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Top 5 books for kids 09/24/10

A selection of 5 good books about vegetarianism to read to your kids or buy for your teens.


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It can be difficult to explain to children exactly why they shouldn’t eat the same food as all their friends. Luckily, there are many well written children’s books specifically written to explain complicated issues, like vegetarianism, to children.

Here is a list of 5  great children and teen’s books on vegetarianism.


1. That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things by Ruby Roth
“This is a powerful and important book. Farm animals have emotions similar to our pets and this is conveyed in Roth’s enchanting illustrations. It will make children—and their parents—think. But it will not lead to nightmares, rather respect and compassion for the creatures whose wellbeing is in our hands.”
—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace. Also take a look at the cute website that Ruth has also created here.


2. Herb the Vegetarian Dragon
“The book’s case for vegetarianism and understanding of differences is further enhanced when accompanied by the author’s Cooking With Herb: A Cookbook for Kids…. Amusing illustrations characterise both works; the recipes and safety tips in the cookbook will help kids enjoy cooking while learning good kitchen habits.” – NAPRA Review


3. Do Animals Have Feelings Too? (A Sharing Nature With Children Book)

“. . .an excellent resource for parents and teachers looking for ways to initiate discussions with children about what qualities are important to us.” Bookselling This Week


4.Vegetables Rock!: A Complete Guide for Teenage Vegetarians
Assessing why at least 11 percent of American teen girls are vegetarian, Pierson concludes, “It’s healthy … cool … and has the potential to drive your parents nuts. Three times a day.” – Dana Jacobi


5. A Boy, A Chicken and The Lion of Judah: How Ari Became A Vegetarian
“Although his parents are understanding and involved in conserving the plants and animals near their home in the Negev desert, nine-year-old Ari does not know how to tell them that he does not want to eat meat anymore.”

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Laura Cooke is the editor and creator of the Veggie Bunch website and community.


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