Recommended Reading: For the Kiddos
 
 
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I don’t have any children myself, but I hear talk ’round these internets that the following books and films are just the ticket for parents (and well-meaning relatives) who want to raise their yung’uns with a healthy sense of respect and compassion for non-human animals and the environment. Again appealing to y’all as a child-free adult, should you have any suggestions, I would be most appreciative of your feedback.

Due to sheer laziness on my part, the list is not sorted by age, however, I have included the suggested age ranges where available.
 
 
Books

Bass, Jules and Debbie Harter. 1999. Cooking With Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon: A Cookbook for Kids. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Barefoot Books. Ages 9-12 / Grade 4-6.

Bass, Jules and Debbie Harter. 2005. Peace, Love And Vegetables (Herb the Vegetarian Dragon). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Barefoot Books. Ages 4-8.

Bass, Jules and Debbie Harter. 2008. Herb the Vegetarian Dragon. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Barefoot Books. Ages 5-9 / Kindergarten-Grade 3.

Bekoff, Marc and Michael J. DiMotta. 2008. Animals at Play: Rules of the Game. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press. Ages 9-12.

Bix, Daisy. 2006. Buddy Unchained (Sit! Stay! Read! Series). The Gryphon Press. Ages 4-8 / Kindergarten-Grade 2.

Bix, Daisy and Amelia Hansen. 2006. At the Dog Park with Sam and Lucy (Sit! Stay! Read! Series). The Gryphon Press. Ages 4-8 / Kindergarten-Grade 2.

Boelts, Maribeth and David Walker. 2007. Before You Were Mine. Putnam Juvenile. Ages 4-8 / Preschool-Grade 2.

Buchwald, Claire and Amelia Hansen. 2007. Are You Ready for Me? (Sit! Stay! Read! Series). The Gryphon Press. Ages 9-12.

Buchwald, Claire and Karen Ritz. 2007. Max Talks to Me (Sit! Stay! Read! Series). The Gryphon Press. Ages 4-8.

Bunnell, Jacinta and Julie Novak. 2009. Girls Are Not Chicks Coloring Book. Oakland, California: PM Press.

Davis, Christine. 2000. For Every Cat an Angel. Portland, Oregon: Lighthearted Press Inc.

Davis, Christine. 2003. For Every Dog an Angel. Portland, Oregon: Lighthearted Press Inc.

Davis, Christine. 2006. Old Dog and the Christmas Wish. Portland, Oregon: Lighthearted Press Inc.

Davis, Christine. 2008. The Shelter Dog. Portland, Oregon: Lighthearted Press Inc.

Drescher, Henrik. 2006. Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale. Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press. Ages 6-9 / Grades 1-3.

Dugan, Karen. 2009. Ms. April & Ms. Mae: A Fable. The Gryphon Press. Ages 4-8.

Estep, Lorena and Tamira Ci Thayne. 2008. Puddles on the Floor. Altoona, Pennsylvania: Crescent Renewal Resource. Ages 9-12. http://www.dogsdeservebetter.com/puddlesbook.html

Goodall, Jane. 1996. My Life with the Chimpanzees. Aladdin. Ages 9-12.

Goodall, Jane. 2001. Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World And Ours. Scholastic Press. Ages 4-8

Goodall, Jane and Alan Marks. 2004. Rickie and Henri. Minedition. Ages 4-8 / Preschool-Grade 3.

Gottfried, Maya. 2010. Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary. http://action.farmsanctuary.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=15881.0&printer_friendly=1

Grover, Jan Zita and Nancy Lane. 2008. A Home for Dakota (Sit! Stay! Read! Series). The Gryphon Press. Ages 9-12.

Larson, Kirby, Mary Nethery and Jean Cassels. 2008. Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival. New York: Walker Books for Young Readers. Ages 4-8.

Pilkey, Dav. 2004. ‘Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving. Scholastic Paperbacks. Ages 4-8.

Prevost, Jeanne and Amelia Hansen. 2008. It’s Raining Cats and Cats! (Sit! Stay! Read! Series). The Gryphon Press. Ages 9-12.

Roth, Ruby. 2009. That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books. Ages 4-10. http://www.wedonteatanimals.com

Rudy, Sarah. 2004. Benji Bean Sprout Doesn’t Eat Meat. SK Publishing. Ages 9-12.

Treybal, Tim and Dogs Deserve Better. 2010. Happy Dog!: How to Give Your Dog a Happy, Loving Home (A Coloring Book from Dogs Deserve Better). http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/happydogsponsorship.html

Underwood, Deborah and Scott Magoon. 2010. Granny Gomez & Jigsaw. Disney Hyperion. Ages 4-8.

VanBalen, Nathalie. 2010. Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice. www.thorathinks.com. Ages 6 and up.

Wasserman, Debra and Charles Stahler. 1995. I Love Animals and Broccoli: A Children’s Activity Book. Vegetarian Resource Group.

Weil, Zoe. 2007. Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs. Brooklyn, New York: Lantern Books. Ages 9-12.

White, E. B. 1952. Charlotte’s Web. New York, New York: HarperCollins. Ages 9 and up.

 
 
 
 
 
Last updated 10/18/10
 

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3 Responses to “For the Kiddos”

  1. Nathalie VanBalen Says:

    Thanks for making this awesome list, and for suggesting a few books I hadn’t heard of!
    I also wanted to tell you about my new book, “Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice,” a silly story that raises questions about eating animals. Please feel free to check out my site, ThoraThinks.com. :)

  2. Kelly Garbato Says:

    Of course, Nathalie, I’ve heard of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice! (Via Facebook, maybe?) I thought I’d added it to the list, but I must have forgotten. Oversight fixed :)

  3. Mike Says:

    Thanks,Nathalie for your long list of books,I have an daughter how like an lot to read.Happy New Year 2015.

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