Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens

Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens

by Melissa Hart, Sharon M. Draper

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Overview

Needed now more than ever: a guide that includes 500 diverse contemporary fiction and memoir recommendations for preteens and teens with the goal of inspiring greater empathy for themselves, their peers, and the world around them.
 
As young people are diagnosed with anxiety and depression in increasing numbers, or dealing with other issues that can isolate them from family and friends–such as bullying, learning disabilities, racism, or homophobia–characters in books can help them feel less alone. And just as important, reading books that feature a diverse range of real-life topics helps generate openness, empathy, and compassion in all kids. Better with Books is a valuable resource for parents, teachers, librarians, therapists, and all caregivers who recognize the power of literature to improve young readers’ lives.
 
Each chapter explores a particular issue affecting preteens and teens today and includes a list of recommended related books–all published within the last decade. Recommendations are grouped by age: those appropriate for middle-grade readers and those for teens.
 
Reading lists are organized around:
Adoption and foster care
Body image
Immigration
Learning challenges
LGBTQIA+ youth
Mental health
Nature and environmentalism
Physical disability
Poverty and homelessness
Race and ethnicity
Religion and spirituality

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632172280
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Melissa Hart is contributing editor for The Writer Magazine and creative writing teacher for Southern New Hampshire University's MFA program. She holds a BA in literature from U.C. Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont. She's the author of the award-winning middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl and two memoirs--Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family and Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood. She's based in Eugene, Oregon, and travels frequently around the U.S. with her husband and 12-year-old daughter. www.melissahart.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sharon M. Draper xi

Introduction xiii

1 Books About Adoption And Foster Care 1

Reading Lists 10

2 Books About Body Image 23

Reading Lists 33

3 Books About Immigration 45

Reading Lists 54

4 Books About Learning Challenges 67

Reading Lists 77

5 Books About LGBTQIA+ Youth 89

Reading Lists 99

6 Books About Mental Health 113

Reading Lists 124

7 Books About Nature And Environmentalism 141

Reading Lists 152

8 Books About Physical Disability 165

Reading Lists 174

9 Books About Poverty And Homelessness 187

Reading Lists 196

10 Books About Race And Ethnicity 211

Reading Lists 220

11 Books About Religion And Spirituality 237

Reading Lists 247

Acknowledgments 260

Appendix: Resources for Parents, Teachers, Librarians, and Young Readers 262

Further Reading 265

Bibliography 266

Index 271

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