By JESSICA ALMY
As in years past, we are celebrating Vegbooks’ birthday by sharing with you our favorite books for kids of the same age. This year we’re turning six, and without further ado, we present our top picks for 6-year-old veg kids. Jennifer Kali suggests that readers check out Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat. She also reports that the Magic School Bus series is a great choice:
My 6-year-old loves all things science, especially Magic School Bus. Right now we are working our way through the chapter books, reading them aloud together. We’ve found three so far that have strong animal welfare themes that my vegetarian 6-year-old loves: Wild Whale Watch, Butterfly Battle and Food Chain Frenzy.
Kristin Wald recommends The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart:
This is a beautiful picture book about transition, adapting, and finding your place. The story is told via letters written by the main character Isabel. She has left her home in Mexico and writes to her beloved Aunt Lupita as the months pass. We follow Isabel through disappointments and joy and loneliness and family strength. I also love this book because it emphasizes the importance of language and words and being yourself even as you grow. 6-year-olds navigating the social trials of school and new friends will relate to it.
Homa Woodrum has three recommendations:
The Princess in Black – I avoided this book for a while just because it was so popular but it deserves the attention – it was a hit with both my son and daughter. Great book for an older sibling to read to a younger one, so for a budding reader it can help give them confidence and also entertain a pre-reader. A bit of fantasy violence but it is age-appropriate, I think. Bink & Gollie – I love the friendship of Bink and Gollie. Sometimes they’re irrational, sometimes they’re thick as thieves, but they’re always friends in the end. The strongest book is the first one. Mr. Putter and Tabby – An older man adopts an older cat and they enjoy the quiet life despite getting into adventures anyway. Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish has Mr. Putter trying to bring a fish in the home but Tabby finding herself unable to tear herself away from watching it. Mr. Putter and Tabby are very much equals and the formula just works.
And me? I’ll go with the hilarious and compassionate picture book Granny Gomez and Jigsaw by Deborah Underwood. Click here to see our picks for 5-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 2-year-olds, and 1-year-olds. What are your kids’ favorite books at the moment? Tell us in the comments.