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2020 Vegan Reads: 9 Must-Have Titles For Readers Young And Old

by | January 20, 2020

Whether you’ve set a resolution to read more or are just looking to spend more time learning, connecting or unplugged, there’s never a bad time to expand your bookshelf — and the beginning of a brand new year is no exception. 

Popping open a book is not only a great way to pass the time but can offer you opportunities to learn, grow and even connect with your family, whether that be through a beautiful recipe or quality time spent stuck in a book together.

So, without further ado, here are nine titles we love for a happy, healthy, nurtures year ahead. 

vegan book sprig the rescue pig

Sprig the Rescue Pig by Leslie Crawford

A title sure to delight bigs and littles alike, Sprig the Rescue Pig is all about helping readers connect with their compassionate side. 

Following in the path of such iconic pig tales as Babe and Charlotte’s Web, this children’s book was made to showcase the charm, intellect and personality of pigs, framing Sprig as an individual — not a breakfast food. Through the story of his rescue, and the people who come to love him, author Leslie Crawford and illustrator Sonja Stangl have crafted something as unique and valuable as it is beautiful to look at.

You can find your copy of this delightful title here.

glen john jones with Think and Grow Vegan

Think and Grow Vegan by Glen John Jones

The perfect addition for any new vegan’s bookshelf, Think and Grow Vegan by Glen John Jones was written to streamline and simplify the transition to a plant-based lifestyle.

Taking a personal approach, personal trainer Jones shares how he himself came to find and love vegan living, one step at a time. Packed with valuable info on eating plant-based and up-to-date research the vegan curious are sure to love, this is a book designed to leave its reader not only feeling great inside and out, but well equipped to move forward with their new lifestyle.

You can grab your copy (or perhaps one from someone you love) here.

Living Crazy Healthy

Living Crazy Healthy: Plant-Based Recipes from the Neurotic Mommy by Jennifer Rossano

A collection made with families in mind, Living Crazy Healthy: Plant-Based Recipes from the Neurotic Mommy, is a must have for your 2020 culinary toolkit, whether you’re trying to stick to any dietary resolutions or not.

Rest assured that, while the recipes are designed to be rich in healthy, vibrant ingredients, your kids (or any bigger babies you happen to have in your life) will not be any the wiser. Boasting recipes ranging from a Stuffed Tortilla Cheesecake French Toast to a One Skillet Vegan Helper, this book is designed to please health nuts and junk-foodies, and vegans and meat eaters, alike. Who can say no to that kind of appeal?

You can grab your copy of this delightful, eye-catching, culinary masterpiece here.

Jamie Heraver and An Elephant's Story

An Elephant’s Story by Jamie Heraver

An Elephants Story is a must read for any animal-loving kid and, with all of the proceeds going directly to charity, is a purchase parents can feel good about.

Through rhyme and beautiful illustration, Jamie Renee Heraver has created a masterpiece born from the love of animals and made to enhance it. As readers follow along with the inspired story of one elephant’s escape from the tourism industry and move to a sanctuary, love, happiness and compassion come to light. Whether you’re looking to help your little connect with their softer side, or simply to see them learn and grow, this is the title for you.

You can get your copy of An Elephant’s Story here.

Plant Food Book

Plant Food by Matthew Kenney, Meredith Baird and Scott Winegard

Plant Food by Matthew Kenney, Meredith Baird and Scott Winegard is a longstanding hit in the vegan culinary sphere — and with good reason.

This gorgeous collection of recipes from the three well-known food-biz pros will be one you find yourself coming back to time and time again. Designed to teach its reader a wide array of culinary methods that can also be applied to further kitchen exploration, this title will leave you feeling like a cookery pro in no time. Plant Food is just what you need to wow at any dinner party or family gathering. What better way to the heart than through the stomach?

You can order a copy of this culinary must-have here.

gwen the rescue hen book

Gwen the Rescue Hen by Leslie Crawford

Another compelling title by children’s book author Leslie Crawford, Gwen the Rescue Hen is a treat for the heart and the eyes alike.

This uplifting story follows a very special hen as she escapes industrial agriculture to her eventual meeting of Mateo, a compassionate kid who comes to be her closest friend. Smashing boundaries between human and nonhuman animals, this book is a true heart opener for anyone with a soft spot for our furry and feathered friends.

You can find your copy of this heart-warming release here.

Virgin Vegan

Virgin Vegan: The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palette by Linda Long

An approachable no-nonsense guide to plant-based food, Virgin Vegan: The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palette is the perfect fix for any new chef, novice vegan or inspiration-fatigued at-home cook.

Boasting such simple recipes as a vegan bolognese and and a tasty plant-based gravy, this book keeps plant-based dining appealing and approachable to everyone — but that’s not all. Author Linda Long has also included a crash course on plant-based nutrition, meal planning, and common vegan ingredients.

You can grab your copy of her book here.

Toddler with vegan book

Babies and Toddlers Plant Based Nutrition by Megan Garner

An accredited Nutritionist, Naturopath and Herbalist, Megan Garner saw a need for a plant-based nutrition resource for parents and their littles, and went ahead and filled it.

In Babies and Toddlers Plant Based Nutrition, this plant-powered health professional offers advice on everything from introducing solids to avoiding nutritional gaps or deficiencies while maintaining a plant-based diet. On top of all of this, she includes 45 of her daughter’s favorite healthy, vegan recipes for your children to enjoy too.

You can find your copy of this wonderful resource here.

baby reading book

The Freedom Farm by Stacey Laska

The Freedom Farm, Stacey Laska’s vegan-themed storybook for animal-loving kids, is another title poised to break down barriers between humans and animals.

Taking readers inside a storybook farm, it follows a farmer as he discovers that his animal friends are more than just a paycheque. As the books characters begin to connect, the reader is inspired to ask bigger questions about who animals are as individuals and how they experience the world.

A must have for any curious mind, you can find this charming kids’ book here.

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