The content of this book is wonderful! This is one book that all parents of young children should read to their children, with the perfect take-home message for both. It’s the best of both worlds – an entertaining book for children that successfully introduces them to healthy eating and an informed guide for parents that points out the challenges that food issues can create. The book walks parents through solutions that are easy to apply and will get them securely on the right track. A great resource for health-minded parents and educators.”

Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, MHS, RD, LD
Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and Pediatric Dietitian, Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO


“Concerns about appetites and healthy eating are some of the top parental concerns in my pediatric practice, and for me as a parent. Dr. Annye Rothenberg has come to the rescue! Her newest book provides a story for young children that engages their imagination and teaches about nutrition – at just the right level. The section for parents about healthy eating is clear, concise, and full of practical ideas to start using right away. I’m very eager to recommend this book to my patients.”

Kelly Troiano, MD
Chief of Pediatrics, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA; and mother of two (ages 4 and 6)


This is a book that parents will find invaluable in dealing with a common parenting struggle – encouraging healthy eating habits. By giving parents practical nutritional advice (and educating young children about the difference between treats and healthy foods), Dr. Rothenberg provides the tools to foster healthy relationships with food. Being the mother of a picky eater, I have already put her tips to practical use, and they work! I will definitely recommend this book to all my patients struggling to provide their children with a balanced diet.”

Suzanne M. Einsiedl, RN, MSN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and mother of three (ages 6, 8 and 10)


“Dr. Rothenberg’s easy-to-read book on healthy eating for young children provides the framework for lifelong healthy eating habits. The parents’ guidance section makes this a book for the entire family. It offers great nutritional, behavioral, and social reminders that make this book a must-read.”

Lisa and Rick Deming
parents of a 6-year-old girl

I love the concept of this book – a wonderful, engaging story for kids, as well as a thoroughly researched manual for parents about teaching children healthy eating habits. It isn’t just a book filled with statistics; it has charming, colorful illustrations and lots of useful strategies for parents. Dr. Rothenberg has clearly done her homework, and I will be confident in recommending this book to our many patrons who are clamoring for information on this very subject.”

Jill Ehrhorn
Senior Librarian, Palo Alto (CA) Children’s Library


Please, give me some advice that will work! This is a common plea from parents struggling with heated issues around eating. They’ll be relieved to read this outstanding book with its developmentally appropriate advice. And the engaging story for young children effectively teaches the key messages about healthy eating. Our school has glowing praise for Dr. Rothenberg’s real and workable techniques for concerned families.”

Susan Kelly
Director, St. Paul’s Nursery School, Burlingame, CA


“I love the unique combination of a story for children combined with a guide for parents in Dr. Rothenberg’s newest book, I Like To Eat Treats. It encourages collaboration between the young child and parent in the quest for improving children’s eating habits and gives parents the credible, accurate nutrition information needed to answer their children’s questions. This is a great way to teach young children about healthier eating.”

Judith Levine, MS, RD
Nutritionist and author of Helping Your Child Lose Weight the Healthy Way


“Dr. Rothenberg’s latest book puts nutrition in language young children can easily understand, helping them develop good eating habits at an early age. The book also provides guidance and solutions to many issues that parents run into while trying to form healthy family eating habits. I highly recommend this book to parents with young children.”

Thomas Kwan
parent of a 6-year-old boy


“Dr. Rothenberg has created yet another wonderfully helpful story for parents, teachers, and grandparents alike! For those of us who want to encourage healthy eating habits while explaining the facts about good nutrition in a kid-friendly way, this book is invaluable. Thank you, Annye, for helping parents and teachers with this important task!”

Linda Westcott
Co-Director, University Heights Montessori Schoold, Menlo Park and grandmother of 10


Annye Rothenberg’s book is an essential and wonderful guide to get us, the grownups, on track in realizing it is our responsibility to teach our children all the essentials of eating well.”

Jesse Ziff Cool
founder of several healthful eating establishments on the San Francisco Peninsula, including the Cool Café at Stanford University, and author of several books, including Simply Organic


“Dr. Rothenberg has done it again, this time applying her practical advice and humor to the topic of childhood nutrition. The engaging children’s story has made an important impact on our children’s understanding of what healthy foods are. And the golden nuggets in the parents’ section have helped us navigate the difficult, and often emotional, journey of really teaching healthy eating habits, polite table manners, and lifelong exercise routines. Using these techniques has brought joy back into our family mealtimes and our parenting.”

Ramón and Cynthia Olavarría
parents of four children (ages 6, 4 1/2, 2 1/2 and 10 months)

Annye Rothenberg is a master at equipping parents with a pathway to making healthy eating a fun, whole-family experience.”

Jamie Holden
Director, Trinity Presbyterian Nursery School, and Parent Educator, San Carlos, CA


“As a father of four and a dentist for nearly 30 years, I've experienced the whole range of complications associated with young children and their eating habits. A new book, I Like to Eat Treats, will be very valuable for children and parents. Youngsters will become even more interested in eating healthy foods when they hear the story about the little boy who used to want lots of treats. In addition, the information and suggestions in the section for parents can easily be applied. Because of the quality of the nutritional information and the behavioral guidance, as well as this book's value for dental health, I recommend this book to all parents.”

Donald J. Curia, DDS
San Carlos, CA


At last, a concise, authoritative guide to help parents and children navigate a healthy path through the confusing world of nutrition. This third book in her series fills an important need by providing parents with principles, facts, practical examples, and parenting guidelines to address the challenging issues of healthy eating and healthy weight. It is uniquely helpful because Dr. Rothenberg teaches parents age-appropriate expectations and links those with the tools to use when coping with the many common food issues such as introducing new foods, mealtime rules, and dealing with cupboard- raiding. And the brightly illustrated children’s story provides parents with a winning strategy that will engage their young children as active participants in healthy decision-making.”

Mary Ann Carmack, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Palo Alto (CA) Medical Foundation

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