Should we be learning compassion for animals at the same time as our ABCs? Ruby Roth thinks so: her new illustrated book, V is for Vegan, gives kids aged 3 and up a fun introduction to veganism in 26 sentences. Roth will entertain us with rhymes from the book, but we’ll also get serious about navigating the tricky waters of grown-ups’ concerns around veganism and children.
It all started when the children in Ruby Roth’s art class asked why she didn’t eat the cheese strings at snack break. She went looking for a book she could read with the children, one that covered the full gamut of reasons for her veganism in a child-appropriate way. When she didn’t find one, she wrote and illustrated her own.