A little education outside the classroom never hurt anyone. Dig into some educational advice in a fun and lighthearted manner with these incredibly insightful books.
by Shannon Perry
Stand by Shannon Perry isn’t a how-to guide to having a perfect teen life—in a lot of ways it’s better. Shannon’s book covers many topics central to a girl’s teenage years: boys, parents, body image, sex, cutting, bullying. Stand is meant to be a navigating tool for teen girls; a book filled with advice and personal stories that might convince you that you’re not alone in your confusion. Shannon’s advice is rooted in scripture and enriched by the input of ten teenage girls, each with their own unique experiences. Stand does not belittle or condescend it’s readers, but rather seeks to encourage each of them—with gentle guidance—to have faith and believe in the power of their own voices.
The Dirt on Drugs
by Justin Lookadoo
The Dirt on Drugs by Justin Lookadoo is a brief, informative book detailing the biological and psychological effects of certain drugs and substances on the human body. Lookadoo is humorous and entertaining, but he offers a serious look at the consequences drugs can have on a person’s life. The different substances covered include: alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, ghb, inhalants, marijuana, oxycodone, tobacco and more. Most importantly, the information in The Dirt on Drugs is contemporary and up-to-date. The book has an interactive aspect—with questions posed throughout that ask you to answer as you read. This element will keep you engaged and invested for the entirety of the book. Despite the serious subject matter, the book maintains a fun, enjoyable atmosphere. This is perfect if you’re looking to read something charming yet educational.
How To Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl’s Survival Guide
By Sarah O’Leary Burningham
Is your mom a total hippie who wears ankle-length skirts and flower crowns, or a schoolmarm with inch-thick glasses and her nose always in a book? Does your dad punish you by taking away your allowance, or by forcing you to only listen to NPR in the car? Knowing what type of parent you have can help you understand why they do the things they do (which may not always make sense to you). Sarah O’Leary Burningham starts off How To Raise Your Parents with several “parent profiles,” which detail how to spot a specific type of parent. This book doesn’t take itself too seriously and you’ll find yourself laughing freely at Burningham’s advice on dealing with parents. She covers how to negotiate what you want, how to get privacy without hurting feelings, how to declare your independence while still respecting your parents authority and much more. Just as your parents raise you, you raise your parents and it falls to you to communicate what you need from them. Burningham is committed to showing you how.
Speak to Me: Great American Texts Demystified
“For history buffs of all ages,” Speak to Me contains original texts from sixteen historical documents, including: the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Mayflower Compact. Speak to Me breaks down and clarifies nonfictional and fictional texts in an upbeat, easy-to-understand way. Each text is accompanied by additional historical information that’s sure to have you looking like a smarty-pants when you bring it up in History class. This book functions as a great learning aid, but is also perfect for anyone who wants to have fun while discovering American history.
The Girls’ Book: How to Be the Best At Everything
by Juliana Foster
- How to cope if zombies attack.
- How to annoy people in an elevator.
- How to press flowers.
- How to make your own lip gloss.
- How to build the best sand castles.
- How to survive in the desert.
- How to send a message in Morse code.
- How to persuade you parents to buy you a pet.
The Girl’s Book by Juliana Foster is filled with almost one hundred short chapters, each describing how to do something (like survive an alien invasion). This book is for all the curious girls whose inquisitiveness exceeds their means for finding answers. It’s also for the girls who want to know how to make a milkshake without ice cream or a blender. While it’s impossible to be the best at everything, this book is great for those of you who wish to try. And as the title suggests, this book is part of a set with The Boys’ Book: How to Be the Best at Everything—which might interest your little brother or guy friend.
The Boys’ Book: How to Be the Best at Everything
By Dominique Enright and Guy MacDonald
Who doesn’t want to know how to get rid of hiccups?
Survive in space?
Lose your head?
Speak in code?
See through your hand?
How about how to save the world?
Look no further than The Boys’ Book: How to Be the Best at Everything by Dominique Enright and Guy MacDonald. It contains (almost) all the essential tips you need to be the best at everything, and the rest can be found in The Girls’ Book by Juliana Foster. The Boys’ Book is a handy guide for you or a close guy friend.
But you know what they say… Anything boys can do…