Give The Gift of A Good Read This Holiday Season

Give The Gift of A Good Read This Holiday Season

Struggling to think of the perfect gift for someone who loves animals as much as you do, or wondering what to give your vegan-curious friend? Look no further than In Defense of Animals’ holiday book list filled with recommendations from our staff and collaborators. We hope you enjoy these books as much as we did!

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
by Mathew Scully

“The most comprehensive and well-written book on the abuse of animals, by a religious conservative who calls on both liberals and conservatives to show compassion to animals.” – Courtney Scott, Elephant Campaign Consultant

Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice for Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful, and Healing the Planet
by Sarah Bowen

“Author, Animal Chaplain, and Reverend Sarah Bowen shares her clever strategies to survive animal loss and honor wild animals who were tragically killed on roadways. The book mentions In Defense of Animals’ campaigns on pages 110 - 111 and highlights the work of our Interfaith Vegan Coalition on pages 150-151.” – Lisa Levinson, Campaigns Director

Cuando Ya No Eestás / When You Are Gone
by Laura Vidal

“I believe it’s important to talk about [loss] because I recently lost Dougal, my 14-year-old dog and love of my life. I looked for so many books that could help me until a friend recommended this book and it helped me soooo much with my grief and acceptance process of losing my baby…dogs and cats are the ‘closest’ to us and there’s very little out there about the pain we go through when we lose them.” – Stephanie Gerard, Outreach and Programs Specialist

The Elephant Whisperer
by Lawrence Anthony

This book is the true story of how one man rescued a herd of rogue elephants in South Africa and learned how to communicate with them to save their lives and was recommended by two different campaigners, Courtney Scott our Elephant Campaign Consultant, and Jack Gescheidt, our Tule Elk Campaign Consultant.

“It’s a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad memoir of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, Anthony's unrelenting efforts at animal protection and his remarkable connection with nature will inspire animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.”  – Jack Gescheidt

Voices for Animal Liberation: Inspirational Accounts by Animal Rights Activists
by Brittany Michelson

In Defense of Animals’ own Campaign Specialist for Captive Animals, Brittany Michelson is the author and editor of this great anthology! During a time of historic actions and victorious campaigns, Voices for Animal Liberation depicts the full spectrum of animal rights activism that is currently at work to create change. This book offers the words of both new and highly influential voices in the movement today, with the intention of inspiring and educating those who are sparked by the vision of a more ethical world. Connect with activists from different backgrounds as they reveal their perspectives on animal rights, their experiences taking action for animals, the challenges they've faced, and the meaning of activism in their lives. 

Karma Cats to the Farm
by Kathleen Kastner

"One day Penny, a rather shy pig, fed up with the daily drudgeries of farm confinement, jumps off a transport truck and injures her leg.  She stumbles.  Luckily, the Karma Cats cross her path.  These two feline-whiskered wonders--befriend and care for Penny's injuries: splinting and giving her food and water, and protecting her from a threatening lion.  The three embark on a thrilling odyssey filled with love and care while the theme gently touches on the plight of factory-farmed animals who are still considered legally--the property of humans.”

“This book isn't just beautifully illustrated and powerfully written--it's a symphony of kindness and compassion--for both children and adults.  Get ready to be inspired, get ready to be moved, and get ready to experience farmed animals as extraordinary friends (not merely plastic-wrapped flesh in a freezer). Join Kathleen, Penny (our heroine), and the Karma Cats on their magical journey, and together let's make the universe a kinder, more compassionate place--one act at a time!  May empathy and the force be with you...dear reader.”

– Marilyn Kroplick, President of In Defense of Animals

Change of Heart
by Nick Cooney

This book was recommended by three staff members including our Director of Communications and International Partnerships, Fleur Dawes, our Communications Manager, Anita Carswell, and our Membership and Development Associate, Mary Essency! 

“This book is full of really interesting data from studies about what really works to help people make a positive change for animals - and what really doesn't work too, which is often surprising!” – Fleur Dawes, Director of Communications and International Partnerships


by Cindy Griffith, Illustrated by Marco Rizzi

“I have a recommendation for a children’s book we enjoy. Our supporter & volunteer Cindy wrote this beautiful book. It’s visually appealing and the stories have a message of kindness & compassion.” – Jane Elizabeth, Sr. Director of People & Operations


Mississippi Barking
by Chris McLaughlin 

“Chris is the founder of Animal Rescue Front, who partners with In Defense of Animals’ Hope Animal Sanctuary to move dogs and cats to the northeast.” – Sharon Stone, Hope Animal Sanctuary Manager

Whether you’re looking to share your passion for animals with a friend or family member or just wanting to treat yourself to a great book, we hope you take a look at some of our favorites here at In Defense of Animals, and have a safe and happy holiday season!