Kerry Elam on how to make healthy eating fun!

If It Does Not Grow, Say No: Eatable Activities for Kids received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Kerry Elam.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

If It Does Not Grow, Say No: Eatable Activities for Kids, published July 2016.

What’s the book’s first line?

“Kids and foods tend to mix like oil and water, but what happens when you add fun and adventure?”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

How many times have you seen a kid fuss and complain about having to eat their vegetables?  And when they want a snack, do they reach for the cookie jar or the fruit bowl?  If It Does Not Grow, Say No is an activity book that helps kids turn healthy foods into a welcome friend and willing choice in their everyday eating habits.  Healthy eating is not just about what we eat, but how and why we eat it, and this book makes the learning fun!  Activities in the book include drawing, writing, cooking, and other puzzles that help kids learn about and enjoy healthy eating.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

When my son was younger, he seldom ate vegetables without a fight.  It felt as though he and I were in constant battle about his eating, and we were both so frustrated.  One night, as once again I was trying to get him to eat his asparagus, and once again he was crying and gagging, I realized I had to change my strategy.  It was time for me to truly be the parent, but not in the way I had been going about it. I knew I needed a way to make healthy eating fun, and something that was my son’s choice, not my command.  I created If It Does Not Grow, Say No as a tool for us to change the fights about food into curiosity and laughter … and it worked!

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

Use this activity book to help teach kids (and grown-ups!) to slow down for mealtimes, how to enjoy and pay more attention to fruits and veggies, and to make conscious choices for their health. These are lessons that naturally spread into other areas of their lives, making them stronger, healthier, happier kids.


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