Explaining to a child that a fruits and vegetables are healthy choices is quite easy.
However, explaining the moral stance of veganism is not so straight forward. It is made even more confusing for little ones when most of their friends eat meat, drink milk and wear leather.
When kids start school, the questions come thick and fast. Kids are naturally curious and want to know “why”?
School also brings with it the challenge of having to deal with teasing, and possibly bullying. You won't be surprised to learn that a lot of the horrible comments actually come through the child from the parents.
With this in mind, it is essential that we help our children understand why veganism is important, and why is the right thing to do – for the planet and the animals. It's important that as soon as they are old enough to understand, we help them understand in a gentle and, if possible, fun way.
Whether you’re a parent who wants to introduce your kids to the veganism, or a teacher who wants to educate children on the importance of showing compassion to all sentient beings, using a vegan kids book is a way to get started.
In the list below, I give you 17 of the best vegan children's books, perfectly designed for little learners.
17 Best Vegan Kids Books
1. That's Why We Don't Eat Animals
Written by Ruby Roth, this is a book that uses vibrant illustration and text to help create awareness of veganism and vegetarianism to kids.
Featuring cows, dolphins, pigs, quail, turkeys and turtles, this book introduces the cast in their natural condition, where they are seen as creatures, who like humans, engage in bonding and loving one another, and then conversely in the dreadful environment of the factory farm.
This book also presents the adverse effects of consuming meat on the environment, and contains a separate segment titled “What Else Can We Do?”, suggesting ways children can learn and discover more about the vegan lifestyle.
it wasWhatWhen itThat’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals is an informative book that will serves as an inspiration to children and help them understand the subject of cognitive dissonance.
2. Steven the Vegan
In this book, main character Steven, together with his classmates, goes on a school trip to a local farm park.
The classmates discover his vegan lifestyle during the trip, and along with the farm animals, Steven teaches them why he doesn’t eat meat.
As Steven explains why animals should be treated as friends, more children become aware of what veganism means.
One problem Steven tackles is the fact that children who don’t eat meat or drink milk often get ridiculed by others. So he provides ideas on how kids can handle such situations.
3. V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind
Another amazing vegan-themed book written by Ruby Roth, V Is For Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind is an introduction to the ABCs of compassionate living.
The concepts of veganism has always been a challenging subject, but this book adds good humor and insight, making it a must-have for parents and teachers.
This book presents fundamental animal rights concepts and the vegan lifestyle in a simple manner, allowing parents and teachers to introduce it to little ones through the use of rhymes and illustrations.
V Is For Vegan is an engaging book that teaches the major vegan food groups and the more general topics of animal and environmental protection.
4. A Promise to Blitz
Often, adults find it hard to explain to children what really goes on at farms; what happens to the animals with the markings on them and tickets clipped to their ears.
Authored by Tumeria Langlois, A Promise To Blitz uses simple and straightforward language to share the writer’s true story of finding a best friend from among the many cows on her cousin’s farm.
There, Tumeria discovers the beauty and horrible realities of farm life. This book is an endearing and visually appealing way to discuss the realities of living on a farm and the relation to the food choices of humans.
5. Why Are You a Vegan? And Other Wacky Verses for Kids
This book is a compilation of funny stories presented in rhymes, talking about the vegan lifestyle and the respect for animals and the environment.
Featuring short poems, picture stories and wacky tongue twisters, it's perfect for bedtime reading.
What makes it more special are the beautiful illustrations drawn by hand, which early learners will enjoy.
6. Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action
Another book written by Ruby Roth, Vegan Is Love presents veganism as a lifestyle both of care and action to young learners.
In this book, the author displays how the choices we make every day affect the animals, the environment and humanity in general, as well as the things we can do to protect them.
It also expands on the countless opportunities we have to choose the right option, such as consuming plant foods as a preference and avoiding animal races and sea parks.
What the book demonstrates is simple: put love and compassion into action.
7. Not A Nugget
Using fun facts and appealing illustrations, Not A Nugget is a charming book that shows kids a different perspective on animals and makes a distinction between food and friends.
Featuring a special foreword by Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, this children’s book is an effective way for parents and teachers to introduce veganism to early readers.
8. We Are What We Eat: Holistic Thinking Kids
There’s no better way to encourage your kids to try real, organic food than this fun book!
We Are What We Eat uses catchy rhymes that feature talking food characters, making learning entertaining for kids.
Teach them the difference between nutritious food and those that harm the body, and to practice being mindful of what they eat through this laughter-inducing book.
9. Always Be Kind
Showing the emotional side of animals, this book expands on the special characteristics of animals and rightfully educates children to see them as sentient beings.
Using humorous rhymes and vibrant illustrations, Always Be Kind teaches children the importance of showing kindness to all creatures. It also explains veganism as one important way to live a compassionate life.
10. Why We Are Vegan
Instead of showing the dark side of eating animal products or animal agriculture in general, Why We Are Vegan is a positive book that shines a light on the common reasons people opt to follow a vegan lifestyle.
With a simple message that is beautifully illustrated, it talks about veganism and the beauty of adopting a lifestyle with compassion. Also noteworthy is that this book allows for parents’ supplementation when necessary.
11. That's Not My Momma's Milk!
A board book designed for children, That’s Not My Momma’s Milk uses repetitive language and charming illustrations to introduce different animals to the youngest of learners.
This book teaches compassion towards all living beings, and it also shows the momma-young bond, helping children understand that a momma’s milk is only for her young ones.
12. Veggie Vero and the Sandwich Imposter: World's First Vegan Superhero
A tale of Veggie Vero, a vegan superhero from KalesVille, this book educates readers about the cruelty humans inflict on animals.
With Veggie Vero trying to save her animal friends when they sense danger, the story empowers children to adopt the compassionate vegan lifestyle, showing light for others to see and follow.
13. Veggie Vero and the Mysterious Soup Festival
A sequel to Veggie Vero and the Sandwich Imposter, this second book tells the adventure of Veggie Vero in trying to stop the frightening Chicken Soup Festival.
With some help, the vegan superhero from KalesVille devises a plan to save his animal friends.
Veggie Vero and the Mysterious Soup Festival empowers young vegans to welcome compassionate living and set an example for others to follow.
14. A Vegan Holiday
For many, holidays are never complete without animal-based foods, but this book shows that just because something is considered tradition or culture it doesn't make it morally correct.
Holidays should be a merry time for both people and animals, and Vegan Holiday educates kids to understand that we can still enjoy holidays without taking lives.
Perfect for young and old readers alike, this entertaining book is the perfect way to address the opposition that culture presents to adopting a vegan lifestyle.
15. We All Love: A Book for Compassionate Little Vegans & Vegetarians
Another book that inspires compassionate living is We All Love. Through this book, children can explore the early stages of compassion and empathy, learning to recognize things all living beings share in common.
Developing empathy and compassion for other sentient beings, both human and non-human, is a vital step in a child's education. We All Love does this brilliantly through the teachings of veganism.
16. Libby Finds Vegan Sanctuary
Based on a real-life story of a turkey named Libby, Libby Finds Vegan Sanctuary is a board book for young vegan readers.
Using colorful illustrations, this book tells the simple yet inspiring tale of a turkey finding safety through the compassion of others.
Libby Finds Vegan Sanctuary helps little ones understand the significance of making choices that prevent harm to other lives.
17. No Green Eggs Or Ham: A Vegan Parody
An entertaining parody of Dr. Seuss, No Green Eggs Or Ham is a story about Valen the Vegan Dinosaur, who is continuously being tempted to eat eggs or ham by his friend Pam-I-Am.
Despite Pam-I-am’s convincing, Valen stands by his beliefs and explains the reason behind his choices.
Using charming illustrations and fun rhymes, No Green Eggs Or Ham introduces a caring lifestyle to children.
Are there any other good vegan kids books missing from my list? Let me know in the comments section.