I got together with my teen interns and a few of my kid and teen clients to see what books they recommended people read by their age. I love the results (some were repeats, so I put them in the column of the youngest person who mentioned them).
I love books and believe there are certain books everyone should read by certain ages. Teens especially have books that they are very passionate about and that they think every teen should read.
Books Everyone Should Read Before Age 9, Gracie
–Harold and the Purple Crayon (50th Anniversary Edition) by Crockett Johnson
–Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
Books Everyone Should Read Before Age 13, Alia:
Books Everyone Should Read By Age 15, Juliette
Books Everyone Should Read By Age 16, Nate
–Night by Ellie Wiesel In a time where there is less and less holocaust education and (according to MTV) over 50% of teenagers know very little/ nothing about the holocaust. I believe that it is important for teens to become educated about it. In my opinion, “Night” is one of the best holocaust books, because while it is not a work of fiction, it is written like one. The book uses literary devices generally reserved for fiction. What is so scary is that all events in the book are true, so when a character foreshadows in the book, that means that they did in real life too. The book also does a good job showing what human beings are capable of when they are taught to hate.
–Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, Thomas Pynchon, Erich Fromm, and Daniel Lagin “Nineteen Eighty-Four” talks about what can happen when the government gets too much power. In this age of technology it is important for future voters to know what the world could turn into.
Books Everyone Should Read by Age 17, Samantha
–The Perks of Being a Wildflower by Stephen Chbosky This is one of the most interesting, amazing, captivating reads anyone will ever read. It’s awesome
Books Everyone Should Read by Age 19, Mike
Books Everyone Should Read by Age 23, Vanessa
–Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad This book was the first book that ever got me thinking about after life, heaven, hell, good vs evil and really opened my mind to the idea of philosophy and religion (I also had a fabulous teacher and class).
–Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps by Allan Pease and Barbara Pease Every person who has every known me knows that I am obsessed with this book. My copy is so thumbed through I can barely open it without a page falling out. This book was instrumental in my understanding of men–boyfriends, friends, dads, teachers and has helped e with every aspect of my current carreer. That there are both pyschological and scientific reasons behind behavior (also a fun read).
– The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow His story is amazing and his life lessons are truly remarkable.
Books Everyone Should Read by Age ___, YOU!
-Your turn to add yours in the comments!