8 Kids Books for Green Families – Vegetarian, Yoga, and more!


Are you a family who may be a bit more environmentally conscious? Perhaps you’re vegetarian? You drive a Volt or maybe even have an old-fashioned push mower? Well, finding books that support your life style is easy… if you’re an adult! But, what about books that help your child feel well, normal? Those books are a bit more hard to find. Here is a list of 8 books that are perfect for the kids in a green family! I find that Barefoot Books resonate well with our family values / goals and that’s just one reason I’m an Ambassador for Barefoot Books.

8 Green Books for Kids and their families

HerbTheVegetarianDragon_PB_W_1All the dragons in the forest of Nogard like nothing better than raiding Castle Dark and carrying off princesses to eat – all the dragons, that is, except one. Herb is at his happiest tending his vegetable patch, for Herb is a vegetarian. So it is unfortunate that he is the one captured by the castle’s knights in armor. Treacherous Meathook and his dragon cronies will only help Herb if he agrees to eat meat – will he give in to their blackmail. Jules Bass’s lighthearted story combines with Debbie Harter’s jaunty illustrations to make this a hilarious picture book that also offers young readers plenty of food for thought.
Ages 5 to 7 years


Yoga for Parents and Kids

yoga book for kidsLimber up with this unique, child-friendly yoga book! Created for parents and children to share together, but also suitable for adults and older children to use alone, My Daddy is a Pretzel not only introduces a range of postures, it also connects the practices to everyday life, showing how families can integrate their yoga with their activities in the world. A light-hearted look at yoga, yet one with a lasting message, My Daddy is a Pretzel is a wonderful introduction to yoga for readers of all shapes and sizes. NAPRA Nautilus Award Finalist
For all ages


garden book for kidsIn this delightful peek-a-boo book, children are invited to look through the holes on every other page to answer the repeating refrain, “Who’s coming to see how my garden grows?” The energetic, rhyming text introduces all sorts of creatures that are busy in the garden. Notable Books for Children, Smithsonian Magazine
Ages 1 to 4 years


eco conscious book with messages from around the worldLearn how different cultures around the world set out to live in harmony with the natural world in this popular anthology, now in paperback. The seven folk tales are each followed by a hands-on activity that promotes green living and reinforces the eco-messages of the stories. Gold nautilus Book Award Winner. Winner of the American Folklore Society Aesop Accolade NAPRA Nautilus Award Winner
Ages 5 to 11 years


importance of bees book for kidsTold from the viewpoint of a child whose Grandpa is a beekeeper, this rhyming text offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the behavior of bees, including: where they live, how honey is made, and what a beekeeper does. Children will love learning about the vital role of bees in the ecosystem, and will be delighted to find a delicious muffin recipe on the final page!
Ages 5 to 9 years


nepali kids book, multicultural, green eco friendly bookA heartwarming story set in Nepal of two resourceful sisters who bring the safety of solar-powered light to their family.•
NEPALI CULTURE: Provides authentic introduction to Nepali village culture. Includes map of Nepal and educational endmatter
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Global issue of solar power replacing unsafe, unhealthy fossil fuel power at core of story. Includes instructions for making a solar-powered pizza oven
• FEMINISM: Two sisters cooperate as young entrepreneurs to help their sick baby brother
Ages 6 to 10 years


backyard garden enthusiasts and eating local books for kidsThis beautifully told story follows Billy from early spring to late summer as he helps his grandpa on his vegetable patch. They dig the hard ground, sow rows of seeds, and keep them watered and safe from slugs. When harvest time arrives they can pick all the vegetables and fruit they have grown. Children will be drawn in by the poetry of the language and the warm illustrations, while also catching the excitement of watching things grow!
Ages 3 to 7 years


story about seeds and waiting patientlyWhat’s This? Learn the basics of how plants grow in this springtime story. When a young girl plants a seed, she learns she must be patient to achieve results. She is rewarded by a beautiful sunflower, and brings her flower to school to share the seeds with her entire class. Includes notes about roots, shoots, flowers and seeds.
Ages 3 to 7 years Written By: Caroline Mockford

Which of these books like something you’d enjoy reading with your child?

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  1. Barefoot Books does have marvelous books for children. I have purchased several as gifts over the years. The children have never failed to love them!

  2. Oh my goodness! These look perfect for our family. We’re always looking for fun ways to reach our little ones how to be green. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Thank you so much for this list! My daughter absolutely loves gardening so a lot of these books so wonderful for her. I will definitely be checking them out!

  4. Its important to read books to our children that back up our values as a family. I really firmly believe in this because the world wants them one way and we know whats best. This goes for vegetarians, vegans, people with cultural and religious backgrounds.

  5. Not only are these delightful and educational books, their titles also put a smile on my face. They would make a great gift.


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