Let’s face it, veganism can take a toll on your mental health. It is emotionally exhausting to constantly be inundated with stories of the very real abuse constantly endured by our non-human friends. So, when you’ve read enough bad news and need a break, check out the titles below. These books emphasize joy and share small triumphs in the world of veganism and animal rights.

How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World
by Henry Mance

Filled with first-hand experience and a keen sense of empathy, Henry Mance shares his practical advice for making the world a better place for both humans and animals. Though Mance does discuss subjects like slaughter, climate change, and deforestation, he does so with an understanding that hope is not lost.

Read the full review here.

The Joyful Vegan
by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Of course, this list could not exist without the work of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, owner and creator of Joyful Vegan. Patrick-Goudreau writes with a genuine passion for her subject like few others. Here, she shares practical tips for self-care, remaining vegan through personal strife, and learning when to engage with and when to ignore harmful rhetoric.

Read the full review here.

Illustrated book cover for Bear Boy: The True Story of a Boy, Two Bears, and the Fight to Be Free.

Bear Boy
by Justin Barker

Bear Boy is the true story of Justin Barker and his fight to free two neglected bears from a defunct zoo. The story is told beautifully and shares themes of personal growth, freedom, and emotional connection. If you were ever concerned about younger generations picking up the fight for animal rights, give this book a read.

Read the full review here.

Esther the Wonder Pig
by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter with Caprice Crane

Who doesn’t want to read about an adorable 600 pound pig? Check out this book for a fun, uplifting story about love, family, and the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary. When you’re finished, follow Esther on Instagram!

Allowed to Grow Old
by Isa Lesko

Have you ever actually seen an elderly farm animal? Most die so young, that we only have mental pictures of juvenile cows, pigs, and chickens. In this photography book, Isa Lesko shares beautiful images of senior animals that have been rescued by farm sanctuaries. Take a look through this series of Lesko’s work if you ever need a reminder of what you are fighting for.

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