Vegbooks

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Kids book and movie reviews from a veg perspective. We love animals, the earth & healthy living! Created by a vegan mom with contributions from parents and educators.

Jessica is a winner of Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Moms - 2013

What's your favorite vegan or vegetarian friendly product?

I can't help it: books are the first thing that come to mind. I love Ruby Roth's Vegan Is Love. I'm also a huge fan of anything Nathalie VanBalen creates. In addition to her Juice book (link below), she's got a great vegan Thanksgiving coloring zine and lots of pro-veg (and FREE) coloring pages on her site.

What's the biggest misconception people have about being a vegan or vegetarian?

When I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband and I deliberated long and hard about what we would do when she was invited to non-vegan birthday parties. Would we let her eat the cake? Would we bring our own? Just for her, or for all the guests?

I had no idea that in the age of severe allergies, different dietary choices, and religious food preferences, the "birthday cake" dilemma is no big thing. In fact, the hardest part of raising a vegan kid is that whole raising a kid part. Veganism gives us a framework within which to consider decisions - which can actually simplify life!

What's your best tip for families who want to start living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle?

One day at a time. Every time we eat or make a purchase, we all have a choice. Simply choose kindness. And you need not be perfect. Veganism is a practice, it's not about perfection.

I became a vegan after being a vegetarian for a few years. But you don't need to go that way. If it's easiest to give up leather for other materials (synthetic, cotton, hemp), do that first. Or tackle your beauty routine, and choose vegan products that aren't tested on animals. Or grab a great vegan cookbook (Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, or the Joy of Vegan Baking) and make eliminating eggs in your baking your first step toward veganism.

Don't worry about mistakes and don't let anyone (vegan, vegetarian or omni) make you feel bad about your progress. Just take each choice as it comes and choose compassion. It's a wonderful, life-affirming choice!