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PETA Kids has hand-selected the 47 best books for raising compassionate kids. Check out our definitive list of animal-friendly books below, and get started instilling compassion for animals in your kids each time they flip a page.
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In this book about being an individual, Baa Humbug is a sheep with a mind of his own. He doesn't follow the herd, and he teaches us that it's OK to be different.
Benji Bean Sprout Doesn't Eat Meat!
Benji "Bean Sprout" is just like any other boy, except for one thing: He doesn't eat meat. Follow Benji as he visits adorable animals at an animal sanctuary and discovers why he's a vegetarian.
Benny Brontosaurus Goes to a Party!
After moving to a new neighborhood, Benny Brontosaurus is invited to his neighbor Ty Rex's birthday party and is nervous about being the only herbivore at a carnivore's party.
Black Beauty's story begins when he is a handsome, spirited young colt enjoying a carefree existence frolicking in the meadows with his mother and other horses. But his idyllic life changes when he's sold to a series of other people who don't always treat him kindly. Through Black Beauty's struggles and pain, we learn that horses and all animals deserve to be treated with kindness.
Blueberries for Sal
A human mother and her little girl go up the mountain to pick wild blueberries to preserve for the winter. At the same time, a bear mother and her little cub go up the other side of the mountain in search of blueberries to eat to prepare them for the winter. See what happens when the two mothers find that their little ones have inadvertently changed places!
Bones and Teef
Bertie Baggins asks his friend Sally Shaw why she drinks cow's milk in this book that teaches kids how to get calcium from a vegan diet with fun rhymes and pictures.
The Boy Who Loved All Living Things
This is Albert Schweitzer's imaginary childhood journal, in which he recounts how his animal friends taught him to be kind to all living creatures.
The Boy Who Loved Broccoli
Baxter loves broccoli, and it gives him superpowers. He goes on to perform good deeds and convinces other people to eat broccoli so that they can be superheroes, too!
Buddy the dog was left chained outside without clean water or food. Follow his story, from his sad life in a backyard to the hope of being adopted into a loving home!
Charlotte's Web is the most famous animal-friendly children's book of all time! Wilbur the pig knows that his life on the farm is in trouble when he discovers that he's destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner. That is, until his friends Fern the girl, Templeton the rat, and Charlotte the spider decide to help him.
The Chicken Gave It to Me
Narrated by a chicken on a farm, this book exposes readers to the cruelty of using animals for food as well as to the common hopes that we all share.
Cows Are Vegetarians
This is an easy-to-understand book about the reasons for kids to go vegetarian. It explores the choice to go vegetarian and its effects on the environment, our health, and animals.
Do Animals Have Feelings Too?
This captivating and thought-provoking collection of true stories of animal behavior is a terrific way for children to consider feelings—whether animal or human.
Ferdinand the Bull
Ferdinand is a peaceful bull who enjoys smelling the flowers and lying under a tree. Unfortunately, men who are looking for the "biggest, fattest, meanest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid think that Ferdinand is exactly the one they are looking for after they see him get upset about being stung by a bee!
The Forgotten Door
A boy named Jon from another world falls through a door in space and ends up on Earth. Little by little, his kind rescuers learn that he can read minds and talk to animals—and he refuses to eat meat. Find out if Jon is able to find his way back home.
Fred Eats a Pea
Fred the dog thinks he hates peas but finds that when you try new things, you often like them.
Hannah asks for a gorilla for her birthday and is sad when she gets only a stuffed one. That is, until the toy suddenly turns into a real gorilla and we see why wild animals deserve to be left in the wild!
The Great Pig Escape
During their long drive to the market, Bert and Ethel's pigs mysteriously disappear.
Hetty and Harriet
A foolish young hen and her slightly older, wiser friend look for the perfect home.
Hope: A Pig's Tale
Hope, a young piglet born on a factory farm, is injured, thrown away, and left to die—until some compassionate folks come to her rescue. She's taken to an animal sanctuary, where she gets to frolic and have fun.
Hubert the Pudge
Hubert is a pudge, and pudges can't ever grow up because they are sent to the slaughterhouse to be turned into TV dinners and other greasy food products. Hubert goes on a mission to save his fellow pudges and teach the farmer a lesson in compassion.
Hunter and His Dog
A hunter tries to teach his new dog to hunt ducks, but the dog doesn't want to. Instead, he nurses injured ducks back to health. When the hunter learns what his dog is doing, he realizes that it's wrong to hunt.
I'm Not Dinner!
Brightly colored pictures illustrate this book for small children in which chickens, cows, and pigs tell little ones that they are not for dinner.
JJ the American Street Dog
Maya's parents are about to buy her a dog, but then her uncle gives her a dog he found on the streets. Although her parents are reluctant to take in the stray, they grow to love their new dog and learn that rescuing dogs can be very rewarding.
The Lady and the Spider
A spider's serene life on a lettuce leaf is disturbed when a woman harvests it to eat, providing an anecdote that reminds us of the effect of our actions on animals' lives and our environment.
The Magic Finger
The Gregg family loves to hunt, but the little girl who lives next door to them thinks that it's horrible. After pleading with them to stop, the angry girl's magic finger turns them into birds. Before they know it, they're living in a nest, and their troubles have just begun.
Mitch Spinach and the Smell of Victory
Mitch Spinach receives a message to help the principal find the missing key to the trophy case. Using his remarkable sense of smell and vegan brain power, Mitch solves the mystery of the lost key.
The animals of Farm Sanctuary write poems and rhymes about being rescued and given a second chance after grim lives on factory farms.
Peace, Love and Vegetables
Herb isn't like the other dragons. Instead of eating princesses like the others, Herb is a peace-loving vegetarian dragon who isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes in.
Perfect the Pig
Perfect the Pig can fly, so he's kidnapped by a greedy entertainer. His friend Olive must rescue him before the entertainer can take him away.
The Secret Life of Mitch Spinach
Mitch Spinach seems to be an ordinary boy, but his classmates begin to suspect something's different about him after they see him drinking mysterious smoothies of fruits and veggies and reading notes written in code from his lunchbox. The truth is that his smoothies give him superpowers!
Steven the Vegan
Steven the Vegan helps kids explain to their friends why they are vegan. The story takes place on a school field trip to a local farm, where Steven tells his friends why he sees animals as friends and not food and shows them where their food comes from.
The Super Crazy Cat Dance
In this rollicking tale, cats of all shapes, sizes, and colors populate a little girl's world and inspire her to create a crazy and kooky dance.
The Super Duper Dog Park
Welcome to the Super Dog Park, an awesome amusement park where dogs get to ride bikes, fly kites, and enjoy an unforgettable day.
That's Why We Don't Eat Animals
This book introduces young readers to vegetarianism and veganism. The book shows readers how to live a vegan lifestyle and raises issues for parents and children to discuss about eating animals.
Follow the adventures of the Veggie Bunch as they try to find hidden treasure and encounter Tommy Tofu, who teaches them many lessons about themselves and healthy eating.
A Turkey for Thanksgiving
Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite their animal friends for Thanksgiving, but Turkey doesn't show up. What terrified Turkey doesn't realize is that they want him as their guest, not their dinner! He hides out as his friends try to find him.
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
The day before Thanksgiving, eight boys and girls take a field trip to a turkey farm and are shocked to find out that Farmer Nuggett plans to kill all the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners.
Vegan is Love
This book introduces veganism to young readers as a lifestyle of compassion and action, exploring issues such as animal experimentation, animals in entertainment, and eating meat.
Vegan Lunch Box
Offering an exciting array of 130 vegan recipes and foods, this book gives parents ideas for lunches that their kids will actually want to eat.
Vegan Lunch Box Around the World
This book features 125 vegan recipes and foods from around the world, providing ideas for even the pickiest eaters, and includes nutritional and allergy information.
When Victor attends a picnic with vegetarian animals who share their food with him, he enjoys a variety of snacks and learns what foods to eat in order to stay healthy.
Victor, the Vegetarian
Victor wants to save his two lambs after he finds out that his father wants to eat them, so he runs away with them into the woods.
When Anju Loved Being an Elephant
Growing up in her natural habitat with her family on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Anju loved being an elephant. That all changed when she was stolen and sold to an American circus and forced to spend decades traveling around the country to entertain crowds.
Where Are You Going Deidra?
Deidra the cow keeps disappearing, but she won't tell anyone where she's going. When the farmer finds her one day hiding in a field, he also finds her calf and realizes that it's wrong to steal the calf away for Deidra's milk.
Who Cares about Animal Rights?
Who Cares About Animal Rights? presents the major issues and arguments of the animal rights movement in an easy-to-understand way for young readers, helping them identify problems with factory farming, animal experimentation, and animal exploitation.
Aurora wants to buy a coat, but she refuses to purchase one after the department store clerk tells her that they came from animals. The salesperson claims that animals no longer need their fur. A skeptical Aurora ventures into the forest to investigate and ends up teaching the salesperson a lesson in animal rights.