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Children's Nonfiction Diet & Nutrition


A Fresh Look at What You Eat

by (author) Sarah Elton

illustrated by Julie McLaughlin

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
May 2017
Diet & Nutrition, Values & Virtues, Cooking & Food, Environmental Conservation & Protection
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2017
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8


Humans are eating more meat than ever before. At the same time, vegetarianism is capturing more widespread attention. From Meatless Mondays to vegan options, people are talking more about meat and whether or not to eat it.

Journalist Sarah Elton tackles the topic by explaining what vegetarianism is, why people choose it, and how their reasons—including religion, animal rights, food security, and the environmental cost of eating meat—have changed over time. The book closes with practical tips for making the switch, and perspectives from vegetarian kids.

As a conflicted meat eater herself, Elton encourages freedom to choose. Lively illustrations, sidebars, and sources, plus a glossary, index, and further reading suggestions make this a friendly, comprehensive introduction to why some people eat meat, why others don't, and what kids might consider when making that choice for themselves.

About the authors

SARAH ELTON is the author of Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens—How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat, an instant national bestseller that won gold at the Canadian Culinary Book Awards. The food columnist for CBC Radio’s Here and Now, Elton has written for The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and She lives in Toronto.


Sarah Elton's profile page

Julie McLaughlin is an award-winning illustrator whose work includes commissions for editorial, advertising and publishing clients from around the world. Her previous books have been nominated for several awards, and she won the 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for Why We Live Where We Live. She is the illustrator of What Animals Want in the Orca Think series and Pride Puppy! Julie grew up on the Prairies and now resides on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


Julie McLaughlin's profile page


  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Award
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Non-Fiction
  • Commended, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada's 2018 Information Book Award
  • Fall 2017 Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck Award

Editorial Reviews

"This even-handed, supportive, and well-written examination of food choice will fill a gap in many nonfiction collections."


"This text is interesting and thought provoking, presenting many points of view. It should certainly lead to lively discussion."

Resource Links

"Whether reading for research or looking to make a lifestyle change, this book will provide readers with ample information."

Green Teacher

"The author's balanced approach to this topic is broad and yet includes specifics that would relate to a wide audience of readers... Recommended."

Canadian Review of Materials

"Nonjudgmental... Colourful, cartoonish illustrations complement the text of this accessible took for those considering non-meat lifestyle choices... Recommended."

School Library Connection

"Take[s] a look related issues with great success. ...Using a straightforward approach, the author delivers a text that is both engaging and insightful."

Quill & Quire

"Clear and kid-friendly... Great for discussions of health, diet, and the environment."

School Library Journal

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