Children’s book author Stephanie Dreyer—also known as VeegMama—just released her first vegan children’s book: Not A Nugget. This book makes it easy to introduce young kids to food concepts, making these complex topics instantly simple and fun. Enjoy this interview with the author!
Stephanie, what inspired you to write Not A Nugget?
The idea literally came to me in the middle of the night! I was about 2 years into my blog, VeegMama, and was also a children’s book writer. I had been struggling with how to bring the passion I have for veganism and educating others about it to my children’s books. I went to bed that night and awoke with the idea for Not A Nugget. I scribbled it down in the dark, woke the next morning and drafted it out. This book is my attempt to give children information that connects them with the animals they love so that they make different choices about their food.
What tips do you have for parents who want to share hash realities with their kids in an age-appropriate way? (Books like this are a great start!)
My advice is to live by example and share your passion with them. I think there are lots of ways to explore the topic of veganism with kids. Books like Not A Nugget are great, as are movies (Free Birds, 101 Dalmations, and Babe are some of my favorites). They open the topic up for discussion. Give kids a little information, and you will plant a seed that will foster their natural curiosity to question and make sense of the world. I also suggest visiting an animal sanctuary so that you can share how animals should be treated and explain why those places exist.
What advice would you give to families aspiring to go vegan?
Start slow by switching out one product at a time, or going meatless one meal at a time. Once the family is comfortable and has found some favorites, build in another meal. Be sure to educate everyone in the family as to why you are making the change so that when temptation arises, you have a greater good to stay strong for. Make it fun. Read books together. Cook meals together. Garden, plant, visit and play with animals.
What is one book that has inspired you?
What advice would you give to yourself when you first became a mom?
Don’t strive to be perfect, just better. Live by example – it’s the easiest and most successful way to teach your kids. They are always watching and want to be just like you 🙂
What other projects do you have on the horizon—are there more children’s books in your future?
I have a follow-up book to this one in the works, as well some other fiction children’s books. I also have my blog, VeegMama.com, and YouTube show, The Good Life With VeegMama, that are continuing to evolve and present new opportunities. I am grateful for all of the creativity and inspiration flowing to me!