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When it comes to mindful eating and parenting, you know you are doing something right when your 1-year old toddler likes to pluck shiitake mushrooms and daikon out of his mama's miso soup. "At one year his favorite was bok choy. He would grab it with his little hands," says Alicia Silverstone, when asked about her son Bear's favorite first foods. When it comes to feeding your body—and baby—from pre-pregnancy to birth and beyond, Silverstone is anything but Clueless. On the heels of the release of her latest title, The Kind Mama, Silverstone kindly shares her advice for mamas-to-be.

How long does it take to change your health and your life? Twenty minutes, twice a day, if you ask legendary hip hop producer Russell Simmons, a vegan, yogi, and meditation practitioner.

Move over Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss—make some room on the book shelf for a new, welcome series of children’s books—one that teaches “The ABCs of Being Kind”—both to animals and to our planet. From the author-illlustrator of the much-loved That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals and Vegan is Love, Ruby Roth, comes the just-released V is for Vegan, a fun, uplifting, and educational picture book that introduces young readers to animal rights and environmental issues and the virtues of a plant-based diet. Below, Roth dishes on discovering children’s interest in veganism, the emotional lives of animals, and the writing and illustration style that’s uniquely hers—a style that enables her to present the ugly truth behind factory farming in a way that’s fun, funny, and empowering for young readers.

The average American creates a whopping three pounds of landfill-bound garbage every day. This sobering statistic was enough to inspire Amy Korst, a teacher and longtime vegetarian based in Pacific City, Ore., to go trash-free for a year. In her new book, The Zero-Waste Lifestyle, she describes the inevitable challenges she faced (like, say, figuring out what to do with empty medicine bottles and kitty litter) and offers simple ideas for anyone to try at home. Here, five of our favorites, plus a recipe for Korst's DIY cleaning solution.