Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens
For parents, teachers, or adults who know young people, Melissa Hart’s Better with Books is a must-have resource.
As stated on the cover, this book offers an overview of “500 diverse books to ignite empathy and encourage self-acceptance in tweens and teens.” As a high school teacher, there are some familiar titles in these lists, but the depth and breadth of work Hart includes is far more extensive than I have encountered in my own teaching.
I am most impressed by the empathetic way Hart writes of these books and the readers who might respond to them. At the heart of Better with Books, the narrative is clear; we are more rounded and more empathetic people when we read, and Hart has provided a beautiful road map to growth.
The resources are split into chapters dedicated to topics: body image, mental health, immigration, and so on. Each chapter is split into two sections, books for tweens and books for teens.
I’ve already added several titles to a reading list for my niece, who is a tween, and my teenage students; I know these books will engage them and enrich their lives. I encourage every person with a young reader in their life to buy this book and use it as a guide for growth.
|Page Count||304 pages|
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