When I was young two things my parents tried to get me to do every day were read and eat more fruits and vegetables. Explaining to children that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you is the easy part. Making sure they actually do it is isn’t always so easy. And getting them to read, especially in an age where there is so much technology can also be hard which is why we have to make it fun.
Then we come to veganism. Explaining the morals and reasons behind being vegan to a child can be difficult, particularly when many of their friends will be drinking milk, eating meat and wearing leather shoes. It’s important then to help our children understand the values of veganism and why plant-based living is important. As soon as our kids are old enough to understand, we should aim to educate them in a gentle but fun way.
So, if you are a parent who wants to teach your kids the importance of showing compassion to all sentient beings, using vegan kid’s books is a great way to start. So, let’s jump in, we have chosen what we believe are 10 great vegan books for kids. They are in no particular order but amongst them we are sure you will find great books that explain veganism to children in a way that’s both understandable and age appropriate.
Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action
Vegan is love is written by Ruby Roth, who has authored various books for kids about veganism. Her books are great, written sensitively and introduce children to veganism as a compassionate and sustainable way of life. Vegan is love is no different and shows how the choices we make every day affect the animals, the environment and humanity and what we can do to help protect them.
The book gives loads of great examples of ways to contribute. It talks of course about consuming plant based foods but also touches on topics such as avoiding zoos and circuses to refusing to use products tested on animals. It touches on all aspects of veganism and is beautifully illustrated book.
We Are What We Eat: Holistic Thinking Kids
Well I started off saying that my parents (like most), wanted to get me to eat more fruit and vegetables as a child and that is the focus of We Are What We Eat. It is beautifully and cleverly illustrated book that uses catchy rhymes sung by talking food characters to help children understand that fruit and vegetables are super healthy.
It is a great book to help you teach your kids about nutritious vegan food and how to be mindful about what they eat. Mum my said it, I expect your mum said it and now it’s your turn to tell your kids, You Are What You Eat!
Why we are vegan?
A wonderful little book for younger vegans, it deliberately avoids any of the negative aspects of animal agriculture that can often be upsetting. It focuses instead on the common and very positive reasons that people are vegan. A beautifully illustrated book with a very simple message that’s allows parents to expand on topics if they wish. A really lovely starter book for vegan kids and a great introduction to why we follow a plant-based lifestyle.
That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals
Another book by Ruby Roth who as we said early writes creatively, sensitively and introduces children to veganism as a compassionate and sustainable way of life. That’s why we don’t eat animals is wonderfully illustrated and very well thought out. Written for children primarily between about 6-10 years its shows animals in both their wild, free and natural state playing and bonding. It then shows the alternative conditions of the factory farm.
The book also explains about the effects that eating meat has on the environment. Ruby Roth really has done a super job of highlighting the important issues in a way children can understand.
Why are you a vegan? and other wacky verse for kids
This book is actually a brilliant a compilation of funny rhyming stories from Violet’s Vegan Comics each one addressing a vegan lifestyle and respect for animals and the environment. It’s great for little ones and perfect for bedtime reading with short poems, picture stories and funny tongue twisters. What also makes it stand out are the beautiful hand drawn illustrations which young kids will love.
Always Be Kind
Well that’s a motto we should all try and live by and a message that is shared brilliantly in Beth Arnolds book. Always Be Kind shows the emotional side of animals and explains that they all have their own traits and characteristics. With funny rhymes and colourful illustrations, it shows children the importance of being kind to all creatures. It explains how veganism and living a compassionate life go hand in hand.
Veggie Vero and the Sandwich Imposter: World’s First Vegan Superhero
This is the story of Veggie Vero who is a vegan superhero. She knows when her animal friends sense danger and her mission is to fly into action and save the day. Veggie Vero is from KalesVille and she saves the animals by teaching others all about a cruelty-free lifestyle. Being a super hero means that Veggie Vero empowers readers to adopt a vegan lifestyle and lead the way for others to follow.
Veggie Vero is a great role model for young kids and this is a fun book by Veronica Green. But if you want to find out who the sandwich imposter is and what they want you will just have to read it!
We All Love: A Book for Compassionate Little Vegans & Vegetarians
We all love is a super little book for young vegan kids that aims to inspire compassionate living. By exploring many of similarities and traits that we share with animal’s kids are given a great introduction to compassion and empathy. We are all aware of the importance of teaching our children compassion for sentient beings, both human and non-human, and We All Love does this brilliantly.
Steven The Vegan
The story of Steven who goes on a school trip with the rest of his classmates to a farm sanctuary. On the trip the rest of his class find out that Steven is vegan. Steven then along with the animals on the farm explain to the class why animals are his friends and not his food. We see the rest of the class start to understand what veganism means and why we should respect other sentient beings.
Steven also tackles the sometimes very difficult issue faced by vegan children of ridicule and harassment by other children. He explains different ways of how to deal with the situation, and examples of how to show why animals are friends, not food.
V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind
And we are going to finish with another Ruby Roth book. This time V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind. As usual, she her brings her sensitivity, insight and humour to the difficult and often challenging subject that is teaching the basics of animal rights and veganism to children. By using wonderful illustrations and combining them with memorable rhymes we are introduced to the major vegan food groups of grains, beans, seeds, nuts, veggies and fruits.
We also learn about the more general topics of animal and environmental protection. This really is a brilliant vegan book for kids. It will give children the confidence to talk to their peers and is a great tool for adults wanting to explain veganism to kids.
Great vegan books for kids
I really hope this list has given you a few ideas of vegan books for kids. Raising kids can be hard and we all want out children to have as much compassion and empathy as possible. This isn’t always easy particularly when surrounded by the message that animal exploitation is quite normal. Vegan kids’ books are a brilliantly powerful way of helping get the message across.
Have you read any of these books to your kids? What responses did you get and do you have any vegan’s kids’ books that you would recommend? Do let us know in the comments below.