Recommended booklist

The a2 Milk Company has compiled a recommended booklist to help parents with many of the questions you may have about your child and parenting.

ZZ4856AE5A2SENSE-ational Mealtimes by Gillian Griffiths and Denise Stapleton
This book helps parents and caregivers make sense of tricky mealtime behaviour, fussy/picky eating and feeding difficulties.

Parents and caregivers can use SENSE-ATIONAL Mealtimes to help them continually tune in to and empathise with their child’s sensory experiences and feelings at mealtimes.Parents and caregivers will discover just right ways to meet their child’s unique sensory preferences for mealtimes and work toward nutritious food for the whole family.

Jasper McFlea Will Not Eat His Tea by Lee Fox

Jasper McFlea will simply not eat his tea, no matter how hard everyone tries to make him!

With a jaunty rhyme and charmingly evocative illustrations, Jasper McFlea addresses with good humour an issue that plagues many families at meal time – the curse of the picky eater.

As well as being a fantastically entertaining read-out-loud story, this book will resonate with a vast audience of children and their carers, and will be useful for anyone who deals with this difficult and sensitive issue.

 I’m Having A Rainbow For Dinner

By Nutrition Australia Queensland and Nutrition And Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local

The storybook provides parents with a highly visual, fun, educational and interactive resource to engage their children in conversations about recognising and eating vegetables and fruit. Helpful tips, recipes and games are also included in the book, helping parents to integrate healthy eating messages through daily life with their children.

Food Babies Love by Emily Dupuche

Food Babies Love is the book thousands of parents have been waiting for.  Full of simple recipes, anecdotes and practical tips, it will help you introduce your baby to solids with confidence and instil a love of fresh, wholesome food in your children as they continue to grow.

The book features 100 recipes – baby-friendly versions of well-known family favourites. They are designed to expose your little one to a wide variety of new flavours, colours and textures – one of the cornerstones of healthy eating.

Save Our Sleep Feeding by Tizzy Hall

From breastfeeding, bottle feeding, routine feeding or demand feeding newborns through to weaning and healthy eating in toddlerhood, Save Our Sleep Food and Feeding provides a wealth of new information specific to food and feeding.

The detailed advice in this book covers feeding babies and toddlers, as well as addressing common problems such as reflux, allergies and food refusal. Save Our Sleep Feeding offers sound advice on when it’s safe to introduce different foods and features a collection of tried and tested recipes to encourage your child to be a life-long healthy eater.

Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby To Love Good Food by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett

‘Baby-Led Weaning explodes the myth that babies need to be spoon-fed and shows why self-feeding from the start of the weaning process is the healthiest way for your child to develop. With baby-led weaning, you can skip purées and make the transition to solid food by following your baby’s cues.

In Baby-Led Weaning, world-leading BLW authority Gill Rapley and early BLW practitioner and co-author Tracey Murkett deliver everything you need to know about raising healthy, confident eaters. was, and still is, the definitive book on baby-led weaning. It explains why it makes absolute sense to introduce babies to solid foods this way.’

Are You Food Sensitive? by Joan Breakey

This book gives a straight forward approach to discover what problem foods and food chemical you or your family members are reacting too. It provides a proven method for being your own diet detective, giving you a simple, no fuss process for investigating which foods you react to. Reactions can include; Eczema, Headaches & Migraine, ASD, ADHD, Irritability, Tummy aches and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Tolerating Troublesome Foods by Joan Breakey

This book contains the Best Guess Food Guide of over 300 foods. It will help you understand different levels of risk depending on changes in each food that affect your own tolerance.

You can understand different levels of risk depending on changes in each food that affect your own tolerance. This allows you to expand your diet carefully to make it your own.

Tolerating Troublesome Foods also explains adverse reactions in an easy to read way, what your metabolic fingerprint is, and what to expect when you are reacting.

It provides the many reasons why tolerance to your suspect foods changes, and much more.

The Allergy Epidemic: A Mystery Of Modern Life by Dr Susan Prescott

As an allergy specialist working in a busy children’s hospital and as a cutting edge researcher, Dr Susan Prescott is perfectly placed to explore how and why we are experiencing an epidemic rise in allergic diseases as well as the practical side of dealing with these potentially life-threatening conditions.

Why is allergic disease increasing so rapidly, especially in young infants? What are the environmental factors contributing to this? What is going wrong with the immune system and can we prevent it? When is it safe to give children peanut products? What are the current treatment options for allergies? What is epigenetics? Where is the research headed? Drawing on the latest research, The Allergy Epidemic provides clear, no-nonsense descriptions in the very personable style Susan’s patients have come to expect.

Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies by Alison Orman with Dr Preeti Joshi

As the parent of a child with multiple food allergies, Alison Orman understands the challenges. In this accessible book she explains what food allergies are, and gives sensible, practical advice on how to live with, and manage them.

With the help of Dr Preeti Joshi (Paediatrician in Allergy and Immunology at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney), she helps parents navigate common problems and work out long-term solutions to keep their child happy, healthy and well-fed.

Growing Kids: Nurturing Relationships From Tots To Teens by Ruth Schmidt Neven

Growing Kids: Nurturing relationships from tots to teens is written for the way we live now.

Growing Kids will give you an insight into what makes us parent the way we do. This book can give you the tools to review your own reactions and beliefs, and understand your child’s behaviour in a new way. With a clear text revealing emotional milestones of development from birth to adulthood and delightful illustrations, Growing Kids captures the essence of the joys and challenges of parenthood.

Overcoming Baby Blues by Professor Gordon Parker, Kerrie Eyres, Professor Philip Boyce

A practical guide to the depression suffered by many women both during pregnancy and after the baby is born, with advice on identifying the symptoms and seeking the right help, for both women and their partners. Overcoming Baby Blues shares intimate stories of mothers’ experiences with depression and other mood problems during pregnancy and their baby’s first year. Also included are research-based guidelines on assessing moods, causes of perinatal depression, and effective management strategies. Safety of medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding is covered, as are suggestions for adapting diet and lifestyle to reduce symptoms, and advice for partners.

Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin

One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick—why? She was standing right in her own kitchen.

She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home?

A place that calmed her, and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks. Also, while Rubin wanted to be happier at home, she wanted to appreciate how much happiness was there already. So, starting in September (the new January), Rubin dedicated a school year—September through May—to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love.

With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives.

Save Our Sleep Feeding by Tizzy Hall

From breastfeeding, bottle feeding, routine feeding or demand feeding newborns through to weaning and healthy eating in toddlerhood, Save Our Sleep Food and Feeding provides a wealth of new information specific to food and feeding.

The detailed advice in this book covers feeding babies and toddlers, as well as addressing common problems such as reflux, allergies and food refusal. Save Our Sleep Feeding offers sound advice on when it’s safe to introduce different foods and features a collection of tried and tested recipes to encourage your child to be a life-long healthy eater.

Kiss Goodnight by Amy Hest and Anita Jeram

It was a dark and stormy night on Plum Street. In the little white house, Mrs. Bear was putting Sam to bed. Outside, the wind blows and the rain comes down. Inside, it is Sam’s bedtime. Mrs. Bear reads him a story, tucks him in, and brings him warm milk. “Are you ready now, Sam?” she asks. “I’m waiting,” he says. What else does Sam need before he’ll go to sleep? Could Mrs. Bear have forgotten a kiss?

Let’s Go to Sleep by Margaret Wild

Margaret Wild’s soft, lilting text and Michelle Dawson’s exquisitely delicate illustrations make LET’S GO TO SLEEP the perfect bedtime book for reading aloud. Guaranteed to give all small readers the sweetest of dreams.

ZZ4856AE5A2SENSE-ational Mealtimes by Gillian Griffiths and Denise Stapleton
This book helps parents and caregivers make sense of tricky mealtime behaviour, fussy/picky eating and feeding difficulties.

Parents and caregivers can use SENSE-ATIONAL Mealtimes to help them continually tune into and empathise with their child’s sensory experiences and feelings at mealtimes.Parents and caregivers will discover just right ways to meet their child’s unique sensory preferences for mealtimes and work toward nutritious food for the whole family.

Jasper McFlea Will Not Eat His Tea by Lee Fox

Jasper McFlea will simply not eat his tea, no matter how hard everyone tries to make him!

With a jaunty rhyme and charmingly evocative illustrations, Jasper McFlea addresses with good humour an issue that plagues many families at meal time – the curse of the picky eater.

As well as being a fantastically entertaining read-out-loud story, this book will resonate with a vast audience of children and their carers, and will be useful for anyone who deals with this difficult and sensitive issue.

 Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayers

‘Two little kids and a man, plus many animal observers, head out to their garden and plant some seeds. They water them, and then corn grows up, carrots grow down, and cucumbers climb around and around. Peppers grow up through various vegetables growing on vines, under the soil, or sticking up to be plucked. The underground vegetables are shown (with bugs crawling around and a mole taking a nap in its hole) in cutaway drawings, so children will be able to get an idea just what’s going on there in the garden. The cartoony illustrations are excellent, with all sorts of garden animals running around (and eating the vegetables, despite the scarecrow), and plenty of colour and movement adding to the liveliness of this book. This would be a great addition to a classroom segment on gardening, or for a family to read together before doing planting in their own garden.’

Lulu’s Lunch by Camilla Reid

‘Join Lulu on her exciting edible day as she discovers sticky honey, a banana to peel, a picnic box to unpack and a brilliant finale – a plate full of spaghetti! An action-packed activity book perfect for all toddlers, picky eaters or not. With robust tabs and novelty elements, Lulu’s Lunch is an ideal mealtime accompaniment. May encourage a fussy eater to try a wider variety of foods ‘just as Lulu does’.
Lulu is shown eating a wide variety of delicious foods in this appealing interactive picture book. Young children will enjoy fastening Lulu’s velcro bib, touching the textured fish fingers and the sticky honey on her pudding, lifting the hamper lid to reveal a delicious picnic and peeling a banana. The final page has a flap which can be lifted to show Lulu eating her favourite food: spaghetti bolognese (complete with string spaghetti).’

Spoon Cup, Dinner’s Up by Debbie Foy

‘This fun, photographic board book series supports the ‘self care’ aspect of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance which focuses on fostering a child’s growing independence and ability to do things for themselves. The series also features fun, subject-specific learning elements based around counting, colours, shapes, and basic time concepts.’

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

‘This classic story begins one sunny Sunday, when the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums–and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar’s progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!
One of the best-selling children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been delighting young readers for over thirty years. This classic book will continue to introduce new generations of children to the magical world of Eric Carle.’

Your Body is Awesome by Aigrun Danielsdottir

‘Bodies do all sorts of amazing things, like move around, grow bigger and heal themselves. Bodies also come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and we need to take care of them so that they stay healthy and strong. If we listen to our bodies they tell us exactly what they need.

The colourful illustrations in this unique picture book will encourage children to love their bodies from an early age. By learning about all the wonderful things bodies can do, and how each body is different and unique, children will be inspired to take good care of their bodies throughout their lives. Promoting respect for body diversity among children will also encourage kindness and help prevent bullying.The author, Sigrun Danielsdottir is a psychologist specialising in eating disorders and body image. She currently works for the Icelandic Directorate of Health, and was previously a clinical psychologist. She has also lead and researched body image and eating disorder prevention programmes for adolescent girls in Iceland and conducted studies on weight bias.
This book is ideal for children aged 4 and upwards to read at home or school, either alone or with a parent, family member, teacher or other caring professional.’

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