Non-Fiction Your Teens May Actually Want to Read

NonFiction, either teen readers love it or hate it. Very few will fall in between. Sometimes it’s just finding the right nonfiction book to put in their hands. Here is a suggested list of narrative non-fiction titles your teens are likely to enjoy. All titles are links to Goodreads for more information.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Shout
Popular young adult author of Speak, among other titles, shares her own experience with sexual assault in this memoir in verse.

Aronson, Marc. Rising Water
Story of 2018 Thai Cave Rescue. Teens may or may not have paid attention during the news coverage but that it happened in their lifetime can make the book more appealing.

Bausum, Ann. Stonewall
Your teens interested in LGBT+ history should have this book in their hands. While the story starts at Stonewall, the book ends when the book came out in 2015.

Brockenbrough, Martha. Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary
A must-read for your Hamilton obsessed teens. Readers will be familiar with those throughout the text but get a more in-depth look at the time.

Biles, Simone. Courage to Soar
Gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles shares her story and journey to the Olympics. Fans of Biles and gymnastics shouldn’t miss this.

Burkhart, Jessica. Life Inside My Mind
A timely and important story of authors sharing their experiences, either directly or indirectly, with various mental illnesses.

Fleming, Candace. The Family Romanov
Fans of The Romanovs, royal families, Russian History or the movie or musical based on Anastasia are likely to find this appealing.

Jenson, Kelly. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy
A second timely and important mental health title. This collection includes not only authors, such as Adam Silvera and Libba Bray but celebrities including Kristen Bell, Nancy Kerrington and Reid Ewing.

Johnson, Maureen. How I Resist
Authors and celebrities alike share their personal stories of activism. Contributors include Jason Reynolds, Jesse Tyler Fergusen, Ali Stroker, and Sabaa Tahir.

Kluger, Jeffrey. Disaster Strikes
Stories of space exploration that didn’t go as planned. Most teens will be aware of one or two but unless they are space travel enthusiasts, many of these stories will be new to them.

Krosoczka, Jarrett. Hey, Kiddo
A graphic memoir of the author of the Lunch Lady series and more. Krosoczka shares the story of his complicated family, including that of his mother’s addiction.

Markham, Lauren. The Far Away Brothers
A timely novel on the refugee experience. This story focuses on twin brothers from El Salvador and maybe an easier sell than a book that appears later in this list.

Rodriguez, Gaby. The Pregnancy Project
For her senior project, Gaby Rodriguez faked a pregnancy to bring light to the stereotypes surrounding children on teen parents, and see how people would react to a bright girl like her following in her mother and sister’s footsteps.

Swanson, James L. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
A title to be sure to hand to your (American) history buffs. This book is a day by day account of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices after the assassination of our country’s 16th President.

Yousafzai, Malala. We Are Displaced
Yousafzai brings together the stories of female refugees from various countries along with her own in order to shed light on an important matter the world still faces today. These young women share what it is like to lose their home, feel unwelcome in a new country and in some cases lose their loved ones along the way.

The Founders of March for Our Lives. Glimmer of Hope
Your teens are likely to know something about the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas and/or March for Our Lives. This is the story of how something extraordinary sparked from that tragic day right from the mouths of the individuals who made it happen.


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