With autumn comes the change of weather, the start of school, and the holidays. One of the best ways to enjoy this time of the year is to cozy up with a new book! Below is a list of eight teen non-fiction titles that offer insightful perspectives about appreciating and being thankful for nature, family, friendship, change, choice, and growth. Enjoy!
Thankful for: Earth and Nature
The planet we live on is a great thing to be thankful for this fall season. Braiding Sweetgrass contains tender lessons that teach how to appreciate and care for the land we occupy. Adapted for young adults by Monique Gray Smith, this new edition reinforces how wider ecological understanding stems from listening to the earth’s oldest teachers: the plants around us.
Thankful for: New Opportunities
The most popular (or unpopular!) job for teens is babysitting—especially those with young siblings. Some could even say it’s a rite of passage. This funny, updated guide covers the basics, from how to find jobs and negotiate pay rates to how to entertain the children and handle behavioral challenges.
Thankful for: Self
Think about how easy it is to people-please and lose the sense of self…Not anymore! To be strong citizens, it is important for teens develop the ability to protect and embrace themselves—without the fear of being called a bitch. This book embraces the insult with irreverent humor, encouraging readers to be themselves no matter what.
Thankful for: Growth
There are a million things that contribute to the pressure cooker feeling of stress in teens from homework to hormones to home life. As the leaves change and the school year starts, it is the perfect time for refocusing the wild, anxiety riddled mind. With roots in Buddhist teachings, author Whitney Stewart introduces readers to skills on mindfulness and meditation to establish a wellness routine and increase happiness.
Thankful for: Education
Learning is lifelong. It never ends—what a blessing! —and because of that, it is important to establish the skills to research thoroughly, understand simple and complex information, and present it in different manners. Broken into digestible tips and tricks, this instructional series aids and supports students while not being overwhelming or intimidating. A great resource for anyone who wants to learn better, from a struggling student to a top performer.
Thankful for: Innovation
Imagine a world without innovation—like plumbing and smart phones—yikes! This basic concept is something to be thankful for year-round, especially the discoveries that solve major medical or engineering problems. Teen Innovator tells the inspiring stories of creativity and the inventions of nine young students that have changed the game through science.
Thankful for: Medicine
We have lots to thank medicine, from discovering stitching cuts to creating vaccines to noninvasive brain surgeries. Now, scientists are on the verge of a revolution in biomedical engineering that will forever change the way we think about medicine, even life itself. Learn about four strands of bioengineering—tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, neuroengineering, microbial science, and genetic engineering and synthetic biology—and meet scientists working in these fields.
Thankful for: Change
Every few years is an opportunity for change. Who is elected directly impacts both big and small matters, and voting is no light-hearted task. In this guide, soon-to-be young voters are introduced to past elections and given insight to why their voice matters.
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