Vegetarian Journal 2008 Issue 1


Literature for Kids

THE FOLLOWING LIST OF VEGGIE-FRIENDLY storybooks, novels, poetry compilations, and other works of literature was compiled by Dasha Bushmakin, Debra Wasserman, and Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, with assistance from parents on The Vegetarian Resource Group's Parents E-Mail list. A longer list of vegetarian-friendly books for children including non-fiction, cookbooks, animal rights books, gardening and nature books, and more can be found here under the kids' section.


Twenty-two poems to "the caring dedicated young vegans of the world…who will not stand for any exploitation whatever the species."

8- to 12-Year-Olds

In a faraway forest in a faraway land live Meathook and his band of carnivorous dragons, who love feasting on tasty knights and princesses. There is one dragon who is different. Herb is a peace-loving vegetarian who is prepared to stand up for what he believes in. Ages 8-10.

The life of a young boy, his becoming vegetarian, and his compassionate deeds. Ages 8-12.

The story of how a Jewish boy becomes a vegetarian. Ages 8-12.

Daggie’s newly learned skills help him save the farm after a damaging flood. Ages 9-12.

A 12-year-old moves from the city to the country and meets a neighbor who buys ranch animals and brings them to his Rescue Ranch to live out their lives in peace. Ages 9-12.

The book tells of Benj's adventures with a variety of animals and why he does not eat meat. Ages 8-12.

The storybook of the film. Brave chickens try to escape from a battery chicken farm and the evil Mrs. Tweedy, who loves to cook chickens! Ages 8-12.

A story about Frederika Murchison-Kowalski, a vegan, and her adventures with people who are not vegetarians. Ages 9-12.

An orphan falls into a black hole under the Bermuda Triangle, and he meets a member of an underwater civilization who thinks everyone is dying because of meat. Ages 9-12.

Charlotte hatches a plan to save Wilbur the pig's life. Ages 9-12.

A poetry book encouraging people to live in peace, to love animals, to embrace an ethical vegetarian diet, and to enjoy each day of life. Ages 8-12.

4- to 8-Year-Olds

Mr. Moose invited Mr. Turkey to dinner, not for dinner. Ages 4-8.

Fruits and vegetables are introduced alphabetically with poems and lots of facts. Ages 4-10.

A story about a family of hunters who learn a lesson about compassion. Ages 7-9.

Different types of fruits and veggies help children learn the alphabet. Ages 4-5.

A story about how chickens are treated. Ages 4-8.

This beautifully illustrated book will encourage all kids to try new fruits. Ages 4-7.

A boy visiting his grandfather's farm learns about a wide variety of vegetables and is encouraged to try eating each of them. Ages 4-7.

A story of compassion and cruelty to a flying pig. Ages 4-8.

A sheep saves his friends from becoming lamb chops! Ages 4-8.

Compassion towards all living beings is taught. Ages 6-8.

A herbivorous dinosaur who is new to the neighborhood is invited to a birthday celebration, where he turns down a slice of cake because it is made with (non-vegan) pterosaur milk and velociraptor eggs. Ages 4-6.

The differences between "conventional" and "organic" produce are discussed. Ages 4-6.

Children on a trip to a turkey farm save the turkeys destined for Thanksgiving dinner. In rhyme. Ages 4-8.

Princess Perfect refuses to eat her vegetables but eventually tries new foods. Ages 4-8.

When Victor attends a picnic where vegetarian animals share their food with him, he enjoys a variety of snacks and learns what to eat to stay healthy. Ages 6-8.

A boy saves his lambs and becomes a vegetarian in the process. Ages 6-8.

4-Year-Olds and Younger

Full-color picture book containing photos of young animals carved from only fruit and vegetables. Ages 2-4.

The text encourages children to eat their veggies by introducing various vegetables in alphabetical order. Ages 2-4.

The story of how one pig came to Farm Sanctuary. Ages 2-6.

Excerpts from the 2008 Issue 1

Cheesecake: Not Just for Dessert Anymore.
Chef Nancy Berkoff makes cheesecake part of any course.
An Updated Guide to Soy, Rice, Nut, and Other Non-Dairy Milks
Dietetic Intern Stephanie Gall, MS, RD, brings you all the facts.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About L-Cysteine But Were Afraid to Ask
Jeanne Yacoubou, MS, takes a closer look at the amino acid.
Vegan Fare from India
Sunita Pant Bansal shares some basic dishes from her country.
Vegan Rocker Ted Leo Tours the World
Bobby Allyn interviews the indie rock veteran and vegan activist.
Nutrition Hotline
What are plant sterols, and what effects do they have on the human diet?
Note from the Coordinators
Letters to the Editors
Notes from The VRG Scientific Department
Vegan Cooking Tips
All About Oven-Frying, by Chef Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD, CCE
Veggie Bits
Scientific Update
Book Reviews
Vegetarian Action
Everything Natural, by Bobby Allyn

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