Adolescence can be one of the most stressful times for your child. These books can help with understanding the importance of mental health, learning to love themselves and increasing self-esteem.

Heartstopper Alice Oseman


Alice Oseman

A graphic novel about life, love and everything in between that has become a hugely successful Netflix series. Heartstopper explores friendship, mental illness and loyalty and warms your heart from beginning to end.



Jordan Ifueko

A bewitching, fantastical read to escape into, Jordan Ifueko's protagonist Tarisai is bound by a magical wish made by her estranged and distant mother. Tarisai won't allow herself to become a pawn and has to choose a different path for herself.

New Shoes

New Shoes

Donna Mitchell

New Shoes addresses 16 of the most common lifestyle challenges, and each chapter offers steps for developing new skills and character qualities for success. A lifecoach for young adults and teens, Donna Mitchell will encourage you to begin your walk to success.

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Fire Keeper's Daughter

Angeline Boulley

This coming-of-age thriller follows a Native American teen who must fight to root out corruption in the community she cares so deeply for.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea

TJ Klune

Full of magic and whimsy, this heartwarming tale follows a lonely man who finds family and friendship in the most unexpected of places. It's a fantastical story with a lovely message.

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Marjane Satrapi

Both funny and heartbreaking, this graphic novel by Satrapi is an autobiographical retelling of her childhood growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

4 Mind Your Head

Mind Your Head

Juno Dawson

Written with a frankness that teens will find refreshing, Dawson offers a comforting a medically sound guide to understanding teenage mental health.

5 Holding Up the Universe

Holding up the Universe

Jennifer Niven

This life-affirming story of friendship and confidence by Niven reminds the reader how important it is to love yourself first.


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Betty Smith

This timeless coming-of-age story is brimming with characters so real, they become a part of you and their important lessons on tenacity remain relevant today.