With his new series of children’s books, author and musician Larry Yates encourages children to adopt healthy eating habits early on. The first book in the series, The Greedy Mouth and Upset Stomach, uses colorful images and easy-to-read text that shows how every morsel of food impacts the body.

Second in Yates’ series is The Greedy Mouth and Achy Tooth, which focuses on dental hygiene and the benefits of fresh food.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Sentinel, Yates said he wrote the books to combat the growing numbers of childhood obesity and its complications.

“It is such a tragedy to witness so many children suffer from diseases and health issues caused by obesity. I can’t stand by and watch another child die because of poor nutrition,” said Yates, who also heads Mechisedec Publishing Key Note Entertainment. “I urge everyone to get involved and help their child, student or patient make healthy choices so they can live long enough to have a future.”

Final word: A fun look at serious issues.

Available now. For more information, visit thegreedymouth.com.