Resources for the Vegucated Family

Nutrition  |  Books for Kids  |  Books & Magazines for Parents  |  On the Web

We believe that one day raising kids with a plant-powered lifestyle will be fully mainstream, given the resource efficiency, the health benefits, and the fact that we are constantly expanding our circle of compassion to include more beings, including farmed animals. But until then, vegan parents are pioneering their own way. Luckily, every year there are more and more resources to help us on our journey. Here are some of them.

Nutrition

Wondering if feeding your baby or child a vegan diet is healthy? Let’s see what the experts say.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says on their website that “Eating a plant-based diet can be a beneficial choice for your family” and a vegan diet can be “healthy and complete if sources of B12, calcium, zinc, vitamin D and iron are maximized.” In our book, we highlight all these nutrients and how to source them easily from plants.

Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, who wrote our nutrition chapter, is the country’s foremost expert on plant-based nutrition for kids. Not only has she lectured as a nutrition professor at the University of Massachusetts and authored The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book, but she worked with the largest organization of nutrition professionals in the U.S., the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reviewing all the science on vegetarian diets and co-writing two of the position papers on these diets for the Academy. The latest one states:

“It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes. Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable than diets rich in animal products because they use fewer natural resources and are associated with much less environmental damage. Vegetarians and vegans are at reduced risk of certain health conditions, including ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and obesity. Low intake of saturated fat and high intakes of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, soy products, nuts, and seeds (all rich in fiber and phytochemicals) are characteristics of vegetarian and vegan diets that produce lower total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and better serum glucose control. These factors contribute to reduction of chronic disease. Vegans need reliable sources of vitamin B-12, such as fortified foods or supplements.”

J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016;116:1970-1980

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has two helpful articles on their website about veg kids:

Dr. Mangels also is a nutrition advisor for the Vegetarian Resource Group and has written these Tips for Parents of Young Vegans.

Books for Kids

Books can help veg kids feel proud and connected to a conscientious community. Below is just a sampling of books we recommend. There are many more to be discovered on vegbooks.org, which also includes lists of movies with a message of animal compassion or caring about the environment.

Sprig The Rescue Pig

Leslie Crawford

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Gwen the Rescue Hen

Leslie Crawford

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The Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig

Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, and Caprice Crane

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Our Farm

Maya Gottfried

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Farmer Sue Knew

Tabatha James

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T.Veg

Smriti Prasadam-Halls

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Dave Loves Chickens

Carlos Patino

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'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Dav Pilkey

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Happy Animals: Friends Not Food

Liora Raphael and Glenn Saks

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Vegan is Love

Ruby Roth

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V is for Vegan

Ruby Roth

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The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids

Ruby Roth

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Books & Magazines for Parents

Plant-Powered Families

Dreena Burton

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Let Them Eat Vegan!

Dreena Burton

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Vive le Vegan!

Dreena Burton

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Disease-Proof Your Child

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

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The Smart Parent's Guide to Raising Vegan Kids

Eric C. Lindstrom

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Raise Vegan Magazine

Digital Magazine

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On the Web

Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting group on Facebook
What Vegan Children Eat group on Facebook
How Vegan Children Thrive group on Facebook
Plant-Based Pediatrician website
Veggie Fit Kids website and Veggie Doctor Radio by Dr. Yami
Wellness Pediatrician website
Nutritious Vida website
Plant Based Juniors website
Leafy Vibe website
Generation Veggie website
Mothers Against Dairy website
Shine with Plants YouTube channel
The Everyday Vegan Mum podcast
Wicked Healthy Kids cooking classes

Contributors to Our Book On the Web

Amy Bradley

Podcast: Vegan Fam in Cow Town

Stephanie Brevik

Instagram: @comfortfoodvegan

Dreena Burton

Website: DreenaBurton.com
Instagram: @dreenaburton

Genesis Butler

Website: Genesis for Animals
Instagram: @genesisbutler

Sharon Colombo

Website: Vocal Vegan

Sophia DeSantis

Website: Veggies Don’t Bite
Instagram: @veggiesdontbite

Rachel Filtz

Instagram: @kindcookingwithkids

Kendra Fitzgerald

Website: Devoted Mamas
Instagram: @devotedmamas

Tere Fox

Website: Rockin Raw
Instagram: @rockinraw and @jamcakerynyc

Natalie Freed

Website: My Source Life
Instagram: @mysourcelife

Akua Joy

Instagram: @morphitmamas

Aimbriel Lasley

Website: Black Mama Vegan
Instagram: @black_mamavegan

Annika Lundkvist

Website: Pacific Roots Magazine
Instagram: @pacificrootsmagazine

Jenna Matheson

Website: Plant Tucker
Instagram: @planttucker

Non-profits that Work with Schools

Coalition for Healthy School Food
Lean and Green Kids
Institute for Humane Education

Vegan Camps & Conferences for Kids, Teens or Families

YEA Camp
Vegan Summerfest

Farm Animal Sanctuaries

Farm Animal Sanctuaries to Visit in the U.S. – a great vegan family activity!