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Jan 31

YA Reads: All about You

Posted on January 31, 2022 at 10:56 AM by Maggie Witte

Every day might bring new challenges, and it’s not always easy to deal with the stresses, emotions, and thoughts these challenges trigger. While nothing can replace talking to family, friends, therapists, or counselors, about what you’re experiencing and feeling, these books can maybe bring you a little comfort or help guide you to reshape how you respond or how you see yourself.

Positively TeenDB 104691 Positively teen a practical guide to a more positive, more confident you by Nicola Morgan

Award-winning author provides strategies to cope with change during adolescence. Emphasis on the importance of doing things you enjoy, understanding your personality type, how exercise and healthy eating can fuel mental and physical health, and more. For senior high and older readers. 2018.

Illustration of stylized starbursts and clouds with the title bursting from background's center.DB 104450 The resilient teen: 10 key skills to bounce back from setbacks & turn stress into success by Sheela Raja

Raja, a clinical psychologist, provides tools and critical skills to help teens bounce back from challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, care for their physical and mental health, and cultivate a sense of joy, even in the face of modern-day stressors. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Illustration of a diverse group of individuals with disabilities.DB 104292 The disability experience: working toward belonging by Hannalora Leavitt

Hannalora Leavitt, who is blind, provides a brief history of disability, and examines the different types, the culture, and communities. Leavitt highlights advocacy groups promoting change, and profiles celebrities, athletes, artists, and other people with disabilities. For junior and senior high readers. 2021.

Illustration of a man surrounded by plants ans saying, "I love you" in ASL.DB 104192 Continuum by Cheila Man

Fine artist, activist, and Titans actor Chella Man uses his own experiences as deaf, genderqueer, Jewish, Chinese, and transmasculine identities to talk about cultivating self-acceptance and acting as one's own representation. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For junior and senior high readers. 2021.

Illustration of hearts, flowers, rain cloud, sandwich, water droplets, body parts, and book title.DB 97388 Your brain needs a hug: life, love, mental health, and sandwiches by Rae Earl

Mental health guide provides advice on how to understand your diagnosis and offers coping strategies. Also suggests ways to navigate social media and personal relationships without feeling overwhelmed. Includes resources for additional help. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

Illustrations of Post-It notes with sketches of 7 famous people stuck to notebook paper.DB 92643 Fantastic Failures: true stories of people who changed the world by falling down first by Luke Reynolds

Author of Surviving Middle School (DB 85927), presents a collection of short biographies featuring successful individuals who overcame significant challenges in their lives. Profiles include J. K. Rowling, Ellen DeGeneres, Christopher Reeve, and Sonia Sotomayor. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2018.