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“New year, new you” might be a bit of a toxic cliché, but the start of a new year can always be a good time to make some changes or work on yourself, no matter what your age. There are thousands of self-help books for adults, but fewer self-help books for teenagers, who may need even more advice and guidance – after all, adolescence is often when you determine who you really are and what you are. you want from your life. There’s also a whole host of new situations to deal with, like new schools and classes, changing friendships, and, for some, first romances. These self-help books for teens are full of helpful tips for managing school, family, friendships, and figuring out who you are, as well as dealing with anxiety or negative emotions.
Adolescence is a time like no other, with dizzying highs and very low lows, but although everyone makes mistakes or has bad times, self-help books like these will help teenagers of your life to cope, develop coping strategies and resilience as they figure out what they want out of the world and who they are going to be.
The Mindfulness Journal for Teens by Jennie Marie Battistin
Journaling is a great way to process your thoughts and reflect on things that are bothering you, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. This journal is full of prompts, breathing exercises, and meditations teens can use to combat anxiety and cope with whatever life throws at them, from schoolwork to socializing.
Dr. Christian’s guide to growing taller by Christian Jessen
Puberty is hard to negotiate for everyone, but in this book, Dr. Christian Jessen breaks down and demystifies all the physical changes (and the mental and emotional impacts they can have) for teenage readers. Young people who feel uneasy about their bodies can find reassurance in these pages that no matter what they are feeling or what is happening, they are not alone.
A Year of Black Girl Magic by Eboni Morgan
This journal-based book is especially for black girls and young women, offering daily self-reflection and affirmation exercises to guide you through the year. Relying on visualization, CBT and mindfulness, A Year of Black Girl Magic examines everything from facing your fears to setting boundaries, and is full of inspirational quotes and thoughts from black women.
Totally Me: The Teenage Girl’s Survival Guide by Sandy Rideout and Yvonne Collins
Written by two best friends who have known each other since they were teenagers, totally me is a guide for teenage girls to friendships, relationships, schoolwork, and dealing with your parents. Each section of the book deals with a different topic, and there are a host of quizzes teenage readers can solve on their own or with friends.
Badass Black Girl: Quotes, Questions and Affirmations for Teens by MJ Fievre
Full of fantastic quotes, uplifting journal prompts and plenty of affirmations to get you through the bad times, badass black girl is a brilliant choice for black teenage girls tackling issues like body image, stereotypes, schoolwork, and what they want to achieve for the future.
Let That Shit Go: Anxiety Diary for Teens
Another journal-based self-help book, this one is a bit of a curse, but a great resource for teens who want to start battling anxiety. Full of coping strategies, mood tracking and methods to manage triggers, Drop that shit is an excellent textbook for anxious young people.
Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens by Leslie Sokol and Marci Fox
Many teenagers (and adults!) find confidence and self-esteem difficult. Think confident, be confident for teens uses CBT techniques to help readers reframe negative thoughts, feel calmer in social situations, and combat self-doubt.
Grown: The Black Girl’s Guide to Shining by Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter
This beautifully illustrated book, written by the founders of the Black Girls’ Book Club, is described as a ‘celebration of black British youth’ and aims to empower and nurture young black girls in a world where they are often either deformed or not shown at all. Full of quotes from inspiring black women (including brilliant author Candice Carty-Williams and former Spice Girl Mel B), Cultivated includes writing on topics ranging from hair politics to determining your future career.
Blame My Brain: The Incredible Teenage Brain Revealed By Nicola Morgan
Brains can be confusing for everyone, and that’s especially true in a time when your hormone levels are constantly changing and so much about your body and your life is changing. blame my brain takes the reader through the developments that occur in the brain during adolescence, examining strong emotions, risk taking, and why teens need so much more sleep.
What’s the T? The Practical Guide to All Things Trans and/or Non-Binary for Teens by Juno Dawson
More and more teens are coming out as trans and non-binary, but sadly in many places the world hasn’t realized they exist and information is scarce or completely absent. Fortunately, What’s the T? gives a comprehensive and in-depth dive into what it’s like to be trans, looking at identities, dating and relationship advice, among other topics. A great read for trans kids and cis allies, What’s the T? is frank, funny and informative.
You’re a Champion: How to Be the Best You Can Be by Marcus Rashford
Written by footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford, You are a champion is part memoir and part advice book, combining stories from Rashford’s life with advice on how to learn from your mistakes, stand up for others, and be comfortable with yourself . With a focus on empathy, community and positive thinking, You are a champion is essential reading for teens, especially sports fans, who are trying to figure out who they are.
The Trans Teen Survival Guide by Fox Fisher and Owl Fisher
Another helpful resource for trans and non-binary teens, The Trans Teen Survival Guide is full of tips and advice for navigating adolescence as a trans person. This guide covers self-care, coming out, family relationships and friendships, and also looks at some of the medical and physical aspects of transitioning, such as accessing blockers and hormones.
The Teenager’s Guide to Life, the Universe, and Being Awesome: Supercharging Your Life by Andy Cope
Everyone loves one Hitchhiker’s Guide reference, and this self-help guide for teenagers retains the same spirit of irreverence as the work of Douglas Adams while providing useful advice for young readers. Cope insists you don’t need to change yourself to be happy – you’re already awesome – but gives advice on how to develop the things about yourself that you really love and approach the things that feel more negative to you, so you can live the happiest life possible.
Yay! You are gay! Now what? by Riyad Khalaf
Aimed at questioning gay, bi and teenage boys, Yay! You are gay! Now what? covers relationships, mental health, sex and consent, and many other topics that young LGBTQ+ men can seek advice on. As well as being a great guide for teens, there’s also a section for parents, written by the author’s mum and dad, which gives advice on how people can support LGBTQ+ teens. in their family.
Overcoming Procrastination for Teens by William J. Knaus
Procrastination, especially on homework, is something a lot of teens struggle with (and not just teens *cough, look away awkwardly*). Being late for homework can increase stress and anxiety in what is already a stressful enough time in your life, but this book shows teens how to beat procrastination and tackle their workload while they’re on the go. still in school, which facilitates the experience and sets them up. for their future studies.
Although every teen is different, there are experiences and feelings that everyone will have to deal with, and these self-help books for teens will help them overcome them and build the resilience that will carry them through their lives. . They’re also great reads for parents trying to understand their teen as they grow from childhood to adulthood and find their own way in the world.
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