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Raising Vegan Kids: 20+ Helpful Vegan Parenting Resources

Have you decided to raise your kids vegan, and now you’re not sure where to start? I hear ya! Today I’m sharing with you a list of 20+ vegan parenting resources that provide an invaluable amount of information to help you in raising vegan kids.

20 vegan childrens books and other resources for vegan kids and parents

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While going vegan has gotten easier in the past few years for adults, raising kids as vegans can still seem puzzling.

I mean, how do we make sure that the plant-based diet we chose for our kids provides them with everything they need to grow strong and healthy, and doesn’t fall short on any nutrients?

Also, how do we help our kids understand the reason for why their family is vegan, and to navigate the world as vegans once they’re old enough to make their own decisions?

I started looking up information on vegan parenting while I was still pregnant with my daughter baby J. I wanted to make sure that I could provide her with a childhood where she’d fit in with other kids rather than stand out as a vegan.

I quickly realized that the information on vegan parenting was a bit scarce. While there were some books and websites, I didn’t find a one-and-done place that I could come back to for more info.

After a couple years of research (my daughter has just turned 16 months, by the way), I developed a list of vegan parenting resources that I’m going to share with you today.

These resources have been very helpful to me in my own parenting journey, so I hope that you’ll find them valuable in raising your own vegan kids.

An Important Note: the Subject of Vaccinations

(Oh yes, I’m going there!) While I believe that everyone should be able to raise their children in a manner that they believe is the best for them, my personal belief that it’s best to say “yes” to vaccinating our kids, both for their sake and the sake of our society. For this reason I chose not to include in this list a few books or online resources that go against this belief.

This list is arranged into two main chapters: resources to be used by parents, and resources to be used by their kids.

Resources for parents include two subchapters – books on parenting healthy and happy vegan kids, and online resources (printable PDFs and websites) that provide information on nutrition and help with other vegan parenting challenges.

Resources for kids are meant to be used by the kids themselves, so this chapter includes vegan children’s books, cookbooks for young vegan chefs, and websites with kid-friendly information on veganism.

One more thing: This list will continue to evolve as I discover new resources for parenting vegan kids, so please check back! Also, if you know of some useful resource that isn’t on this list yet, please let me know, and I’ll add it in (as long as it doesn’t have an anti-vax message).

Books on Raising Healthy Vegan Kids

The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Children – a book by Eric C. Lindstrom that covers every aspect of raising vegan kids, from health and nutrition to social situations (birthdays, class field trips, etc.), holidays, trips to the doctor, vaccinations (Eric is pro-vax), traveling, etc.

Check out my full review of The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Children.

Raising vegan kids - 20+ helpful vegan parenting resources

The Smart Parent’s Guide also talks about instilling the sense of compassion in kids and touches upon the subject of speciesism. But my favorite part of this book is the resources for vegan kids and parents at the end: kid-friendly recipes, books, movies, websites and more.

The Plant-Based Baby and Toddler: Your Complete Feeding Guide for 6 months to 3 years – this book was written by Alexandra Caspero and Whitney English – two registered dietitian moms who created the Plant-Based Juniors online community (look them up on Instagram).

They share reliable, evidence-based facts about planning your child’s plant-based diet in infancy and toddlerhood, plus recipes, sample menu ideas, tips for dealing with common challenges, etc.

There’s also a bonus chapter about feeding infants from birth up to 6 months.

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes – a cookbook by Dreena Burton, a veteran vegan cookbook author and mother of three daughters.

Dreena presents over one hundred recipes approved by her kids, and shares her tips for stocking your pantry,
packing school lunches, dealing with picky eaters, etc.

Forks Over Knives Family: Every Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Kids on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet – in addition to a wide selection of whole food, plant-based recipes for kids, this book from the creators of the legendary Forks Over Knives documentary features lots of information and tips for building a foundation of health in plant-based kids starting from conception.

The book is also useful for parents who are trying to get their not yet vegan/plant-based kids towards an animal product-free diet.

Forks Over Knives Family - a book from a list of 20 helpful vegan parenting resources

Baby and Toddler Vegan Feeding Guide: Simple, Evidence Based, & Dietitian Approved – a book by Julia Feliz Brueck that aims to cover your plant-based child’s nutritional needs. Chapters include such topics as meeting nutritional needs of infants and toddlers; information for skeptical parents; tips for eating out, participating in playdates and parties, etc.

A portion of this book’s sales is donated to Chilis on Wheels – “an organization that helps provide warm vegan meals to homeless people across the mainland U.S. and in Puerto Rico”.

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Online Vegan Nutrition Resources

7 plant-based baby food recipes for babies who are just beginning to eat solid foods (baby-led weaning approved!). This is a blog post that I wrote to share recipes my daughter enjoyed when she started eating solids at 6 months.

15 kid friendly recipes from this blog that my 2 year-old toddler loves. Once my daughter became more proficient with eating solids, I started introducing a variety of new recipes to her. These fifteen recipes have become her favorite recipes from the blog.

40 vegan snacks for kids – healthy and delicious plant-based snack ideas that even picky eaters will enjoy. This list includes simple recipes and snack ideas for both savory and sweet treats. Useful for kids from about age 2 and up.

How to be vegan in a non-vegan family: tips for grownups – if you’re the only vegan adult member of your family, see my tips on how to co-exist with non-vegan relatives peacefully.

Vegan Parents’ Guide to eating Out with Kids – 8 useful tips that have helped our family enjoy eating out at restaurants with our toddler since she was a few weeks old. How we find vegan-friendly kids menu options at regular restaurants, plus how we keep our stress levels down when eating out.

Eating Well: Vegan Infants and Under-5s – an extensive, 140 page-long downloadable guide by the UK-based First Steps Nutrition Trust nonprofit. This useful information-packed guide covers every stage of children’s lives from birth to 5 years.

This guide highlights nutritional needs for each age, sample foods and recipes, vitamin supplementation (if needed), dealing with picky eaters, etc. Chapters provide age-appropriate plant-based meal and snack ideas, recipes, and breaks down energy and nutrient requirements for each age group.

What my vegan kid eats in a day – as a mom of a vegan toddler, I often hear questions about what she eats. In this post on the blog, I’m sharing one day’s worth of her meals and snacks. Plus, a few things I keep in mind when planning her daily menu to keep her meals nutritious, varied and fun.

Nutrition for Kids: a Dietary Approach to Lifelong Health – another downloadable guide, this time by Dr. Neal Barnard’s Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

This 28 page-long guide focuses on the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet for children vs the standard American diet. It aims to guide kids and their parents through the transition to plant-based eating, and provides sample daily menus, recipes and meal planning tips.

Downloadable guides for every life stage by The Vegan Society – this link will take you to a page with nutrition guides arranged by various life stages: pregnancy and breastfeeding; kids under the age of 5; 5-10 year olds; 11-18 year olds; and older adults.

Online Resources for Raising Vegan Kids

Vegan Family Guide – a website with useful information for vegan families. Topics range from vegan pregnancy, birth and nutrition to guides for buying vegan clothing, food, supplements, etc. If you’re in the UK, you’ll find information on places to go and things to do as a vegan family in England.

Raise Vegan magazine and website. The first ever magazine about vegan pregnancy and parenting is chock-full of advice and tips for raising happy and healthy vegan kids.

The founder Janet Kearney was inspired to create a magazine for vegan parents due to the lack of information and numerous misconceptions about raising kids on a plant-based diet.

Today the monthly magazine is published by an independent US and UK-based team of vegan enthusiasts and parents, and is shipped worldwide. The Raise Vegan website also publishes vegan news and various resources for vegan parents and kids.

Raise Vegan magazine for parents of vegan kids from a list of 20+ vegan parenting resources

Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting group on Facebook – also founded by Janet Kearney, this online community for vegan parents has over 45 thousand members. During my own pregnancy, I found this group very useful for a variety of topics, from asking for tips on vegan pregnancy and baby products to occasional ranting about misunderstandings with non-vegans 🙂

This community is often the quickest to answer vegan pregnancy and parenting-related questions when no one else is available. However, note that the advice often comes from regular people who aren’t nutrition or parenting specialists, so please use your judgment. Also: the topic of vaccinations is banned from discussion.

Vegan Children’s Books

Ruby Roth’s books. Ruby Roth’s books are considered to be the cornerstone of any vegan child’s library. V Is For Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind (3 to 7 y.o.); That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals (6 to 9 y.o.); and Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action (7 to 10 y.o.) – each book introduces little readers to the compassionate lifestyle in an easy-to-understand, teachable format.

Roth doesn’t shy away from sensitive subjects like animal testing, the choice not to visit zoos and circuses, etc., but does it in a way that will resonate with each child’s age. Interesting: Ruby Roth not only wrote these books but also illustrated each of them by herself.

Vegan childrens books by Ruby Roth from a list of 20+ resources for vegan parents and kids

Libby Finds Vegan Sanctuary by Julia Feliz Brueck – a board book for vegan kids that tells the story of Libby, a rescue turkey that inspires compassion and finds safety at an animal sanctuary.

That’s Not My Momma’s Milk! – a board book by Julia Barcalow that introduces the young readers to various animals nursing their young, and shows the unmistakable bond between baby animals and their mothers. Children learn that each momma’s milk is meant for her baby.

Not a Nugget – a book by Stephanie Dreyer that helps little readers make a connection between various animals and animal products or foods that are made from them. The book lists interesting facts about each animal to help children understand that animal’s lives are just as complex and worthy of respect as ours.

Veggie Vero book series by Veronica Green – Veggie Vero is the first vegan superhero girl who lives in the town of KalesVille and helps her animal friends by solving mysteries and educating others about cruelty-free living. The series includes 4 books with various adventures of this vegan superhero and her friends.

20 vegan childrens books and other resources for vegan kids and parents

Kayla The Vegan – a book by Stewart Mitchell about a vegan girl named Kayla who goes through a tough time at her new school as her new classmates find her vegan lifestyle odd and unusual. Eventually she makes friends with a popular girl named Brianna, and together they show their classmates that being compassionate is cool and eating healthy, cruelty-free foods benefits everyone.

Lena of Vegitopia and the Mystery of the Missing Animals – a vegan-themed fairy tale by Sybil Severin about a brave little girl who stands up for the animals of her land and rescues them from being eaten. “Magical things can happen when you harness the power of veggies!”

Steven the Vegan – a book by Dan Bodenstein about a vegan boy named Steven who teaches his claasmates why animals are his friends, not food on a trip to an animal sanctuary.

Vegan Children’s Cookbooks

My First Vegan Cookbook: Plant Based Meals Made By Kids – an illustrated cookbook by Stine Sidsner Garside full of recipes that are simple enough for kids to make on their own.

20 helpful resources for parents of vegan kids

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids: 60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the Earth – another beautifully illustrated book by Ruby Roth, this time with recipes that kids can make by themselves or with adult supervision.

Vegan Websites for Kids

PETA Kids website – love or hate PETA, but they surely deserve credit for this website designed specifically for kids interested in veganism. This website has sections for vegan-friendly activities, games, quizzes, and of course, food.

Grow Up Vegan – a UK-based website that provides kids with info on the “why” and the “how” of going vegan, tips on eating and thinking as a vegan, etc. The overall tone is easygoing and non-judgmental.

The website picks a “Vegan kid of the month” from its followers on the 1st of every month. Also: kids get a Grow Up Vegan Achievement Award for going through all of the website’s pages.

Parenting vegan kids may seem puzzling at times, but I hope that my list of vegan parenting resources makes things easier for you. like I mentioned before, this list will be updated as I find new resources, so please check back often!

Original image credits: 1, 8 – Karl Fredrickson via Unsplash; 2 – 5 Alina Zavatsky; 6 – Ben White via Unsplash; 7 – Hal Gatewood via Unsplash.

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Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats
Alina first made a switch to a vegan diet in 2013 to optimize her athletic performance as a marathon runner. Eventually she embraced veganism as a way to be kinder to fellow living beings and the environment. Alina hopes that this blog helps its readers on their path to becoming vegan and making this world a better place.


Friday 23rd of July 2021

Oh my goodness, this is so helpful! Thank you for putting this together. Love the book recs especially. For whatever reason, I didn't even think of vegan books as something to incorporate. My kiddo is 2 and she's been eating plant-based since we started BLW around 7 months – and she's a great little veggie eater so far. I work for a meal delivery company (MamaSezz) but I'm always on the hunt for new snack ideas so bookmarking the 40 easy vegan snacks post! And the restaurant tips are so great, too. This summer we've been trying to go out with her more – thank you!

Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats

Friday 23rd of July 2021

Thanks Ali, glad to hear you found this post helpful!

Dragan Geanina Catalina

Sunday 30th of August 2020

This is awesome! Thank you very much for this amazing list. It really came in handy and it was very useful to me as I have a daughter who is almost 7 months now and we started eating solid food at about 5 months and 2 weeks. I really liked the sources you gave here. You are an amazing person for sharing this with the world. I am from Romania and it semms here the vegan community isn't as developed as it is abroad, but me and my husband only have a few months since we decided to go vegan and maybe I'll have a surprise haha, who knows... Anyways, thank you again for everything. I was just telling my sister in law that I feel like I'm in school again with all the research I'm doing with this vegan lifestyle, all the notebooks, coloured markers and posters. But I enjoy this much more than I expected.

Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats

Monday 31st of August 2020

So glad to hear you found this post useful, Geanina, hope your vegan journey continues being smooth! And congratulations on your baby daughter!


Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Thanks for the awesome resources. You definitely introduced me to some I wasn't aware of and I'll be now adding "The Smart Parent's Guide to Raising Vegan Kids" to my reading list!

I personally found the chapter on growing vegans from the book "Becoming Vegan" by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina also super useful, so I thought I'd share it in case other vegan parents end up scrolling through the comments like I did :)

Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Thank you Alina! I believe I've heard about the "Becoming Vegan" book, good to know that it has a chapter about vegan kids.

Plant Based Lei

Tuesday 26th of March 2019

This is a great list for people worried about raising vegan children! A plant based lifestyle is so healthy, teaching these healthy eating habits at such a young age will set them up for life!

Eilidh Horder

Friday 15th of March 2019

Thank you for this. I have found it difficult to source much to help me encourage my kids in their vegan journey. This is really useful and I'll be using many of your suggestions. :)

Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats

Friday 15th of March 2019

You're very welcome, Eilidh! Glad to hear that you found this list useful ?