The holidays are upon us and many of us are searching for the perfect gift for our kids, friends, nieces, nephews, and everyone in between. We’ve made it easy for you with this list of vegan-friendly kids books that have sweet, fun, and compassionate messages that kids will love.
For more ideas, including gifts for adults, check out the official Compassion Over Killing Holiday Gift Guide.
A bright and simple book for children, Wild and Free addresses animal exploitation in rhyme, explaining that animals–from rats to cows–should all be wild and free. Purchase at Sanctuary Publishers or Amazon.
By Tambra Raye Stevenson
Where’s WANDA? is described as “the ‘Doc McStuffins’ of nutrition meets ‘Dora the Explorer’ for Africa.” This fun and interactive story encourages kids to take charge of their health and become leaders in their community.
By Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, and Caprice Crane
The famous Esther is everyone’s favorite rescue pig. In this children’s version of Esther’s story, kids discover how a not-so-mini pig inspired her companions to start a sanctuary for farmed animals.
By Leslie Crawford and Sonja Stangl
A heartwarming story about a chicken who defies the odds to escape her fate as a laying hen, meeting a boy named Mateo along the way. At the end of the book, share chicken facts with your children to find out just how “extraordinary an ordinary chicken really is.”
And for parents…
By Eric Lindstrom
The definitive raising vegan children handbook you’ve always wished you had. This entertaining manual of sorts advises on all sorts of issues like dealing with non-vegan events, getting your kids to eat their veggies, and how to veganize a road trip.
For more ideas and kid-friendly tips, check out TryVeg’s brand new Vegan Family Podcast!
Stuart McDonald is a Creative Writer at Compassion Over Killing (COK), a national non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, DC. She is passionate about making an ethical lifestyle easy and accessible for all and collaborating across social movements to create a kinder world. She writes about everything vegan: from plant-based eating to activism to legislation. Read her work on TryVeg.com and COK.net.