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Five Children’s Books Packing A Vegan Message

by | October 20, 2019

It’s probably fair to say that one of the most rewarding aspects of parenting is watching your child learn and grow. 

That said, for vegan parents in today’s world it can be difficult to find kid-friendly material that meshes with their compassionate lifestyle.

So, here is our list of not-to-be-missed children’s books with a vegan message to keep reading fun, educational, and — perhaps most importantly — animal and earth friendly.   

Linus The Vegetarian T-Rex By Robert Neubecker

Prehistoric carnivorous giants are the first creatures to come to mind when you envision vegan role models… right? Maybe not.

Linus The Vegetarian T-Rex may be prehistoric, but his values and beliefs couldn’t be further from it! 

This friendly vegetarian makes eating produce enticing, offering various explanations throughout the book as to why he does not eat his herbivorous friends, and chooses vegetables instead. 

Care for Our World by Karen Robbins

Care for Our World is set to touch readers’ hearts with dreams of a vegan world — where creatures big and small, human and nonhuman, can live in peace together.

Representing all of the seven continents are various animals from different cultures coexisting in harmony. 

Between two covers is a message of respect for all lifeforms, from the smallest snail to the tallest tree.         

Esther and her vegan dad
Esther is very much a real pig (Source: @estherthewonderpig/Instagram)

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins

Labeled as “big and wonderful” The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig shares the heartwarming true story of a little piglet named Esther and how she came to live with her dads, Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter. 

Follow Esther’s adventures at Happily Esther After animal sanctuary as she raids the neighbor’s garden, becomes best friends with a turkey named Cornealis, and — to her own avail — demands cupcakes for breakfast. 

Eshter captivates readers with an adventurous spirit that makes you fall more in love with her with every turn of the page.

A Book of Babies by II Sung Na

If you are looking for the perfect bedtime story, A Book of Babies is our first choice as the plot is solely focussed on cuddling up for sleep.

This book artistically illustrates animal mothers of all kinds putting their babies to bed, showing how alike humans and animals really are. 

The Boston Globe calls Il Sung Na’s art “so joyous, so jubilantly colorful, it feels celebratory and poetic even when the story is simple and spare.” 

Steven the Vegan by Dan Bodenstein

Steven the Vegan is a modern-day vegan superhero. 

A relatable little protagonist, Steven is a great role model for vegan kids living in a non-vegan world. 

As vegan Steven and his classmates embark on a field trip to a local animal sanctuary, Steven educates his classmates on why — for him — animals are friends, not food. 

This is a must read for kids who struggle to share the hows and whys of their plant-based lives.

What’s your favorite vegan or eco-focused book? Let us know in the comments below.

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