10 Vegan Books You Need to Read

Whether you’re a fully-fledged vegan or want to live more ethically, these are the best vegan books to challenge how you eat and think forever.

Best vegan books to read

From practical guides to fantasy fiction, each will help widen your perspective, empower you with information and help you live a more compassionate lifestyle.

1. How to go Vegan by Veganuary

Our ultimate ‘how-to’ book proves that going vegan can be easy and stress-free. As well as exploring the many reasons why people opt for a vegan lifestyle, this book is jam-packed with practical tips and advice.

Covering everything from eating out and cooking at home to shopping and dealing with difficult questions, it will give you the tools you need to adopt a more ethical lifestyle.

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How to Go Vegan New Edition

2. This is Vegan Propaganda by Ed Winters

Vegan educator Ed Winters (aka Earthling Ed) is known for his thought-provoking videos and talks, and this groundbreaking book is no different.

He explores the modern factory farming industries and their marketing tactics, the psychology behind people’s actions and why we perceive some animals as food and others as companions.

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This is Vegan Propaganda
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3. How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World by Henry Mance

The UK is a nation of animal lovers…or so we thought. In his thought-provoking and detailed book, Henry Mance explores our ‘love’ for animals in the age of factory farming, climate crisis and pandemics.

This informative, eye-opening book takes us on a journey that asks whether there is a fairer way to treat animals, as well as exploring ethical dilemmas around hunting, visiting zoos and pet ownership. How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World is a must-read for vegans and non-vegans.

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How to Love Animals

4. Think Like a Vegan by Emilia A. Leese

Whether you’ve participated in Veganuary for the first time or you’re interested in the many facets of veganism, this book is sure to answer all your questions.

Covering everything from topics such as honey and organic meat to how veganism is linked to other social movements, this book offers a great introduction to all things vegan.

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Think Like a Vegan

5. Earthlings by Ray Star

If you’re looking for some activism-inspired fantasy fiction, add the Earthlings series to your reading list. The books follow Peridot, a lonely girl who discovers she has unique powers that can help save humanity from the dictator that rules the land.

Dominion, the second instalment, explores the climate crisis and the power dynamic between humans and animals. The acclaimed series is perfect for anyone inspired by climate activists like Greta Thunberg, especially young adult readers.

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Earthlings by Ray Star

6. The Plant Power Doctor: A simple prescription for a healthier you by Dr Gemma Newman

In her debut book, Dr Gemma Newman explores a plant-powered diet can help many common chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

With over 17 years of experience as a family doctor, she offers a wealth of evidence-based knowledge to empower people to transform their diets and improve their health.

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Plant Power Doctor by Dr Gemma Newman

7. The Art Of Compassion by Leigh Sanders

The Art of Compassion is the first book of its kind – a collection of heart-warming and awakening vegan art from 80 artists around the globe.

Through the power of visual and literary art, this book aims to expose the plight of animals, empower animal rights activists and inspire the compassionate lifestyle of veganism. Plus, all the profits go to Veganuary, so you’ll be supporting the work we do when you purchase a copy!

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Art of Compassion Book

8. Gwen the Rescue Hen by Leslie Crawford and jessica goodall

This is a fantastic vegan book for kids (and their grown-ups) to enjoy. It’s about a quick-witted hen who manages to escape from a tiny cage on a factory farm after a fierce tornado hits the farm.

It’s a feel-good, ‘coming-of-chicken’ book that inspires children to show compassion for farmed animals.

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Gwen the Rescue Hen

9. How Not to Die by Michael Greger MD, FACLM and Gene Stone

Dr Greger is an internationally renowned nutrition expert and the founder of NutritionFacts.org. Throughout this book, he examines the top fifteen causes of premature death in the US and reveals ground-breaking scientific evidence of their underlying causes.

He offers practical advice and tips on the foods that can prevent and reverse disease, all backed up by scientific research. Dr Greger is passionate about nutrition, food safety, and public health issues and all the proceeds he receives from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements are donated to charity.

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How Not to Die

10. Nero the Brave Little Bull by Jodie Barchha Lang

This book is a great way to develop a connection to farmed animals and is sure to pull on the heartstrings. Based on a true story, the book follows Nero, a rescue bull who lives at the Retreat Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Kent.

The heart-warming story teaches us that animals deserve kindness and happiness, just like humans and it provides a gentle guide for children to learn about compassion for farmed animals.

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Nero the Brave Bull

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