With so many new authors focussing on nonfiction books, teens and young adults are spoilt for choice. There are plenty of books on varied topics – starting with Inspiring People, World History, Science, Technology, Self-growth, real tales to Nature and Animals. The below list covers are a variety of books keeping the changing appetite of teenagers in mind. There are even books on how to handle anxiety which is a result of over-exposure to social media. Go on, take your pick.
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Nonfiction Books for Teens – People & History
Lila Perl (Author), Marion Blumenthal Lazan (Author)
This is the Holocaust story of a family of four including two young kids. Written from the child’s narrative, this book is a tale of starvation, disease, brutality – horrors of the Holocaust. This is a story of hardship, courage, hope, and will to survive. Featuring old original photographs, maps, reading guides – this book is a glimpse into one of the worst times in human history. Suitable for teenagers and above.
Jordan Romero (Author), Linda LeBlanc
An idea of 9 years old, became the reality at 15 years. Jordan Romero was only thirteen years old when he climbed Mount Everest. And at fifteen years, he became the youngest person to climb all the highest mountains of all seven continents. A gripping and inspiring tale – this book covers the stories of all seven summits. A motivation book for teenagers and young adults. Check here on Amazon.
Melissa de la Cruz (Author)
The world is not equal. This book is a collection of 40+ true stories by women and girls – who faced obstacles in their life for being a woman/girl. Sometimes they fought to win and sometimes moved on. All the women in this book are pioneers in their fields. A good book for teenage girls to know that – adversity can be overcome with willpower. It is a lesson for boys to know the harsh reality and to strive and make this world one of equal opportunity. Check here on Amazon.
Jean Mendoza (Adapter), Debbie Reese (Adapter), Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Author)
This book narrates the Indigenous life in both North and South America spanning 400 years. Children will know the Indigenous lifestyle before Europeans came. Also how the Indigenous people lost more and more land to new settlers, and the issues it created. This is a multiple award winning book, written for Teens and Young Adults. Check here on Amazon.
Bethany Hamilton (Author), Rick Bundschuh (Author), Sheryl Berk
This moving tale written by Bethany Hamilton is her own life story of survival. She continued surfing even after losing one arm in a shark attack and became a renowned surfer. It is a tale of courage, moving ahead and never giving up. A powerful and inspirational nonfiction for teens and young adults. Check here on Amazon.
Nonfiction Books for Teens – STEM
David Macaulay (Author)
If you want to know how something works, this book is for you. From windmills to gears to Wi-Fi, this book covers all daily use things and more. This new edition is updated with recent inventions. Beautifully hand-drawn schematics and pictures make understanding even the complex workings easy. Written for teenagers and above, this book can be used for younger children also with some guidance. A must for any child’s bookshelf. Check here on Amazon.
Bill Nye (Author), Gregory Mone (Author)
This science book is from popular TV host, and New York Times–bestselling author Bill Nye. It covers all science subjects – ranging from physics, chemistry, geology, biology, astronomy, global warming, and more. Written for teenagers and above, even the most complex theories of science are explained in a simple manner. The impressive part of the book is the expert interviews from around the world on a range of topics. A humorous STEM book for teenagers and above. Check here on Amazon.
Nonfiction Books for Teens – Self Growth
Regine Galanti PhD (Author)
This book is a much-needed nonfiction for teens and young adults. With the penetration of social media in all parts of life, children are under constant pressure leading to anxiety. This is a self-help book written by Dr. Regine Galanti (an expert in this field). It includes quizzes, self-assessments to identify, and tools and practices to manage anxiety. Preteens also can use this book with guidance. Check here on Amazon.
Jack Canfield (Author), Mark Victor Hansen (Author), Kimberly Kirberger (Author)
This nonfiction book is for reluctant teenagers(reluctant readers included). Filled with short crisp stories that will tug at your heart, it is a book for teenagers to let them know that tough times do not last. All will be ok. Check here on Amazon.
Lindsay Rielly (Author)
This journal is a popular choice amongst tweens, teens who need self-affirmation. In the current world of social media and outer appearances, this journal urges the user to look inwards and find true-self. With positive, thought-provoking daily-prompts, this journal urges the children to focus on positivity in life. Check here on Amazon.