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 🙂

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 (of Violet’s Vegan Comics)

Genre: Juvenile fiction/humour/conspiracy theory

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Format:  Paperback 74 pages

Published:  January 2017

ISBN-10:  154279580X

ISBN-13:  978-1542795807

Dimensions:  15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm

Price:  £7.20

 Click here to buy from Amazon UK

Also available from Amazon in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia.  If you’re somewhere where you can’t buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order 😀

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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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Big Blue Sky: A Christmas Story

vegan Christmas story

This is the story of turkey brothers, Clarence and Luca.  They are growing up in a huge barn full of their peers on a so-called ‘free range’ farm.  There is access to the outside somewhere, so they’ve heard, but they can’t find it.  Christmas is approaching but Clarence and Luca don’t know anything about that, they don’t know what Christmas is.  All they can think about is how to get out of their crowded environment and see the big blue sky.  Luca says it exists, Clarence isn’t so sure.

Big Blue Sky is a moving and inspiring short story for little children which ends magically and happily  on Christmas Eve.  It is illustrated as a comic book, the story told through the speech bubbles of Clarence and Luca’s conversations.

Author/Illustrator:  Violet Plum

Genre:  Juvenile fiction/Christmas story

Recommended for children aged 4 and up

Format:  Paperback (30 pages)

Second edition published by Little Chicken in October 2016

ISBN-10: 1539784738
ISBN-13: 978-1539784739
Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.2 x 21.6 cm

Price: £4

Click here to buy from Amazon UK

Also available from Amazon in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia.  If you’re somewhere where you can’t buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order 😀

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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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The Wicked Witch’s Plan to Get Rid of Everyone

vegan fairy tale

The Wicked Witch’s Plan to Get Rid of Everyone is a grim and gruesome fairy tale in traditional style.  Written by Maud Earnshaw, the tale was originally published under the title The Wicked Wicked Witch and the Ruinous Manipulation and illustrated in black and white by the author, but this new edition, illustrated in full colour by Beatrice Wilberforce, is somehow even more creepy.

In spite of its old fashioned style and supernatural imaginings, this story is strikingly relevant and honest.  The author seems to have looked at the world and puzzled over a reality in which humans are determined to destroy the Earth they depend upon, and decided eventually that there must be some supernatural force – a spell – compelling people to act against all reason.

Beatrice Wilberforce illustrates this edition with original artwork collaged together from her own new drawings and pieces of illustration from other children’s books.  As a result, the images perfectly compliment the story, reflecting the theme of deception central to the prose.  Just as children’s story books often portray animal farming as a good and healthy, happy affair, they hide a sinister truth which is exposed by this book.  In Wilberforce’s collaged images, the truth peaks through the colourful lies.

This is a wonderful, short tale that every child should read so that they can break the spell and save the world.

Author:  Maud Earnshaw

Illustrator:  Beatrice Wilberforce

Genre:  Fairy Tale

Recommended for children aged 7 and up

Format:  Paperback (36 pages)

Published:  October 2016

ISBN-10: 1539406490
ISBN-13: 978-1539406495
Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.2 x 21.6 cm

Price:  £3.80

 Click here to buy from Amazon UK

Also available from Amazon in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia.  If you’re somewhere where you can’t buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order 😀

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Luke Walker: animal stick up for-er

vegan children's story

Luke Walker: animal stick up for-er

Luke Walker is an eight year old boy with a mind of his own. He’s noticed that life often isn’t fair for non-human animals; and that what adults tell him sometimes doesn’t make sense. Wanting to right wrongs, he becomes a vegetarian outlaw who will not play by the rules if the rules mean being unkind. He knows that, in order to do the right thing, he sometimes needs to be sneaky.

These first eight chapters of Luke Walker’s adventures sticking up for animals are funny, inspiring, and very entertaining. Great mischief, great adventures, great fun!

A constant trial to his parents and teachers, Luke Walker is a vegan Just William for the twenty first century.

Best read out loud 😀

If you want to try before you buy, look over here 😉

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

Genre: Juvenile fiction/humour/adventure

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Format: Paperback (148 pages)

Published: April 2016

ISBN-10: 1530509637
ISBN-13: 978-1530509638
Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm

Price:  £4

 Click here to buy from Amazon UK 

Also available from Amazon Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia.  If you’re somewhere where you can’t buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order 😀

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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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