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.

Fire Keepers Daughter Best for Teens Image 1

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.

The House in the Cerulean Sea Best for Teens Image 2

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.

Persepolis Best for Teens Image 3


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.