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Violet's Vegan Books For Children

Learning Letters and Rhyming Words

Learning Letters and Rhyming Words by Eric and Jo Rain is a cute and simplistic alphabet rhyme to make learning fun.  Each page has a child-like style crayon drawing of an animal or plant beginning with (or containing) a letter of the alphabet and a verse underneath which rhymes with the verse on the facing page.  I’m not explaining this very well, but here’s a few scans to give you an idea of what I mean:

 The opened book didn’t fit on the scanner (plus I scanned them in ‘illustration mode’ so the grey stripe down the middle is just shadow) but I think you can get the idea with these 🙂

It’s a really fun way to introduce young children to the alphabet and how words look and sound, and they’ve chosen a font which draws the letter ‘a’ as children would write it, sans serif.  And it inspires delight in the plants and animals it describes.

Plus at the end of the book is an alphabet learning game to cut out and play:

A lovely fun way to learn the alphabet 🙂

Author:  Eric Rain

Illustrator:  Jo Rain

Genre:  Early Learning

Format:  Paperback (52 pages)

Published June 2015

ISBN-10:  1514304910

ISBN-13:  978-1514304914

Dimensions:  19 x 0.3 x 23.5 cm

Available from Amazon in the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada 🙂

Healthy Eating for Life FOR CHILDREN from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

From the Foreword by Neal Barnard, M.D.:  The writing of this book was motivated by the observation that many parents are unclear about how best to nourish their children at different stages of development.  Well-intentioned parents like you want to do the very best for the long-term health and well-being of their children.  They need help knowing where to begin.

Our hope is that by assembling an expert panel of doctors and nutritionists and by providing well-researched, easy-to-read information on healthy eating during childhood, we can help you promote excellent health for your children throughout their lives.

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Boy I wish I’d had this book when my children were little, then I wouldn’t have been misled by my GP who pleaded with me not to make my baby vegan, saying that children need dairy for at least their first five years!  I was very young, inexperienced and, since it was way before the internet, there was no one else to ask.  It was another eleven years before we had enough information to understand that he was wrong, and our transition from vegetarianism to veganism left us feeling better than ever.

But that didn’t prevent us being misjudged by another GP when I took my youngest to the doctor when she was about 11 because she was getting recurring headaches.  I’d assumed she was suffering from migraines but as soon as the GP heard we were vegan she sucked in her breath over her teeth and said with confidence

“Calcium deficiency!”

I insisted that that wasn’t it, we get enough calcium from our fruit and vegetables, but she would not be dissuaded from her conclusion and sent us away after telling us to take some multi-vitamins, without doing any tests or examination.  Some months later, thanks to a good  GP advising us to go the optician and see if the headaches were due to a need for glasses, it was discovered that there was haemorrhaging behind her eyes caused by a benign brain tumour.

The world and medical practitioners are so much more enlightened nowadays though aren’t they?  Thanks to the internet and such widely available information shared online by vegan individuals, groups and organisations.  So you’d think that no one would be in danger of getting the kind of bad advice we got back then.

I was shocked to discover a few weeks ago that that’s not true.  A friend of mine took her eleven and a half month-old baby for her ‘one year review’ by a Health Visitor at a children’s centre in Brighton and was told she should be transitioning her baby off breast milk and onto cows’ milk – for the calcium!!!!!!!

Thankfully my friend knows better but lots of people, like me all those years ago, will be swayed by this shockingly bad advice.  That’s why this book is brilliant.  Because it comes from the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine, written by Amy Lanou, Ph.D. who is Nutrition Director of the Physicians’ Committee (or she was when this was first published back in 2002 – oh I wish I’d had it then!) and got her doctoral degree from Cornell University, readers can rest assured that the book can be relied upon.  And it’s got so much!  From a healthy pregnancy to healthy breast feeding to healthy nutrition for your child for the rest of his or her life, this book tells you everything you need to know 🙂

And it even provides you with a ton of healthy delicious recipes:

I bought this one for my friend, but now I’m going to get another one for me!

Author:  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine with Amy Lanou, Ph.D.

Genre:  Non-fiction, Plant-Based Nutrition

Recommended for teens and up

Format:  Paperback (272 pages) and Kindle Edition

Published:  February 2002

ISBN-10:  0471436216

ISBN-13:  978-0471436218

Dimensions:  15.5 x 1.9 x 22.7 cm

Available from the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine and Amazon

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Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

We love Louis Sachar (whose name rhymes with cracker – in case you were wondering) and after reading Fuzzy Mud I decided that it qualified as a vegan book for children 🙂 It doesn’t use the v-word but the main protagonist seems to be a plant-eater (there is no mention of any animal protein in her diet) and the grippingly entertaining story is wrapped around a vitally  important environmental message.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised to discover that Louis Sachar was veg*n but I have no idea whether he actually is.  Anyway, this book qualifies so I wanted to share it with you 🙂

The story is about Tamaya who has a scholarship to a posh school and walks there every day with Marshall who is a year older than her (they’re pre-teens I think). They never go through the woods because there are creepy rumours about a strange guy who lives there.  And they’ve been told not to.  Meanwhile, on the other side of the woods a laboratory is developing a new “green” fuel, made of artificially engineered living micro-organisms, aka ‘fuzzy mud’.  Well,  one day, after being challenged to a fight by the school bully, Marshall decides, for his own safety, to go home via the woods.  Tamaya doesn’t want to go that way but she’s not supposed to walk home alone so she follows him.  And that’s when it gets really scary!

I’m not going to tell you anymore (and don’t spoil it for yourself by reading the Amazon blurb because it gives too much away) because you should get the book and enjoy the whole thing from the beginning 🙂

Author:  Louis Sachar

Genre:  Juvenile fiction/thriller

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Format:  Paperback (256 pages) and Kindle Edition and Audio Download

Published:  August 2016

ISBN-10:  1408864754

ISBN-13:  978-1408864753

Dimensions:  19.7 x 1.3 x 13.1cm

Available from Amazon and undoubtedly other bookshops and libraries 🙂

Reflecto Girl: SIDEKICK

And our third single episode comic is Reflecto Girl: Sidekick This is episode 5 of the Reflecto Girl series, which you can find here, and in it Renée has a lovely day spoilt by something horrible in the garden.  Thankfully she has a new ally who is eager to help 😀

The comic is printed in black and white, so it looks like a proper authentic old fashioned comic and it’s fantastic value for money at £2.80!  What’s more, on the back cover is a Reflecto Girl paper doll to cut out, complete with Dounto and mask, and inside are a few clothes for her to wear that you can colour in and cut out 😀 Let them be your inspiration to design more and make them yourself 🙂

Author/Illustrator:  Violet’s Vegan Comics

Genre:  Children’s comics

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Format:  Paperback (42 pages)

Price:  £2.80

Published April 2017

ISBN-10:  1545291861

ISBN-13:  978-1545291863

Dimensions:  17.8 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm

Available from Amazon in the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada

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NB: for those in the UK who don’t like to shop online, contact us to mail order and pay by cheque

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Megan & Flos: OUT OF THIS WORLD

Megan & Flos: Out of this world is the second of our single episode comics to be released.  In this story Megan & Flos have to go toe to toe with volpars who are trying to invade planet Felix Locus.  Will they succeed?  Will they be able to save the Felixians from a terrifying fate?  You’ll have to read the comic to find out 😮 or you could read the whole story on the e-comics site 😉  Either way, I think you’ll enjoy it.

One thing you won’t be able to get by reading it online is the game on the back! Yes, that’s right – the comic has a mini game board on the back and there’s instructions inside explaining how to play.

The Megan & Flos board game: Megan & Flos versus the journalist 😀 A relaxing bit of fun before bedtime 🙂

Unlike our other single episode comics, this one’s in full colour because the illustrations didn’t translate well to black and white.  This makes it a little more expensive than the others but of course it’s still well worth the £4.50 it costs to produce 😉

Author/Illustrator:  Violet’s Vegan Comics

Genre:  Children’s comics/ science fiction

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Format:  Paperback 44 pages

Price:  £4.50

Published April 2017

ISBN-10: 1545358516

ISBN-13:  978-1545358511

Dimensions:  17.8 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm

Available from Amazon in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada

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NB: for those in the UK who don’t like to shop online, contact us to mail order and pay by cheque

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Venus Aqueous: Prison Break

We are excited to tell you that we are now producing single episode comics – and Venus Aqueous: Prison Break (episode 5) is the first one!  As it’s printed in black and white on 30% post consumer waste recycled/FSC paper it has that traditional, old fashioned comic feel and at the fantastic price of £2.80 it certainly stands up well in terms of value for money!

In this exciting episode, which was published first on the e-comics site, Venus and friends have heard terrible things about the goings-on at their local public aquarium and they’re going undercover as volunteers to investigate. But what they find out is even more shocking than they knew. Their aquatic friends desperately need the girls’ help and Venus, Jean and Adi won’t let them down.  It’s action-packed.  It’s exciting!  It’s daring!  Go on – get a copy and share it with your friends: everyone should read this story! 😀

Author/Illustrator:  Violet Plum/Violet’s Vegan Comics

Genre: children’s comics, superhero

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Format:  Paperback 74 pages

Price:  £2.80

Published: April 2017

ISBN-10:  1545032513

ISBN-13:  978-1545032510

Dimensions:  17.8 x 0.5 x 25.4 cm

Available from Amazon in the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada

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NB: for those in the UK who don’t like to shop online, contact us to mail order and pay by cheque

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Marcus’s Wishes

Marcus’s Wishes is a short fairy tale about a boy who’s a bit fed up.  It’s Saturday and by rights he should be able to do whatever he wants, and eat whatever he wants, and stay in bed for as long as he wants for that matter, but though he wishes repeatedly for the freedom to do as he pleases, his mum, who needs his help at the allotment, is determined to get in the way.  In the end though, as you may have guessed, this being a fairy tale, he does manage to get a wish granted, but it’s not one you might expect 🙂

Marcus’s Wishes, the little fairy tale you can read for free on the e-comics site, is now available in mobi and epub as a downloadable ebook from The Vegan Bookstore for $1.49

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The Rebel Gang and the Number Ciphers

The Rebel Gang and the Number Ciphers is finally available in paperback!  Woohoo!!!! 😀

Suspicious ciphertexts discovered by state investigators.  Assumed to be the correspondence of a hostile rebel gang.  Those in charge fear an attempt to overthrow the government.  M is tasked with tracking down the rebels, discovering their plans and bringing them to justice before they destroy civilization 😮

This is the classified document, complete with uncovered ciphertexts and suspect profiles, which details the investigation’s progress.

The Rebel Gang and the Number Ciphers is a funny, intriguing and sometimes badly-spelled code-cracking journey of discovery, illustrated with a mixture of collage and ink drawings.

This story is fiction and any resemblance to real people or events is entirely coincidental 😉

You can get a better look at the book here, and even read the whole story here for free if you like 🙂

Author/Illustrator:  Miranda Lemon

Genre: Juvenile fiction/humour/conspiracy theory

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Format:  Paperback 74 pages

Price:  £7.20

Published:  January 2017

ISBN-10:  154279580X

ISBN-13:  978-1542795807

Dimensions:  15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm

Available from Amazon in the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada

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NB: for those in the UK who don’t like to shop online, contact us to mail order and pay by cheque

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Where are you going Deidra?

children's ebook

Deidra, a dairy cow, keeps disappearing and won’t tell anyone where she’s going.  Her friends are very curious but she’s not giving anything away and, since she’s always back by milking time, the farmer’s not worried.  In this colourfully illustrated short storty for little ones (ages 2 and up) you can find out what Deidra’s up to and why she needs to be so secretive about it.

Where are you going Deidra?, which is inspired by real life events,  has been around for a while  and the rhyming version of it is included the paperback “Why are you a vegan?” and other wacky verse for kids.  But now it has been digitally remastered (well, it’s got a new font 😉 ) and is available in mobi format (ie suitable for kindle) from The Vegan Bookstore at the very reasonable price of $0.99 USD

A lovely picture book with a happy ending to keep on your device 😀

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