Books For Your Teens And Young Adults

Books and music have always been there for me. Even as a child getting lost in a book especially during hectic, stressful or just plain crazy times I could always be found in a book. I could never compare what I went through as a child to what the kids of today are dealing with right now being stuck at home for weeks in a world of uncertainty I would need many books around me. These kids are lucky in ways they will never understand. I didn't have cable, computers, smart phones, game systems but even that must get boring after a while. A good book can feed a young mind. So how about stocking up on some books for your teens?! 
Young Readers today are taking initiative in their own home learning and growth during these trying times. Perhaps you know someone with a teen stuck at home who is vying for a good book. The books below are intended to help teens and young adults create and maintain motivation, good self-care habits and be inspired to true stories. In this list you are sure to find books that will enrich a teen´s at-home life.
     For Teens and Young Adults looking for Self-Improvement!
 
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Trust the Grind: How World-Class Athletes Got To The Top by Jeremy Bhandari  (pre-ordered for my son)

Exclusive interviews with the top athletes in sports today. Trust the Grind: How World-Class Athletes Got To The Top reveals how these men and women reached the heights of their profession so that you can too. Each chapter tells a different story, as each superstar shares the habit that helped them accomplish their goals and reach the pinnacle of their profession.
Sports fanatic or not. Guaranteed to tap into your athletic edge, Trust the Grind, is made for sports fans and nonfans alike. Fans of professional athletes get an in-depth look at their heroes’ climb to the top; those less passionate about sports have the chance to read the secrets of success from some of the most talented people in the world. Both learn pivotal life lessons, and can immediately instill these particular traits and habits into their own lifestyle. View this book on Amazon!


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Embracing the Awkward: A Guide for Teens to Succeed at School, Life and Relationships by Joshua Rodriguez
Who are you? Young adults struggle with lots of issues―finishing school, finding a career, finding a partner, and most importantly figuring out who they are. That can often be an overwhelming question, especially when you feel like the people all around you have it figured out. In fact, you may even have questions that you would NEVER feel comfortable talking about for fear of being judged or even rejected. Don’t worry, you don’t have to navigate life alone. There’s much untapped potential in you that the world has yet to see.

Become your best self. Figuring out how to make friends, develop relationships and to be confident is a step-by-step process. Now help is available in Embracing the Awkward, written by the popular teen-advice-YouTuber, The Josh Speaks. This down-to-earth guide helps you take small steps towards being somebody great. This isn’t another dry instructional book written by a boring adult disconnected from the millennial reality, it’s a guide, a workbook, an empowering step towards trying things out, discovering who you are and becoming your best self. View this book on Amazon!
 
  
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It’s Your Weirdness that Makes You Wonderful: A Self-Acceptance Prompt Journal by Kate Allan
(I love books like this and have many)

Depression and anxiety are topics that can be uncomfortable to talk about, but that doesn’t mean they should be avoided. If anything, it means we need to be more aware and have more conversations about them. With the help of her adorable illustrations, art blogger Kate Allan (known through her remarkably popular Tumblr blog as “The Latest Kate”) urges us to be mindful of our mentality. Allan, who suffers from anxiety and depression herself, understands what it’s like to deal with feelings that are difficult to fight through. In this book, she provides the personal kind of encouragement that she herself needs to hear. These encouraging words, along with writing prompts, can help readers sort through and express their feelings. Kate Allan’s creative journal meets us where we are―in the midst of the feelings that say we’re not enough, we can’t handle this life, we won’t make it. Her whimsical art and simple words lift trampled spirits and combat thoughts that lead us to believe our weirdness makes us weak. Young and old, we are encouraged to love ourselves exactly as we are. View this book on Amazon!
 
For Teens and Young Adults Who Want to Learn Something New!

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The Book of Awesome Black Americans: Scientific Pioneers, Trailblazing Entrepreneurs, Barrier-Breaking Activists and Afro-Futurists by Monique L. Jones
Black Americans who have shaped their country and beyond: We are familiar with a handful of African Americans who are mentioned in American history books, but there are also countless others who do not get recognized in mainstream media. Their actions may not have appeared to shake the world, but their contributions to shifting American culture were just as groundbreaking. African Americans have made history by challenging and changing the American landscape. This was accomplished not by shedding layers of originality, but by wearing their colors proudly and openly in the world. Growth has been made possible by a resistance to conformity and a fusing of cultures, African and American alike. If you enjoyed books such as 100 African-Americans Who Shaped American HistoryBedtime Inspirational Stories, or Becca Anderson’s The Book of Awesome Women, then The Book of Awesome Black Americans should be your next read! View this book on Amazon!

 
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The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between by Patrick Foote
Explore the world of names: What is something that literally everything in existence has in common? It all has a name! With The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between, you can learn the origins of these names. From countries and cities to toys and animals to even planets, learn the etymology of interesting words in a fun and entertaining way.
Learn new things: Why is New York called New York? The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between has the answer for you. While author Patrick Foote, of the YouTube channel also called Name Explain, doesn’t claim to know everything, he has garnered a lot of knowledge about language over the years and he’s excited to get to share it with you in this new format.
Be entertained by education: Learning doesn’t have to be boring. With his fun sense of humor, Patrick explains each name with jokes and quips you’re bound to enjoy. Full of pictures and packed with great information, The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between has a variety of topics that are bound to intrigue anyone interested in the origins of the words we use every day. View this book on Amazon!


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Answers to Questions You’ve Never Asked: Explaining the What If in Science, Geography and the Absurd  by Joseph Pisenti 
Fun facts for kids of all ages: When you take the most absurd parts of history, science, economics and geography, you end up with a pretty confusing picture of humanity. Why do we have borders, what’s the furthest you can get from the ocean, how do you qualify as a country and why did Vikings wear those silly helmets? These are just a few of the strange questions that bounce around the head of YouTube sensation Joseph Pisenti, aka RealLifeLore.
Trivia questions and answers: In his channel, Pisenti presents illogical truths in a logical manner. In his debut book, Pisenti builds on this nonsensical humor of the universe with in-depth analysis of empires, economies, and ecosystems as he helps answer the ridiculous. Why, you ask? Because someone has to. Using line drawings, graphs and charts, Pisenti not only details the absurd, but he also provides explanations on why things are…and why they aren’t.! View this book on Amazon!

 
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The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects  by Emily Prokop
Everyday objects and major events in history: Every single thing that surrounds us has a story behind it. Many of us learn the history of humans and the major inventions that shaped our world. But what you may not have learned is the history of objects we surround ourselves with every day. You might not even know how the major events in history (World Wars, ancient civilizations, revolutions, etc.) influenced the inventions of things we use today.
 The history and science behind the ordinary: From the creator of The Story Behind podcast comes this revelatory new book. The Story Behind will give insight into everyday objects we don’t think much about when we use them. Topics covered in the podcast will be examined in more detail along with many new fascinating topics. Learn how lollipops got started in Ancient Egypt, how podcasts were invented, and why Comic Sans was created. Learn the torture device origins of certain exercise equipment and the espionage beginnings of certain musical instruments. Ordinary things from science to art, food to sports, customs to fashion, and more are explored. View this book on Amazon!


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For All Humankind: The Untold Stories of How the Moon Landing Inspired the World by Tanya Harrison and Danny Bednar

The plaque they left behind reads, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” But was the Apollo 11 moon landing mission really a global endeavor? How did people outside the United States view these “rocket men”? Against the political backdrop of the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union, was it, indeed, “For all mankind”? Dr. Tanya Harrison and Dr. Danny Bednar has talked to individuals from a variety of locations outside the United States, to see how this event touched the lives of people across the world.
Enthusiasts of space travel, the Apollo missions, and the moon landings will love this book. These previously untold stories reveal the impact of the moon landings around the globe, and what having a “man on the moon” meant to the international community.
View this book on Amazon!

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Animal Kind: Lessons on Love, Fear and Friendship from the Wild by Emma Locke 
True stories of animal therapy: In Animal Kind, Emma Lock of the wildly popular YouTube channel “Emzotic” shares stories of the incredible ways that animals keep us healthy and happy, physically and mentally. You’ll be inspired by the tales of remarkable recovery, from vision-impaired individuals who have gained independence with the help of seeing-eye dogs, to the woman who found a new life as an equestrian champion after an arm amputation.

Animal Kind: Lessons on Love, Fear, and Friendship from Wild Animals offers true stories that prove that sometimes the best friends in life have fur, feathers, or even scales. Readers who enjoyed DevotedHow to Be a Good Creature, and A Street Cat Named Bob will love the heartwarming food for the soul in this book.

View this book on Amazon!

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For Teens and Young Adults Who Want to Learn How to Cook!

The Healthy Teen Cookbook: Around the World In 80 Fantastic Recipes by Remmi Smith
Healthy cooking for kids: A Chopped kid chef and entrepreneur is on a mission to bring healthy food options and easy-to-cook scrumptious recipes to a busy and heavily-scheduled generation of teens. Remmi Smith, a sixteen-year-old chef who hosts two cooking shows and serves as a national Student Ambassador for a leading food services company, has written this cookbook encouraging teens to take up healthy cooking as a new pastime. She also has appeared on Chopped, the talk show Harry (with Harry Connick Jr.), and the Food Network.

Healthy eating habits for teen health: Remmi is on a mission to inspire teens to adopt healthy eating habits by introducing them to the glorious pastime of cooking. She takes the reader on a culinary journey across the seven continents, highlighting a country and its top food items in each one. Each section features geographic descriptions, a full menu (from appetizer to dessert), fun facts, brain teasers, personal tips, and delicious photos of the recipes. View this book on Amazon!

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