Ruby Roth: Vegan children’s book author

Ruby Roth is an acclaimed author who has written and illustrated several amazing children’s books about animals and veganism. I’ve given her books as gifts because the images captivate and the messages are perfectly age-appropriate. They’re a great launching point for discussing animal issues with kids.

V is for Vegan is great introduction to veganism for the younger set (3-7), and That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals is a more in-depth look at veganism for older kids (6-9). Vegan is Love is a terrific look at human-animal relationships and how you’re never too young to put compassion into action (7-10). Learn more about her work at wedonteatanimals.com.

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A few months ago I had opportunity to attend a lecture by Roth, where she explored the transformative power of veganism on society and the individual (children included!). She examined pop culture, the media response to her books, and talked about challenges of being vegan and raising vegan kids.

The lecture was very eye-opening! I’ve been a vegan for over 15 years and thought I’d seen it all—but Roth wowed me with info I didn’t know, such as how public thinking about health, children, and animals is shaped.

The toughest part of being vegan is often the pressure people face from well-meaning friends, family, and medical professionals. Just as her books do, Roth encouraged parents to involve their children in conversations about healthy eating and animal rights. Children are smarter than we give them credit for and will appreciate veganism when they understand it well.

To see Ruby Roth take on the media, check out the videos below.

They’re great examples of the fear-mongering among mainstream media and the normalization of eating animals and exploiting them in many other ways. Fortunately Ruby Roth has given us great tools to help children to “love deeply, think critically, and act responsibly.”

7 thoughts on “Ruby Roth: Vegan children’s book author

  1. Thanks for this, Jean. I just ordered all three of her books from the King County Library system, to share with children at an upcoming event. So, you can let your readers know that these wonderful books are available there. By the way, I went to Top Ten Toys yesterday to see if I could find materials about farm animals that are kid-friendly. I was shocked to see that every single item portrayed farms as if they were Old McDonald’s. Happy animals were frolicking around together, with a friendly farmer treating them like pets. Many of the portrayals had the animals dressed in clothes, standing up, and having a fun time together. And there was always a cozy red barn in the background. Can children handle the truth? Or will their parents keep it from them? We’ll find out next Saturday at our family-friendly event in Shoreline. Wish us luck!

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