Gentle children's books

Gentle children's books

Gentle children's books
Time for Storytime: Ed Vere reads How to be a Lion

Time for Storytime: Ed Vere reads How to be a Lion

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Story time - I Am Henry Finch

Story time - I Am Henry Finch

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The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight (The Storybook Knight)

The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight (The Storybook Knight)

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I Am Henry Finch

Faded Shapes

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.

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How to be a Lion

Faded Shapes

Ed Vere

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. 

Published by Penguin for ages 3 to 7. Learning resources.  including a lion mask template.

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T Veg: The Story of a Carrot Crunching Dinosaur

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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

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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.

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Junebug: No Life Too Small

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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. 

Vegan Publishers

Infants, Juniors, Nonviolence, Activities, Peace

Herb the Vegetarian Dragon

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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.

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The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight

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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.

Published by Scholastic for ages 0 to 5.  Available from eBay , Foyles

Not vegan, Peace, Preschool, Local library

The Sunflower Sword

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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.

Craft suggestion.
Published by Andersen Press Ltd for ages 0 to 5. eBay

Not vegan, Peace, Preschool, Infants, Local library, ebook

Zog/ Zog and the Flying Doctors
series and sticker activity book, videos

Faded Shapes

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+.  

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Anh's Anger series
and other mindfulness books, songs, meditations and video

Faded Shapes

Gail Silver

Multicultural award books in which a boy learns to control his temper through meditation. 

Activities: Discussion questions and craft activity, songs/ meditations and video 

Published by Parallax Press for ages 6 to 8.  Available from eBay , Hive epub download books, Waterstones

Not vegan, Peace, Infants, audiobook

The Story of Ferdinand book and film

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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.  

Activities: a song, discussion, discussion, discussion, activities.

Published by Faber & Faber for ages 5 to 6.  Available from eBay, Foyles, audiobook Libro.FM

Not vegan, Peace, Infants, Juniors

Together: Animal partnerships in the wild

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Isabel Otter and Clover Robin

Cooperation or mutual aid among animals in haiku poem form.  Kropotkin for kids.  

Published by Little Tiger Press. 

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