8 GREAT BOOKS FOR VEGAN KIDS

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Vegan kids especially need books that affirm their values and allow them to explore issues around human-animal relations. Books are as well one way adults can support the vegan children in their lives while creating opportunities to spend time together. Here are a few titles to get you started.

1. Steven the Vegan

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Steven and his classmates go on a field trip to a local farm sanctuary. While there Steven’s classmates learn that he is a vegan. Steven, along with many of the farm animals, teach his friends why for him, animals are his friends, not his food. Each day more children are being introduced to the concept of the vegan lifestyle.

The idea of not eating meat, or drinking milk may open a child up to ridicule and harassment. Steven the Vegan gives these children ideas on how to deal with the situation, and how to explain why animals are friends, not food.

2. V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind

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Introducing three- to seven-year-olds to the “ABCs” of a compassionate lifestyle, V Is for Vegan is a must-have for vegan and vegetarian parents, teachers, and activists!

Acclaimed author and artist Ruby Roth brings her characteristic insight and good humor to a controversial and challenging subject, presenting the basics of animal rights and the vegan diet in an easy-to-understand, teachable format.

3. That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things

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That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals uses colorful artwork and lively text to introduce vegetarianism and veganism to early readers (ages six to ten). Written and illustrated by Ruby Roth, the book features an endearing animal cast of pigs, turkeys, cows, quail, turtles, and dolphins. These creatures are shown in both their natural state—rooting around, bonding, nuzzling, cuddling, grooming one another, and charming each other with their family instincts and rituals—and in the terrible conditions of the factory farm.

The book also describes the negative effects eating meat has on the environment. A separate section entitled “What Else Can We Do?” suggests ways children can learn more about the vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, such as:“Celebrate Thanksgiving with a vegan feast” or “Buy clothes, shoes, belts, and bags that are not made from leather or other animal skins or fur.” This compassionate, informative book offers both an entertaining read and a resource to inspire parents and children to talk about a timely, increasingly important subject.

 

 

4. We’re Vegan!

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Petra and John are vegans. But what does that really mean? And why are so many people going vegan? And what DO vegans eat?

This book makes it all clear. The vivid drawings and rhyming verses will delight children aged three to eight, and explain the vegan philosophy clearly to both vegans and non-vegans of all ages. This book addresses THE social justice issue of the century: how humans treat the non-human animals that they share the planet with.

5. Lena of Vegitopia and the Mystery of the Missing Animals: A Vegan Fairy Tale

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Lena of Vegitopia and the Mystery of the Missing Animals is a vegan-themed fairy tale about how one brave little girl stands up for the animal friends of her land and helps rescue them from being eaten.

The book promotes messages of kindness, compassion, and action and shows that magical things can happen when you harness the power of veggies.

 

6. Always Be Kind

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Teach children about a vegan lifestyle with this gentle book that shows animals are sentient beings and each have unique traits that make them special. Through fun rhymes and bright illustrations, children learn the importance of being kind to all creatures. Compassionate living and veganism go hand-in-hand. Always choose love. Always be kind.

 

7. How to Eat a Rainbow: Magical Raw Vegan Recipes for Kids

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How to Eat a Rainbow: Magical Raw Vegan Recipes for Kids! is a magical themed healthy children’s recipe book that targets the most difficult dietary areas: treats, snacks, and drinks. Eaten alongside a balanced whole foods diet, these 22 recipes can add an extra boost of energy and get kids excited about healthy eating!

How to Eat a Rainbow teaches children how to fill their plates with fruits and vegetables in all the colors of the rainbow, and the importance of eating a variety of colors every day. Each recipe is a world children can dive into while they unpack the ingredients and make their own work of art. These fairies are hard at work (though some are a bit lazy) and are part of the team, chopping down towering stalks of celery, plucking grapes, and enchanting the seeds!

 

8. Dave Loves Chickens

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Dave Loves Chickens is the first in a series of books for young children examining the unique characteristics of animals and questioning why people eat them.

The main character of the book, Dave, is a quirky monster from another planet who knows all sorts of fun and interesting facts about animals. Dave simply loves animals on Earth and encourages others to appreciate them and not eat them!

This fun, lighthearted book, full of bold colors and friendly illustrations, is ideal for parents who would like to introduce their children to a more compassionate way of treating animals.

 

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