We Eat Food That's Fresh

Author: Angela Russ-Ayon

Illustrator: Cathy June


Multicultural Picture Book

A whimsical chef introduces a diverse group of young children to fun food experiences that stir up their interest in fruits and vegetables. Join them as they pick from the garden, prepare in the kitchen, relax by the shore, and discover all of the different ways to eat healthy food. The chef wants the children to try something new, and they just might, before he’s through.


Getting children to taste new fruits and vegetables is an age-old problem. The point of this book is that if children don't like raw vegetables, they may like them steamed, blended, boiled, grilled, dipped, chilled, or stir-fried. They are encouraged to try vegetables in different ways, and in doing so, might discover they like them. The texture and flavor of food changes based on the way it is prepared: raw versus cooked carrots, apple sauce versus sliced apples, soft celery in soup versus crunchy celery sticks, crisp versus soft-cooked zucchini, grilled onions versus raw, whole fruit versus blended, and so forth. Taste buds are always changing and wouldn't it be terrific if we could convince children to try something new every once in a while; taste the same food cooked a different way, or try a food several times?

AbridgeClub.com - Angela Russ-Ayon - Ear

"A simply edible book that is rich in colorful fruits and vegetables. Inspires all ages to have a taste of something new!"

~ Produce for Better Health Foundation


This book is included in the LAUSD Farm to Preschool curriculum!

Easy rhymes and repetitive verses are combined with 32-pages of deliciously colorful pastel illustrations.

Includes a companion song, spoken word, and instrumental version on CD when ordered directly from the publisher, or optional .99 cent song download.


With each page turn, the chef exposes children to new and wonderfully colorful fruits and vegetables. The phrase, "You might just want to try something NEW!" is a repetitive theme throughout, that children want to emulate. Step into the kitchen and introduce children to the tools seen in the book: thermometer, knife, juicer, spoons, ladle, peeler, whisk, spatula, and skewer.  See the STEM extensions link below.




  • Presentation of over (60) fruits and vegetables

  • Introduction to the various ways fruits and vegetables can be prepared and eaten

  • Encourages children to taste new foods

  • Includes the option of a companion song on CD or download. Price varies.

  • A multicultural book with the representation of diverse ethnic groups

Illustrator - Cathy June lives in Vancouver with her husband, Mike, enjoying her grandchildren who provide endless inspiration for children’s books.

Have fun finding all of the fruits and veggies that appear in the book. See our list below.

Ideas for simple STEM connections and extensions in the kitchen and garden.

Related terms & phrases: 


Child nutrition, CACFP, National CACFP, eating healthy food, tasting new foods, eating fruits and vegetables, preparing foods in different ways,  STEM connections, making healthy choices, nutrition month (March)​, nutritious food, balanced diet, variety of foods, healthy eating, food pyramid, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Health and Human Services.

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$12.99 Paperback

with music CD

(Book/CD combo not available from Amazon)

WEFF-E  Paperback

8.5" x 8.5" edition

ISBN-13: 978-0998709000 (KDP)

ISBN: 978-0-9799612-1-2 (Ingram)


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$17.99 Hardbacks

ISBN: 978-1-934214-06-0

(Contact us directly -

Available in VERY limited quantities)

Print our shopping list children  paste on, stick on, scribble on, or write on.

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Print our shopping list filled with colorful images of fruits and veggies that little ones can circle.

Format: Picture book

downloadable song purchase

Bulk Orders: This title is available in bulk for early childhood and nutrition programs, conferences, non-profit initiatives, licensing, or grants that promote healthy eating, fruits and vegetables, gardening, farm to table, STEM initiatives, and anti-obesity. Contact the publisher (AbridgeClub.com | Russ InVision Co.) directly for quotes, orders, and discounted pricing.


Contact the publisher (AbridgeClub.com | Russ InVision Co.) directly for quotes, orders, and pricing.

Also available in a

Spanish/English edition.

We Eat Food That's Fresh - Spanish Fruit