The Importance of Books
There’s no doubt in mind how powerful a book can be at teaching someone to embrace a new perspective. Every book contains its own set of characters that live their life with complete disregard to the values and morals of it’s reader. This is a wonderful way to learn, whether you are reading fact or fiction. But this is also the reason many books have been banned throughout history. They are “too dangerous” and could influence audiences to disobey specific traditions like law or religion. Or in the case of today’s topic: deciding your mother was wrong and realizing your body does not need meat to survive.
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My children own so many books that casually portray cartoons fishing or eating meals with a huge turkey displayed on the middle of the table. These books reflect mainstream culture and the fact that eating meat is normal despite the extreme cruelty behind it and despite our family’s vegetarian diet. So when I stumbled upon Vegan Publishers, I was thrilled to discover an excellent collection of adult and children’s books that emphasize the importance of animal welfare and vegetarianism.
This was a huge relief! I finally found some books that actually reflect some of our values, which leads me to explain why reading books that reflect ourselves is important too. When your family lives differently than everyone else around you, it is comforting to be able to connect with someone or something else that understands how you feel. It also helps you develop a greater understanding of why you believe what you do and helps you learn different coping mechanisms that arise in your specific lifestyle.
The characters in the three books I’ll be sharing with you do not eat meat and cannot fathom why someone would eat meat. This allows my daughter to connect with someone other than myself that appreciates her values too, even if it just a faraway author or fictional character. In fact, while we were reading the first book, my four year old’s first comment was an excited, “OHH JUST LIKE US!”.
Quick recap on the importance of books:
- Books containing different values from yourself give you perspective on how/why other people live differently and teach you new types of thinking and maybe even how to live a higher quality of life.
- Books that reflect your values help you connect with like-minded individuals, give you a deeper understanding of why you value certain things, and give you confidence to stand firmly in your morals.
Three Excellent Children’s Books that Embrace Vegetarianism
1. Dave Loves Chickens, Written & Illustrated by Carlos Patiño
Dave Loves Chickens is by far our favorite book! It couldn’t have been written better to delight my daughter and her passion for raising pet chickens. The story is about a nice monster named Dave who comes from another planet and is bewildered by the fact that humans eat chickens. It mentions a few facts about chickens, while emphasizing their importance and value as a being. The illustrations are quite entertaining too. There is one drawing that shows a picture of a chicken wearing an anti-chicken meat shirt. It’s funny! My two year old son also enjoyed the book and loved pointing out all the chickens and eggs throughout the book.
You can find Dave Loves Chickens on Amazon or perhaps at your local library. If you can’t find it at your library, put in a special request to have it available in your community.
2. Lena of Vegitopia and the Mystery of the Missing Animals, Written by Sybil Severin & Illustrated by Carlos Patiño
Lena of Vegitopia is a lengthier children’s book (still targeted to pre-schoolers and up) about a magical land called Vegitopia, where people and animals coexist with each other peacefully. Humans only eat plant-based foods and have loving relationships with the animals that live there. One day, baby animals start disappearing and Lena has to figure out what happened to them and how to return them to their mothers. The story is full of detail and is classified as a vegan-themed fairy tale. The character names are highly entertaining as the author uses a fun play on words. For example, there is a Princess Vege-Terri-Anne and the bad girl who turns good called Carnista… 🙂 The book references good food that can be made with plants and includes one vegan recipe.
It is a perfect addition to any household that values animal welfare, even to non-vegetarians who simply love animals. This would be an excellent book for others to read in order to understand why some people choose not to eat meat. It depicts what happens in real life with farm animals, but in a very, VERY light, fairy tale format.
Find Lena of Vegitopia on Amazon and request it at your local library!
3. How to Eat a Rainbow — Magical Raw Vegan Recipes for Kids, Recipes by Ellie Bedford & Illustrations by Sabrina Bedford
This is the most adorable children’s cookbook I’ve ever read. Each recipe is truly magical and created by real fairies! The introduction tells us the secret on where fairies get their sparkles… It’s because they eat a rainbow everyday! The fairies will teach you and your child how to make 22 magical recipes including Flower Petal Salad, Starlit Chocolate & Carob Elixir and Jeweled Chia Seed Pudding. There is a food glossary included to help with unfamiliar ingredients. If you already eat a raw vegan diet, you probably own many of the ingredients. If not, they are easily found at health food stores or online. After your child makes all or many of the recipes, they will earn a Certificate for Fairy Cookery, which is conveniently located at the end of the book. This is a wonderful way to introduce healthy foods to children and it will even bring out their inner fairy.
Note: A raw vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that have not been heated that much, leaving more nutrition for the body to consume.
Find How to Eat a Rainbow on Amazon and if you love it as much as we do, request it at your local library!