Gentle children's books
Time for Storytime: Ed Vere reads How to be a Lion
Story time - I Am Henry Finch
The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight (The Storybook Knight)
Preschool, Infants, Activities, Nonviolence, Local library, Not vegan, Peace
I Am Henry Finch
Alexis Deacon, Silvia Viviane Schwarz
An award winning book of depth and beauty; to which my child origionally didn't react. Later they started to ask for it more, comment on the plot, and make the sound of intestines (it's in the book). The finger print finches lead predictable lives, until Henry realises he doesn't have to. Unfortunately, he is immediately swallowed by 'The Beast'. Henry listens kindly to The Beast's reasons, telepathically encourages them to adopt a plant based diet, and be spat out. His example empowers other finches.
Published by Walker Books for ages 2 to 8. Learning resources.
Preschool, Infants, Nonviolence, Activities, Local library, Peace, ebook
How to be a Lion
Leonard is one of my favourite characters. Unsurprisingly, he was created by an award winning author, who is also artist in residence at the Born Free Foundation. Leonard is a lion, and model for gentle masculinity. With Marianne the duck by his side, he writes poetry and appreciates the moment. However, other lions suggest Leonard should 'chomp' Marianne. Together they remain strong, contemplate, and respond through verse on the theme of mutual repect and tolerance. The language and images have heartfelt poise, but also a sense of humour.
Preschool, Infants, Nonviolence, Local library, Peace
T Veg: The Story of a Carrot Crunching Dinosaur
Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Katherina Manolessou
Written by an award winning author, and BookTrust writer in residence; T Veg. bounces along with rhythm, rhyme, and joyful colour. Reginald's love of vegetarian food is not accepted by his peers, so he runs away... only to return and save the day. He is welcomed back by the other dinosaurs, who realised they missed him. A story of hope for many of us who have been through this process.
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. printed on FSC paper in China. For ages 2 to 7+.
Preschool, Infants, Toddlers, Empathy, Representative, Activities, Mindfulness, Peace
Mindfulness for Vegan Children
Julia Barcalow, Kara Maria
A pastel calming journey around the world with an inclusive group of children. Imagine the sights and sounds, taste the air, and cuddle cutesey animals. Simple rhymes and philosophy.
Published by Vegan Kids Press.
Preschool, Toddlers, Activism, Nonviolence, Peace, Representative
Junebug: No Life Too Small
Nicole Daniels, Addy Rivera Sonda
June explains to her inclusive group of friends why insects deserve our kindness. Talking to friends is an achievable goal for little children to copy.
Infants, Juniors, Nonviolence, Activities, Peace
Herb the Vegetarian Dragon
Jules Bass, Debbie Harter
The pictures in this award winning book are warm in colour and detailed enough to hold interest. It offers a moral twist on traditional tales. There are a lot of words for a little one, but more interest for the parent. The book has scarey moments, and pictures of weapons.
Published by Barefoot Books/ Abrams and Chronicle, printed in Asia with vegetable inks, printing partners carry ICTI CARE (or equivalent) certification. For ages 5-8. Learning resources- quiz questions.
Not vegan, Peace, Local library, Preschool
The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight
Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty
A bookish mouse child is sent on a quest to fight mythical monsters with a sword. Instead he reads stories to calm them down. The book rhymes, which we like; and the pictures have multicoloured and moving light.
Activities: Discussion prompts, and mouse mask, monster colouring, spot the difference and drawing lesson.
Not vegan, Peace, Preschool, Local library
The Sunflower Sword
Mark Sperring and Miriam Latimer
A child wants to join the others in their daily sword battle against dragons. Their mother suggests they play with a sunflower- a versatile toy. The child waves it around, and a dragon comes to admire. We have reserved this one from the library.
Not vegan, Peace, Preschool, Infants, Local library, ebook
Zog/ Zog and the Flying Doctors
series and sticker activity book, videos
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
By The Gruffalo's team, and therefore definitely in your local library: Zog's dragon school work slowly improves through his perseverance, and with the help of a princess and a knight. Together they all decide they would rather become doctors than gender stereotypes. The knight lays down his sword.
We read this book several times. Recently, my child has been talking about this story often, after we watched the Zog film with a free trial of Amazon Prime. There were scary scenes in the film, but my child was inspired by watching it with company. I think the Zog character has a relatable quality.
Activities: Lesson plan, colouring, maze, worksheet and gold stars, doctor's bag cutting and sticking, medicine ingredients worksheet, snail trails, activity ideas, activity ideas, writing sheets.
Published by Scholastic for ages 3 to 5+.
Not vegan, Peace, Infants, Juniors, ebook
Anh's Anger series
and other mindfulness books, songs, meditations and video
Multicultural award books in which a boy learns to control his temper through meditation.
Not vegan, Peace, Infants, audiobook
The Story of Ferdinand book and film
Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson
The young bull is not interested in fighting, and prefers to appreciate the beauty of nature. Sadly, once grown up, Ferdinand is taken to a bull fight. The 'ladies' in the audience wear real flowers, and he is lost in the moment smelling the scents. He too might like a nice hat. Ferdinand does not fight, and the humans take him home to live the rest of his life in peace. We haven't seen the film, as I'm not sure how scary it would be.