Maybe you’re interested in helping your family become healthier by “going vegan” (or vegetarian) or maybe your kids are already living a vegetarian lifestyle and are starting to wonder why they have such different eating habits than their peers. Whether or not your kids are familiar with eating healthfully and vegan or are just being introduced to vegetarianism, these 4 books are a fantastic way to get them excited about eating their veggies!
1) V is for Vegan
ABC book to introduce children to veganism
This is an alphabet book in the classic style “A is for…” that discusses veganism, appreciation of nature, conservation, animal rights, and food choices. It’s a fun rhyming book with some silly pages, but it also covers some serious topics that are bound to inspire conversations with your curious kids. There are some pages, that when read, may require some deeper conversation because of the ideas that they provoke.
The illustrations are cute, bright, and sometimes silly.
2) How to Eat a Rainbow: Magical Raw Vegan Recipes for Kids
Cookbook of recipes for drinks, snacks, and treats
This magical-themed cookbook for kids is chock-full of 22 recipes that kids will love to help make and love to eat as well! It has a whimsical theme that is bound to engage the youngest readers–fairies “dance” through the book and give tips to help with the recipes. The recipes in this book are meant to be eaten alongside a “well-balanced” diet–and are often the hardest foods to make vegan for kids; drinks, snacks, and treats.
Complete with colorful illustrations and engaging tips on how to eat healthfully–by filling your plate with an array of colors, this one belongs in any family’s vegan kitchen.
3) My Mom Eats Tofu
Story of a mother and daughter and their relationship with food
A fabulous little book about a daughter who is afraid her friends won’t like her mother’s exotic vegetarian cooking. The daughter has a very common human fear that most kids will relate to: that others won’t like her because she is different. The story introduces readers to some healthful and mindful concepts such as eating organic foods and working in the garden, planting and composting, as well as addressing the mother’s unique vegetarian recipes.
These concepts are great conversation starters about healthy and vegetarian lifestyles with kids! In the end of the book the daughter realizes that showing others the interesting and different ways of eating can be a fun and exhilarating experience. Great book about the connection between food and family!
4) Benji Bean Sprout Doesn’t Eat Meat
Benji is different than all his friends for one reason: he doesn’t eat animals
A heartwarming and thoughtful book about a boy who is picked on at school for being different. He isn’t like his classmates who eat burgers and fries–he is a vegetarian. This book will be easy for any child to relate to as it addresses very common school room issues, as well as showing that there is a reason behind eating vegetarian.
Benji is feeling upset that he is being bullied about being different so he asks his parents for a burger. Instead of condemning him, they bring him to an animal sanctuary where Benji learns about the importance of animals. Benji then realizes how important it truly is to be a vegetarian. This book has two great messages–both about dealing with bullies and how important all animals are to our world!
These 4 books are excellent resources to help kids understand and discuss issues surrounding veganism and vegetarianism. Whether your children are toddlers or school-aged, books are great ways to get them talking and promote harmonious family relationships. So, Bon Appetit and happy reading!
Antonia is a science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition. She has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well. Read more by Antonia here, and SUBSCRIBE!
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