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Excerpt from "A Vegan Child's Journey" 
by Genesis' mother, Genelle, who describes how Genesis led her to live vegan.

Published by Vegan Publishers

Genesis says, “I love being vegan because I know I am not hurting animals by eating them, animals can stay with their mommies, I am healthier because I don’t eat animals, and
​I feel like I can express what is in my heart a lot more now that I don’t eat animals.”

     "She is a gymanst and trains 8 hours a week. She said she thinks all athletes should go vegan because not only will it make you stronger physically, but it will also make you stronger mentally because you realize you can do whatever you want as long as you put your mind to it. I think this is the most important lesson, besides compassion, that she has learned from going vegan because she has realized, if she could give up eating animal products, then she can accomplish anything!"

Why Vegan Nutrition
is Safe for Children
​and Answers to Important Concerns:


Genesis Butler

"In Ruby's book, Vegan Is Love, she introduces young readers to veganism
as a lifestyle of compassion and action. Broadening the scope of her popular first book, That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, Ruby illustrates how our daily choices ripple out locally and globally, conveying what we can do to protect animals,
​the environment, and people across the world."

"Ruby's message is direct but sensitive, bringing into sharp focus what it means to 'put our love into action.' Featuring empowering back-of-the-book resources on action children can take themselves, this is the next step for adults and kids alike to create a more sustainable and compassionate world."

"Powerful and important!" ~ Jane Goodall, UN Ambassador
"Desperately needed in today's world." ~ Ric O'Barry, Author of The Cove
"A must-have for anyone who loves animals." ~ Alicia Silverstone
"This book will help create the much-needed healers and leaders
 of​ tomorrow."  
~ Kathy Freston, NY Times bestselling author
 of Quantum Wellness.

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Created by Lila Copeland when she was 13 years old and already vegan for two years, with the help of her mom. Lila is "a girl from California whose deep concern for the future of her generation and those coming behind gave rise to her desire to create a movement toward a plant-based, empathetic global society.  Lila has been a clean food and animal rights activist since the age of eight, marching with fellow activists for GMO transparency and animal welfare, working to pass Prop 37 'California's Right to Know' Act, as well as protesting factory farming, the number one source of environmental pollution on our planet."

Free Guide for Young People Going Vegan

Lila says, "I created this guide for all the students and young people we see in our travels doing outreach  as well as for our discussion forums in schools and clubs.

Contact us if you’d like us to do a forum at your school or club!


Vegan Is Love by Ruby Roth


"Children who are supported in their love for animals tend to generalize that love to other living things, such as plants and nature ... and tend to be more sensitive and caring toward other people."
— Patty Born Selly

Lila Copeland

Kid's Can Be Natural, Healthy Vegans!

FREE Nutrition guide from the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine.

​Click on the image to download the pdf file.

Patty Born Selly writes in
Nurturing Children's Love for Animals:

"Research shows that humans’ innate
interest in animals is biological: we are
drawn to species that are “other” than 
human and in many cases have an instinct
to want to care for or nurture ​creatures
that are small and vulnerable. 

"Unlike adults who tend to value animals
for what they can provide (food,leather,
wool), or how they can serve us, children
value animals simply because they are.
They recognize the intrinsic value of animals — 
simply because they are living creatures,
​they are important.

Building Connection, Empathy, and Stewardship

"A growing body of research shows that children who are supported in their love for animals tend to generalize that love to other living things, such  as plants and nature. Research also shows that when children are encouraged to care for animals, they tend to be more sensitive and caring toward other people as well. 

"Supporting children in their growing awareness and interest in animals can lead to deeper feelings of empathy in young children, more positive classroom relationships, and social-emotional development. As children have experiences with animals, they learn about differences and similarities,   needs (such as for food, shelter, water and space),
​and compassion and empathy can grow and deepen."

Patty Born Selly is the Executive Director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St Catherine University in St Paul, Minnesota. As the founder of Small Wonders, a nature-and-science education consulting company offering services to schools, faith-based communities, and other organizations.

Patty can be reached at: pselly01@hamline.edu

Kids Naturally Love Animals!

"Vegan diets can be healthful,  nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and ​treatment of certain diseases. Plant-based foods are appropriate for all stages of life, from infancy through advanced age.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics