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Eat Up

An Infographic Exploration of Food

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RI.5.1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10

Reading Level: Lexile IG1040L
Hardcover : 9781554518845, 72 pages, April 2017 , 11.0" x 8.5"
Paperback : 9781554518838, 72 pages, April 2017 , 11.0" x 8.5"
Rights sold: Turkish

Table of contents

Introducing Your Amazing . . . Food!
Chapter 1: The Two-Million-Year Meal
On the Hunt for Food
Now We’re Growing!
Boom Time
Food Goes Global
Chapter 2: Farm to Table
Farm Out!
Meet Your Meat
I Sea Food!
FrankenFood or SuperSolution?
Transforming Our Food
Chapter 3: The Business of Food
Let’s Go Shopping
Market Matters
Sales Games
Speeding Up
Chapter 4: Food in Our Bodies
Body Builders
Power Foods
Most Wanted: Nutrition Culprits
Tasty Tidbits
Chapter 5: Food and the Environment
Power Hungry
Food and Water
The Dirt on Land
Chapter 6: Food Around the World
Let’s Trade
Global Gastronomy
Extreme Food
Feeding the World
Chapter 7: Food in Your Life
The Family Meal, or Not?
Getting to You
Learning Your Food ABCs
Selected Sources
Further Reading
Image Credits
About the Authors and Illustrator


Filled with fascinating facts delivered visually, this infographic book explores the topic of food from every aspect. Written for middle-grade readers, Eat Up! is a colorful infographic look at the many surprising and fascinating facts about food.

Information is presented in easy-to-understand graphics and clear explanations. Each spread explores a different aspect of the topic. Readers will find answers to a wide range of questions, including: Who grows our food? Where does our meat and fish come from? How does it get to us? What’s the difference between a hybrid and a genetically-modified crop? How do companies advertize to children? Who are the “Big 10” food companies? How much farmland is there across the world?

Weightier topics (for example, farming and pollution, or child labor in agriculture), are balanced out by fun facts, such as “extreme foods” and how our sense of taste works (and sometimes deceives us). Other topics include how food production has an impact on the local and global economy, access to food and food insecurity around the world, and conventional vs. organic farming.

Vibrant, dynamic illustrations, diagrams and photos and small chunks of text make this book ideal for reluctant or struggling readers.


  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017
  • Nominated, Silver Birch Award nomination, Ontario Library Association 2017
  • Commended, Green Book Festival Award 2017
  • Nominated, Red Cedar Book Award nomination 2018


“Inviting illustrations and an empowering amount of food-related data make this selection a fine choice for environmentally conscious tweens.”

- School Library Journal, 05/17

“Offers a wealth of thought-provoking information.” 

- Quill & Quire, 04/17

“Food is not just elemental; it is remarkable, and this effort does it justice.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 02/15/17

“While fun and engaging, this vibrant infographic doesn’t shy away from difficult issues.”

- Green Teacher, Spring/19

“EAT UP! is a book that can plant new ideas and understanding in the minds of readers, sprout meaningful discussions at school and at home, branch into many curricular areas and current events and provide a deeply-rooted foundation upon which future inquiry can be based.”

- Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)