There are quite a few children’s books out now that are gaining popularity in the vegan community. I, for one, LOVE that there are so many books based on veganism for little ones. If we want our children to not only follow a healthy plant based diet, but also, feel a connection to the world around them, we need things like this. We need to be able to present the lifestyle to children in a way that they will want to follow it and take it to heart. What better way than books?! What child doesn’t love books, right? These books are great for children six and up, but I definitely recommend them for younger children as well.
My favorite of all of the books I have come across and have had the joy of reading myself, are the books by Ruby Roth. They have absolutely gorgeous illustrations, done by Ruby herself, that would make any artist swoon. They are fun to look at, which is a must for a book for children. They also present a very powerful, and easy to understand message about veganism. I often read them to my toddler, who is a little young to fully understand, but she gets the message through the illustrations. She often talks about the animals and how they are feeling in certain situations, and believe it or not, her “vegan books” are the ONLY books she ever reaches for and asks me to read! (Insert happy heart here!)
Let’s start with Vegan Is Love. This book is wonderful. I can’t say that enough. If you want a book to explain to your child what it really means to be a vegan, and most importantly WHY you choose to be vegan, this is it. From the effect of animal agriculture on animals, to the environment, to the effect on the people around the world… This book has it all. I read this one to Hadley the most often, and I can’t wait until she is a little older so that she can really get what it is saying. But again, the pictures speak a thousand words, and even young kids can pick up on the emotion in the photos.
That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals seems to be the most popular of the three books. After all, it does just that, explains why we don’t eat animals. There are vivid illustrations of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, quail, pigs, cows, and aquatic animals. Each are shown in their natural habitats with their family, showing natural emotions and behavior, versus where they live when they are used for food, and their unnatural, unhappy behavior and emotion. It is a clear difference, and children can see that!
The last book I want to talk about is my personal favorite of the three, V Is for Vegan. Take a book explaining the letters of the alphabet, with witty and cute explanations and illustrations to fit the vegan lifestyle and mash them together, and you get this! It is fun to read, easy to explain, and goes over all of the points you want to cover, from “Where do you get your protein?” to what clothing you wear! It is a great learning book for young children learning their letters, as well as older children that are wondering about their veganism. A powerful message, in a fun and exciting book, full of beautiful illustrations, this book is sure to be a favorite for you AND your little ones!
You can find more information on the author, Ruby, and her books on her website We Don’t Eat Animals. There is also a store where you can buy signed copies of Ruby’s books, art prints, and clothing for your compassionate kids!