we aren’t always the best with our own grown up eating, we encourage healthy eating with Hadley.  We purchase unsweetened items, encourage her love of vegies, fruits and milk.  We rarely give her sweetened items or sweets, but we try not to make it something that she doesn’t ever get and offer it as an occasional treat. 

    Another thing I feel strongly about is not making her finish her food.  I remember my father insisting on that with us, whether we were full or not, we had to finish our plates.  I believe in stopping eating when you are full and I fully encourage that, even if it means she eats leftovers or it gets disgarded.

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  35. By Cynthia A on April 14, 2010

    I also feel passionate about appreciating what you have in your life NOW (not tomorrow).  It is an important thing for me to remember everyday, we can only live for today. 

    Voting right now…

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  36. By on April 14, 2010

    I feel strongly about good habits…eating healthy, good bedtime routines..including reading.

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  37. By on April 14, 2010

    I feel strongly about a lot of things mentioned: tolerance, respect for others, safety, good nutrition, healthy sleep habits, being well-rounded, etc.

    If I had to pick just one thing that is the most important, I would say it is the ability to think for herself and not mindlessly follow the crowd.

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  38. By on April 14, 2010

    We feel very strongly about the enviornment. I hate being out and seeing trash everywhere. Is it really that difficult to our scraps into the proper containers? Even when camping? It is pure laziness. We need to respect our Earth.

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  39. By Jen on April 14, 2010

    I feel strongly about kids and creativity!
    Keep them kids away from TV and video games and instead give them paper, crayons, blocks….take them on a field trip to the art museum. Let them exercise their brains.
    I like to call it art’n around!

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  40. By on April 14, 2010

    I voted for you. 

    I think it’s extremely important to educate our children on healthy eating and choosing the right foods.

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  41. By *emilie* on April 15, 2010

    ok, i’m not very original here, but i also think it is very important to eat healthy. Being European, i can’t lie. i must admit i find a certain category of north american people have really weird eating ways.. and i would love for my daughter to prefer a home cooked meal to a fast food lunch…

    do you know about “Slow Food” ? http://www.slowfood.com/
    check it out ! let me know if you would like to know more about it..

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  42. By The Football Wife on April 15, 2010

    Kids weren’t born to eat chicken nuggets.  Since my Ellie has allergies to dyes, we eat super healthy around our house.  My rule… if God didn’t make it, she can’t eat it!  ;)

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  43. By Cynthia A on April 15, 2010

    Voted today :)  I feel passionate about family today.

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  44. By erin on April 15, 2010

    Just entering again!  I am also passionate about food and it seems that has rubbed off on Hannah.  She is pretty adventurous (so far) and will taste anything I put in front of her.  Yesterday I gave her rhubarb and she loved it, and she likes beet greens with spinach salad dressing on them.  She also likes her squash/carrots/sweet potatoes/turnips mix that I make for her dinner with fresh ginger in it.  I don’t want her to be one of those kids who only eats mac & cheese because that’s all her parents eat.

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  45. By Domesticated Gal on April 16, 2010

    Hmm… should probably purchase this book.  Considering baby’s first food was a Twizzler.

    But it was red!

    (And no, he didn’t actually gobble it, just sucked enthusiastically)

    (And yes, this is when I realized we needed to get out of the house more.  Because this?  Is what boredom leads to)

  46. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on April 18, 2010

    What a great book!  A couple of weeks ago I was so pleasantly surprised by a gift that my nutritionist sent me - the board book titled Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z.  I didn’t even know books like that existed and it’s such a great book - love it!

    Here’s a link if you’re interested:  http://www.powells.com/biblio?PID=26825&cgi=product&isbn=0152056882


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