Tina Newman reads and introduces Vivi the Supervegan
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‘Vivi the Supervegan’ is a children’s book with a vegan message, designed to encourage children to take a stand and empower them to be compassionate and kind…to all kinds. Author Tina Newman describes her vegan journey here. You can find lockdown activities on the website, and information about the next book in the series.
Hi everybody, I am Tina Newman-author of Vivi the Supervegan; a vegan children’s book series. I am a writer, makeup artist and qualified Animal Nursing Assistant living in Suffolk, UK. I share my home and life with my husband, furry four legged companion Ted the border terrier, and our two own little supervegans; Lyla and Ada. I was born in London and lived there until the age of 30 when we moved to start our life in the country.
I became a vegetarian at the age of 11 after visiting ‘Hillside Animal Sanctuary’ in Norfolk. After making the connection between the animals I loved so dearly and the food I had been eating, I then spent the next 21 years as a vegetarian, believing I was no longer contributing to animal’s suffering.
However, in September 2017 I stumbled across a video entitled ‘This speech is your wakeup call’ by Australian animal rights activist James Aspey.
The speech challenged everything I had previously thought and believed, especially my knowledge and understanding of the dairy and egg industries and I went vegan overnight.
After spending the next few weeks researching and watching many documentaries on Netflix like ‘What the Health,’ ‘Forks over knives’ and ‘Cowspiracy’, my convictions were now so strong that I went to my first activism event in November and have been a passionate animal rights activist spreading awareness and helping to educate others ever since.
The idea of ‘Vivi the Supervegan‘ came about when I went to buy our daughters some vegan books. I soon realised that there was a lack of children’s stories out there with a vegan message. So I wrote Vivi the Supervegan, with the hope that it will encourage children to take a stand, empower them to be compassionate and kind. I hope it will help them understand that they have power with their choices and in educating and inspiring others to make changes.
Find more vegan children’s books on the Vegan Family Guide website