Are you passionate about animal rights and want to help instill that same philosophy in your children? A great place to start is by reading about animal rights in a fun, teachable way. Check our list of nine great animal rights books for kids!

What are Animal Rights?

Animal rights are the act of providing protection to animals that cannot always protect themselves. It goes beyond compassion and includes taking action to do something about the injustice that some animals face. It can happen in small ways, such as donating to animal conservation groups or include larger actions like eating vegan.

Introducing your children at a young age to ways to implement animal rights choices into everyday life is as easy as reading a good book.

9 Animal Rights Book for Kids

The following list of animal rights books includes saving an elephant from certain death, rescuing a dog from a puppy mill, easy ways to go vegan, and a book about animal activist Jane Goodall.

1. V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind by Ruby Roth

Author and artist Ruby Roth writes about the basics of animal rights and a vegan diet in a good-humored, teachable format. In this lovely picture book, Roth teaches about a compassionate lifestyle while bringing her characteristic insight into the sometimes controversial and challenging subject matter. This easy-to-understand book was written with three- to seven-year-olds in mind. It is a must-have for vegan and vegetarian parents, teachers, and activists alike!

2. Elliot and the Racoons’ Wild Party by Ingrid Simunic

This funny and empowering book follows Elliot as he observes a group of raccoons filling up on discarded food all around Sag Harbor the night before HarborFest celebrations. In his adventure, Elliot learns from a wildlife expert that humans should properly secure trash since raccoons are naturally mischievous and funny creatures. Elliot learns the important lesson that raccoons should not suffer from human’s inaction in properly securing their trash.

3. Animal Scientist and Activist Jane Goodall by Douglas Hustad

This nonfiction book explores how an animal scientist and activist Jane Goodall became the face of conservatism through harnessing her passion for animals. As a young child, Goodall loved watching and interacting with animals. Read about her journey to becoming one of the greatest leaders in raising awareness around endangered species.

4. JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House by Diane Rose Sullivan and illustrated by Rachel Cellinese

This charming book follows little Maya, who has wanted a dog for as long as she can remember. When her parents finally decide to buy her a puppy, her uncle finds a homeless puppy that he can’t keep.  Maya and her parents decide to take in JJ, and he inevitably melts their hearts. This sweet book examines how taking in homeless pets can help solve the pet overpopulation problem.

5. A Home for Dakota by Jan Zita Grover

This touching book will bring a joyful tear to the eye of every animal lover. This empathic tale follows Dakota, also known as Dog No. 241, who finds herself in a warm foster home after being rescued from a puppy mill.

6. Saving Lilly by Peg Kehret

Erin Wrenn and her friend David find themselves in trouble because they refuse to participate in a school field trip to the Glitter Tent Circus. By writing a report about the sad lives of circus animals, they discover that Glitter Tent Circus is one of the worst animal abusers of all. While their teacher Mrs. Dawson wants to provide her students with a fun circus experience like she had as a child, Erin and David are trying to persuade students not to participate. Then, Erin finds out that Lilly, a mistreated elephant, is facing a more life-threatening issue. Can Erin, along with her class of sixth-grade friends, make a difference?

7. Vegan is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action by author-illustrator Ruby Roth

This beautifully illustrated book introduces young readers to veganism as a lifestyle of compassion and action. Roth helps readers understand how our daily choices can cause ripples effects both locally and globally, and how we can protect animals, the environment, and people across the world.

8. How Do They Help? The Humane Society by Katie Marsico

This nonfiction book will help readers discover how the Humane Society works and positively contributes to the world. It includes brightly colored photos and informational sidebars for curious readers.

9. Free-Range Farming by Trina Mickelson

In this book, readers discover what “free-range” really means when it comes to buying eggs and meat. They also learn why more and more people are buying locally. It’s an excellent lesson on animal rights and our responsibilities.

Children Are Our Future, Which Means…

We have all heard that children are our future. So, that means we are the teachers of today. These books help pass on the lessons that are important to us and our world. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to share your book recommendations.

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