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									                   Children’s Books Make Lunch and Learning FUN!
Looking for a fun cafeteria promotion that everyone (students, school staff and parents) gets
excited about? A promotion tied to healthy eating messages found in children’s books about
nutritious foods (listed below) is a great place to start.*

Each month, elementary school cafeterias serve menu items featuring the foods found in the
stories. The cafeteria is decorated with artwork featuring foods or characters from the books.
The artwork can be created by the students in conjunction with classroom teachers, the art
teacher or by the cafeteria staff. Cafeteria staff is encouraged to have fun with the promotion by
dressing up or posting food facts/questions about the featured story on the serving line where
students waiting in line can read them. Ask the principal or school secretary to share information
about the promotion over the public address system during morning announcements. Ask
community volunteers to come into the cafeteria once a month to read the book out loud. Ask
the librarian to read the book at the beginning of each month during library time.

Get the teachers involved by creating contests among the classes. Awards might be given for the
class demonstrating the best behavior in the cafeteria, the class which ate the most fruits and
vegetables, the class which read the most books or walked the most miles. The winning class
could earn a tasting party or the chance to plan the lunch menu for one day.

Keep parents in the loop by sending home a monthly menu with a simple description of the
featured book of the month noting which corresponding food items will be served. Or, include a
short paragraph about the promotion in an existing parent newsletter.

Work with your school’s librarian and classroom teachers to identify other nutrition or health-
related books. The list provided features books about fruits and vegetables. Don’t stop there.
Other ideas include Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by
Judi Barrett. Decorate the cafeteria with huge meatballs hanging from the ceiling and have the
cafeteria staff wear raincoats. Use your imagination, or ask the students for ideas. The sky is the
limit!

    September        Watermelons        Icy Watermelon by Mary Sue Galindo
    October          Zucchini           I Heard it from Alice Zucchini by Juanita Havill
    November         Grapes             First Day in Grapes by L. King Pérez
    December         Oranges            The Three Golden Oranges by Alma Flor Ada
    January          Apples             An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennette Tilley Turner
    February         Raspberries        Stella and the Berry Thief by Jane B. Mason
    March            Green Peas         The Pea Blossom by Amy Lowry Poole
    April            Cauliflower        The Trouble with Cauliflower by Jane Sutton
    May              Strawberries       The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac

*This information is generously shared by Serena Suthers, RD, Director of Nutrition Services for Prince William
County Public Schools in Virginia and the School Nutrition Association http://www.schoolnutrition.org/.




               Developed by Montana Team Nutrition, http://www.opi.mt.gov/schoolfood/index.html, Fall 2008

								
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