Help Picky Eaters Dig Out of their Comfort Zone



If your child has never pushed their places away in anger, spit peas out of their mouth, or threw an all-out temper tantrum because they weren’t allowed to have cookies for dinner, consider yourself the lucky ones. Mealtime is often a battle between toddlers and parents because their children don’t want to try — or claim they don’t like — what you cooked for them.

But as Dr. Seuss taught us at a young age, our willingness to try something new is the only thing holding us back from our new favorite things. It’s time to change the picky eaters menu from Green Eggs and Ham to Ants and Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches.

I Don't Like to Eat Ants

The new book, I Don’t Like to Eat Ants (Picklefish Press, August 1, 2019) tells the story of Anteater One and Anteater Two’s debate over their current diet of ants. Anteater One doesn’t like to eat ants and wants Anteater Two to try new foods, while Anteater Two believes it’s their nature to only eat ants and nothing else. The colorful and imaginative illustrations created by Sabine Mielke will attract young readers to follow along on Anteater One and Anteater Two’s adventure to the Peanut Butter and Jelly Deli, where they discover that it’s important to try new things, because you’ll never know if you like something unless you’re willing to give it a chance.

I Don’t Like to Eat Ants is meant to be read again and again, and enjoyed by parents and children alike,” says Jeffrey Belle. “It’s charm and silliness attract the early readers, but the moral is one parents know all too well and will appreciate.”

While I Don’t Like to Eat Ants teaches toddlers and young children to brance out from the familiar, the heart of JTK Belle’s ambition starts with family. Just like the anteater’s loyal parade, JTK Belle consists of dad Jeffrey Belle and his two children, Tommy and Katie. With Picklefish Press, Jeffrey Belle launched a way to spread the joy his family has through their storytelling and share with parents the benefits reading has for children before bedtime.

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About the Authors & Illustrator

JEFFREY, TOMMY, AND KATIE BELLE founded Picklefish Press in 2017. Their previous works include Freeda the Cheetah, Katherine’s Bike was Wonderfully Strange, and Tommy O’Tom in a Tub O’Trouble. Katie and Tommy both are passionate about non-profit work, as Katie raises funds for pediatric cancer research, and Tommy focuses his philanthropic efforts toward wildlife conservation. Jeff currently works for Amazon Publishing. The family resides in Seattle. Connect with JTK Belle on their website and Facebook page.

SABINE MIELKE started her career as a master advertising technician. She then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin and worked as a graphic designer for almost 20 years, before deciding to pursue her life-long dream as a full-time illustrator. Sabine lives with her three dogs in Berlin, Germany.

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