I had the pleasure of reading a great new children's book written by Stephanie Dreyer, Not A Nugget. It's wonderfully illustrated with simple sentences of compassion for our animal friends.
Buy the book here. Stephanie took some time out to answer my questions about her book.
Why did you decide to write your book?
I find that many people have no idea about where their food comes from or the process it goes through to get to their plate. Once people have the information, they are influenced to make different choices. This book is my attempt at helping to bridge that education gap to give children the opportunity to question what is on their plate. I also wanted to give children information that would connect animals with themselves, to humanize animals so that they could realize how alike they are to each other - sentient beings that have just as much right to live and breathe in this world as they do.
What do you hope to achieve with the release?
I hope to inspire children and families to make more compassionate choices about what they eat.
What has the response been like so far?
The response has been loving and supportive, especially from the vegan community, but also non vegans who appreciate compassionate and healthy living. I am thrilled to see how well received the book has been.
What’s the message you want people to take from your book?
Animals are our friends, not food.
What are your future plans?
I have a follow up book to this one in the works, as well some other children’s books I am working on. I also have my blog, VeegMama.com
, and YouTube show, The Good Life With VeegMama
, that are continuing to evolve and present new opportunities.
How long did the book take to make from creation to release?
The whole process started in March with the inception of the idea and writing the text. I published it in August. Looking back, it happened so quickly, but it was a long, detailed process from writing to illustrating it, to publishing it. I also created some special resources on my website for families
to continue their learning about plant-based eating, including lesson plans and articles.
What other vegan people helped you with the book?
I worked with a photographer to create the beautiful illustrations. Other than that, it was just me!
More about Stephanie:
Stephanie Dreyer is the founder of VeegMama, a vegan lifestyle brand sharing new approaches to healthy living, and the host of YouTube’s “The Good Life With VeegMama.” She is on a mission to excite children about eating fruits and vegetables, while encouraging families to cook together and live healthier.
Her eBook, VeegMama’s Guide To Going Vegan, is an Amazon Bestseller. Stephanie has been featured on KCAL 9 in Los Angeles and Chickpea Magazine. She is a proud partner of Raddish Kids, providing vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free recipe substitutions for their monthly subscription boxes. Stephanie is also a contributor on the popular websites, World of Vegan and Girlie Girl Army, and has been featured on several websites, including PETAKids, The San Francisco Vegetarian Examiner, SheKnows, The Active Times, and Care.com. Her first children’s book, Not A Nugget, is now available on Amazon.
Stephanie holds a M.S. in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Communications from The University of California, San Diego. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. When she’s not writing at her laptop or chasing after her kids, you can find her cooking something delicious or reading something wonderful. Visit her at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.