I often see posts on social media asking for book recommendations suitable for little vegans that take a gentle age-appropriate approach regarding veganism, animal rights and kindness towards all beings and the planet. Below is a selection of my six-year-old’s favourite vegan-related books – I hope you have as much joy reading these with your kids as I do with Ruby. These books aren’t exclusively for vegan children of course, the messages of peace, respect, responsibility and kindness make beautiful gifts and reading for any child.
An incredibly gentle but striking picture book suitable for all ages especially very young children. It shows animals before and after liberation, or how some humans sadly use them and where they should be. Cleverly designed with interactive transparent pages, your little ones can take part in freeing the animals back to where they belong. This is one of our favourite books and it really helps children (and adults) see animals as individuals in their natural habitat and why we should not be using them as objects for our personal gain. There is also a fun app to go with the book – just search Animal Rescue in your app store. You can see Razzle our rescue hen loves this book too!
One of three books we have by Ruby Roth, this is again suitable for really young children. A fun and smart way to learn the alphabet as well as understand how positive, kind and fun taking better care of our planet, our animal friends and our bodies is. “A is for animals – friends, not food. We don’t eat our friends, they’d find it quite rude”. This is a perfect present to teach kindness and respect from day one.
Follow the adventures of Sofiel who has an amazing gift of seeing stories in every object she sees. She can see how a beautiful butterfly started out as a tiny caterpillar – the exciting adventures a bicycle has been on before being left propped up against the wall, and she can even see all the stories from passengers in the back of taxis that drive past. But what happens when she starts to see the stories her food has taken to get to her plate – the animals’ lives before they were turned in to burgers – her favourite food. What can Sofiel do to stop eating such sadness and feel happy again? How can she find better and kinder food to help her grow and spread the message to help other people make kinder choices?
A fabulous book written by a mother and daughter team. Packed with funny cartoons that show how you can cope with questions about being vegan. There are also rhyming stories, offbeat verses and vegan-themed nursery songs, as well as the true story of Deidra the dairy cow that brilliantly explains to kids why we should not be separating mum and baby cows for dairy products. This story actually made my daughter and I cry the first time we read it as it is so beautiful – you have been warned!
Being vegan is not just what you do and don’t eat. This book looks at lots of ways we can all live more kindly and why we should not be hurting animals or our planet. It discusses issues that can be very hard to talk to children about sensitively, such as hunting, animal testing, zoos, the circus, health, pollution and more. This is an especially empowering book, my personal favourite as it teaches kids that they have the right to choose a less damaging way to exist and they can help build a more loving planet for us all. Children will learn the bigger picture reading this book and that can only be a good thing. You can watch Ruby being interviewed about the book on this link https://vimeo.com/69203005
Another beloved classic by Ruby Ruth – this time focusing on the natural behaviours of farmed animals and how they are designed to live and enjoy life if given the freedom to do so. With cool facts and drawings on pigs, cows, fish, quail, turkeys and many more, your kids won’t be seeing these wonderful creatures as food anymore. With a thought-provoking intro too, this book sends a very powerful message about why vegans don’t eat animals.
Sunflower Kid by Stephen Bedwell Jr
This new book is one of our firm favourites already. It is such a delightful read that helps to broaden minds beyond just what we eat. Follow a young boy’s fun adventures when he visits his Auntie and Uncle’s eco home – “Mom says they’re different then she and me. I can’t wait to see my uncle and auntie”. The rhythmic story embraces living in tune with nature – from solar power to yoga, growing food and even using a composting toilet!
Stan the Plant-Eater by Stephen Bedwell Jr
The second rhyming book by Stephen. Stan loves animals and eating plants and he has a very simple and gentle way to share with you why he eats what he eats. He knows what foods will help him grow up strong, healthy and kind. He looks after his animal friends as well as his health in this very sweet book. This is a wonderful pre-school story.
If I’ve missed any great vegan books for kids, please drop me a message so we can grab a copy and let you know what we think. I will keep adding to this post as and when we read new ones so see you back here soon!