50 Best Books for Teens and Tweens


Our teen interns worked very hard reviewing the hundreds of submissions we received for the Best Teen Book contest. Here are some of the favorite books for fellow teens:

Slept Away by Julie Kraut

Laney Parker is a city girl through and through. Love this great summer read by the author of Hot Mess.  Tweens and teens will love it!

The Green Teen: The Eco-Friendly Teen’s Guide to Saving The Planet by Jenn Savedge
Today’s teenagers are standing at the crossroads of environmental history and The Green Teen gives them the info they need to minimize their environmental impact at home, at school, and in their communities and get their concerns recognized by school officials, politicians, media, and even their own parents.


Debra’s style of writing and insight into teen girls issues today really reaches out to them in their language. There are parts that are funny, deep and very revealing as to who we all are and the problems we all face and solutions are given!

My Life Unscripted: Who’s Writing Your Life? by Tricia Goyer

Goyer’s book is written for 12 – 20 year-old girls. Parent’s will LOVE this book, because it teaches girls to navigate their tween/teen years without giving in to peer pressure. It gives girls the tools they need to decide what they will and won’t do before they are faced with temptations, peer pressure, and/or difficult situations.

Sew with Sara by Sara Trail

Sara shows you how easy and fun it is to sew cute clothes and accessories-and make money from your sewing. 9 beginner-friendly projects include PJs, pillows, a tote bag, a cell phone or MP3 player cover, an apron, a notebook cover, and more. Laugh along with Sara’s journal entries.

Dater’s Ed: The Instruction Manual for Parents by Lisa Jander

Dater’s Ed is to dating what Driver’s Ed is to driving; parents learn how to teach their kids to date defensively, navigate safely and steer clear of unhealthy relationships. Finally, an innovative, intelligent and humorous look at how to prepare for the teen dating years with fun, logic and success.

Young Revolutionaries Who Rock by Dallas Jessup

A How-To Guide for Saving the World One Revolution at a Time Sutton Hart, April 2009

Questions Young People Ask, Answers That Work, Volumes 1&2 by Dr Andrea Frayser

This book provides honest workable answers to questions that kids and parents often wrestle with like: Why Don’t I Like Myself? How Do I Know if It’s Real Love? What If My Parents Are Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol? How Can I Protect Myself at School? Can I Be Happy In A Single Parent Family? and More.

The Ultimate Girls’ Guide to Understanding and Caring for Your Body by Isabel and Emily Lluch

The book covers all the topics preteen and teen girls are wondering about but might not know who to talk to, or might not be comfortable asking an adult about, including hygiene, beauty, healthy eating, periods, bras, acne, social situations, and more. The best part: the book’s authors, Isabel and Emily Lluch, are sisters who are 13 and 16, so they know all about the changes and questions girls have during puberty. The girls give advice on these important topics, along with the advice from a panel of 6 experts in the medical and beauty industries.

START TALKING – A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom about Health, Sex or Whatever by Mary Jo Rapini and Janine Sherman

Start Talking contains more than 113 questions girls ask every day about, well, everything: periods, sex, relationships, guys, eating, exercise, and more. The truth is, daughters want to talk—to their moms. And, moms can learn how to listen—from their daughters. Start Talking is the place to start!

Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman

This book is a must-read for any parent who has a middle school girl. I felt like the author had been in the room overhearing conversations between my daughter and me. It explains in detail with amazing accuracy what goes on with girls in todays schools.

Laid or Loved?  The Secrets Guys Wish You Knew About Being a Dream Girl Instead of a Just-In-His-Jeans Girl
by Dr. Jennifer Austin Leigh

Laid or Loved? is a hard hitting look at how girls can get love and respect in an increasingly disrespectful, “Girls Gone Wild” world. Kim Kirberger, the best selling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul says, “Every girl and their mother needs to read this book! A sure bestseller!”

Question Your thinking, Change the World by Byron Katie

Chapter 3 is all about parents and children of all ages. As a parent and a life coach, I have found the most effective way to have clear communication and peaceful relationships is a process taught by Katie called “The Work”.

Cash Credit and Your Finances: The Teen Years by Jill Russo Foster

The Teen Years a book that will teach your teens about money and credit so that they will become financial successful in any economy. This book came about based on my personal experiences and mistakes with money and credit as well as my life long career in banking and mortgage and seeing all the mistake and uninformed choices that my clients made that were costing them money.

Wishing: Diaries of a Teen Pregnancy by Kim McLeod

This book is the largely unedited diary of the author during her mid-teens, as she struggled with drinking and drug addiction, religion and family conflicts, and finally, teen pregnancy. You can’t get better insight into a teenage mind than this girl’s voice in all of its raw honesty.

Thinking Organized for Parents and Children: Helping Kids Get Organized for Home, School and Play
by Rhona M.Gordon, M.S., CCC-SLP

To teach children new strategies that will help them better plan and complete everyday tasks without stress, Gordon developed the Thinking Organized approach. After helping hundreds of students in her private practice, she compiled her time-tested strategies into a book.

The Kid’s ROTH IRA Handbook: Securing Tax-Free Wealth from a Child’s First Paycheck
by Tracy Foote

No one ever tells children what to do with their money from babysitting, lawn mowing, cashier/delivery jobs, entrepreneurship on the internet, etc. With the economy struggling today, this timely book gets children and parents excited about investing in a Roth IRA at a very young age.
(Selected by the Cleveland Public Library in their 2008 best book for teens section.)

Raising Yourself: Making The Right Choices by Sumant Pendharkar

Opens communication between parents and teenagers.
“Helpful not only for teens or preteens but also for parents of that age group. It is highly recommended reading.”
Mac McKinnon, Times Publisher, The Fort Morgan Times.

The Secret of the Can: How to Not Get Distracted by the Garbage and the Drama of Life by-Larry Tracey

The Secret of the Can is a personalized narrative of Reese Williams, a typical teenager with high school growing pains and life lessons, as substitute teacher Austin Walker mysteriously shows up to change the world as Reese and his classmates see it. Mr. Walker, in his waning years, is searching for the next chosen leader to possess The Keys of Success. As you begin to understand and practice The Secret of the Can you will find yourself no longer distracted by the garbage or drama of life. You will be positive, self-confident and happier. You will know how anyone can make the difference in their own life and the success of those around them.

Teen Entrepreneur Success Secrets: The Essential Guide to Starting and Growing a Business by-Shonika Proctor

Teens don’t want to be helped, they want to be empowered. They want to be given the same information and opportunities as adults, however, they don’t want to get the condensed version in a “Rated G” format. While a life coach helps teens to get their you know what together, a teen entrepreneur coach supports teens as they discover what their you know what is.

Coping with Cliques by Susan Sprague

This book is for young women dealing with gossip, teasing, bullying, and peer pressure in junior high and high school. This is something that too many girls are dealing with, and learning how to deal with it in an effective way helps girls grow into young women with high self-esteem.

The 7 Secrets to Create Your Fate by Sharmen Lane

Its great for young adults because all the things we need to succeed in life. How to set goals, find your passion, deal with stress, make a plan to achieve your goals, the questions to ask yourself before getting married or taking a job or making any major commitment, the power of choice. All this and more in a short 99 page book.

The Guys The Roses & The Regrets by Grace Hatton  age-17

Written by a teen for teens ‘The Guys The Roses & The Regrets’ is a best selling girl to girl dating guide. Endorsed by Mark Victor Hansen, this book gives young women the honest truth about guys, dating, healing a broken heart and most importantly understanding what true love is.

Don’t Take It Personally! The Art of Dealing with Rejection by Elayne Savage, PhD

‘Don’t Take It Personally!’ explores perceived rejection by teachers and peers: difficulties in moving from one school to another, the pain of feeling left out, and the horrors of teasing and bullying. ‘Don’t Take It Personally!’ provides great tips for not taking things so personally and overcoming these negative experiences.
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The Real Deal: A Spiritual Guide for Black Teen Girls by-Billie Montgomery Cook

Navigating life can be a challenge for any teenager, but some issues and struggles are unique to African American teens. This book offers some real life guidance in areas including body image, self-esteem, sexuality, friendship, fear, and more.
Many of these stories come from the hundreds of teens I’ve worked with in my counseling practice and workshops.
And from adults who were once teens themselves!

Playbook for Christian Manhood: 12 Key Plays for Black Teen Boys by-James C. Perkins

This game plan for black males ages 11-15 supplies twelve essential lessons to sustain them in their growth from young boys to men of integrity and godly character. Dr. Perkins offers an outline of key “plays” including identity, purpose, and spirituality. He also provides practical approaches to financial responsibility, relationships, sexuality, leadership, and more.

Mental Toughness: Understanding the Game of Life by Dr. Timothy S. Wakefield

Mental Toughness: Understanding the Game of Life, is designed as a tool for youth to learn how to conquer life’s challenges and, ultimately, understand important lessons before being forced to learn them the hard way. Tweens and teens alike will benefit from the 61 short chapters that cover numerous ‘How To’s’ including how to positively respond to negativity, how to manage money, how to understand the difference between friends and acquaintances, and how to dream BIG, among many other valuable lessons.

Be the Star You Are! for TEENS-Simple Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, Learning, and Leading by Cynthia Brian

Be the Star You Are! for TEENS is a refreshing escape from sermons and rules. Instead you’ll read real life stories with real issue tools. Each easy to read short chapter is jam packed with simple strategies that you can implement immediately to survive and thrive. Written by teens, for teens, and about teens, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS encourages you to embrace your individuality, find your passion, and ignite the flame that burns brightly within.

Be Confident in Who You Are by Annie Fox

Sometimes worrying about what other people think can hold you back from enjoying life and from making choices that reflect who you really are. This book can help you dial down your Opinion-ator and trust yourself more.

Picture Perfect: What You Need To Feel Better About Your Body by Jill Zimmerman Rutledge

Picture Perfect helps teen and tween girls deal with the hard issue of body image. Real girls share their stories and coping skills with the reader, including using positive messages or Special Statements that help a girl feel “picture perfect” just the way she is!

Dealing With The Stuff That Makes Life Tough: The Ten Things That Stress Girls Out and How To Cope With Them by Jill Zimmerman Rutledge

Dealing With The Stuff That Makes Life Tough helps girls feel more confident, in control, and at peace from the inside out. Each shows how 3 different girls handle a particular problem to help the reader choose a calming skill that works for her.

What Your Mama Can’t Or Won’t Teach You: Grown Women’s Stories of Their Teen Years by Esther Kane, MSW

I compiled the stories of 20+ women’s experiences of adolescence (from all different age groups, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds) and asked them about the most important topics that teen girls wanted to know about (based on feedback from hundreds of teen girls). The book answers many questions girls have about becoming a woman from a non-judgemental, in a story-like style which allows them to make healthy choices in their lives based on learning from other women’s lived experiences; both positive and negative.

The Keys for Teens by Ric Morgan

This book is about the K.I.S.S. (Keep It  Simple and Smart) philosophy and talks about three major keys…thought, choice and action…plus a smaller secret key, and a set of lessons that will help the reader learn how to live a smarter, simpler and saner life. The book has been nominated for a 2009 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction and is up for two 2009 Nautilus Book Awards, including one for The Keys for Teens.

The Laugh Out Loud Guide: Ace the SAT Exam without Boring Yourself to Sleep!
by Charles Horn

Research shows that comedy enhances learning, reduces stress, makes subjects more interesting, and increases recall. Students can now literally laugh their way to a higher test score.

Feng Shui Workbook for Teens by Amie Crouch

This hands-on workbook contains many wonderful strategies that will appeal to adolescents including goal-setting sheets, calendars and room-planning guides. This workbook teaches teenagers how to stay in control of their environment and reduce stress in their lives.

It Started With Pop-Tarts by Lori Hanson

An Alternative Approach to Winning the Battle of Bulimia

The Truth (I’m a girl, I’m smart, and I know everything) by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

While geared mostly towards preteens, older girls will enjoy taking this walk down memory lane. It’s in diary format, complete with the occasional doodle! Easy read- 91 pages! You’ll learn that adults think differently, and you’ll be able to come up with ways that you can become the best grown-up possible.

Frog or Prince? The Smart Girl’s Guide to Boyfriends by Kaycee Jane

Every girl dreams of living happily ever after with her Prince— but how do you tell a Prince from a Frog? This book follows Natalie, Meghan, Ella and Elizabeth through their relationships, as they gain the skills to determine if the guy they’re with is the right guy for them..

Quick Cash for Teens by Peter Bielagus

Quick Cash for Teens provides smart strategies for earning big bucks through starting their own business, with step-by-step instructions for identifying opportunities, creating a business plan, and implementing it successfully. Bielagus includes it all: sample budget worksheets, marketing plans, press releases, creative business ideas, stories from real teen entrepreneurs, and more.

The Radical Family Workbook and Activity Journal is for Parents, Kids and Teens

Vanessa Van Petten and 20 of her teen interns wrote this family workbook to give parents real advice and bonding activities that will actually work! In this series, we put together 30 sessions worth of challenges and activities to help your family re-start, re-energize and re-connect.

In each session, families will get a set of challenges, materials and action steps to do for about 30 minutes. Families can work through the Radical Family Workbook at their own pace! You could do a session every day or one every three months! This is for families with children of all ages. Younger children can even participate in many of the activities and family bonding times.

5 Responses to “50 Best Books for Teens and Tweens”

  1. Dhaval
    June 17, 2009 at 6:26 am #

    It's really nice collection.


  2. educational games for kids
    July 3, 2009 at 2:49 am #

    great list of books! i find it very useful, helps me narrowing down wat book should i buy. Thanks!

  3. Shauna
    January 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Im definately going to check out some of these books.
    Setting a goal to start reading a lot more.
    A great book i read and just totally loved is
    ‘The Pledge’ by Chandra Sparks Taylor

  4. recommendeo
    November 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    And  beautiful article thanks. There are thousands of new books published for young adults each year we pick only the best one. Many peoples ask which are the best books to read. Find recommended books for ages 13 and 21 here. Best Books for Young Adults  The goals of this guide is to encourage young people to read. 

  5. Karen
    December 20, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    Thanks for the list, but why are there no books for boys.

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