Fun & New YA Nonfiction for Teen Read Week
By: Liz Tousey, OverDrive Collection Development Specialist.
Full of personal stories, humor, and titles with plenty of exclamation points, we’ve complied a list of young adult nonfiction books that fit perfectly with this year’s Teen Read Week theme of “For the Fun of It!” And because fun doesn’t just begin and end with reading (or so I’ve heard from others), there are plenty of DIY books for teen makers and creators.
The Amazing Book is Not on Fire
With millions and millions of subscribers on YouTube, Dan and Phil’s book has been one of the most popular YA nonfiction titles released in the last year. Read-alikes include You Don’t Know Jacks by Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky, They Let Me Write a Book! by Jamie Curry, Don’t Try This at Home! by Kian Lawley and Jc Caylen, and Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig.
The Gutsy Girl
Reformed scardey-cat Caroline Paul shares her greatest escapades, and encourages girls to seek out adventures and ignore their fears. Read-alikes include This May Sound Crazy by Abigail Breslin, You Got This! by Maya S. Penn, and 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School by Erika Stalder and Steven Jenkins.
Planes, Gliders and Paper Rockets
Great for teens who like to craft, build, and experiment. Read-alikes include Maker Lab by Jack Challoner and Jack Andraka, Duct Tape: 101 Adventurous Ideas for Art, Jewelry, Flowers, Wallets and More by Forest Walker Davis, and Rubber Band Engineer by Lance Akiyama.
Perfect for comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts who want to try their hand at making something of their own. Read-alikes include Draw Out the Story by Brian McLachlan, You Can Do a Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate, and Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice by Catherine Lewis and Joost Swarte. (Bonus! These titles are also perfect for NaNoWriMo next month.)
This Book Loves You
This image-laden, funny book is great for visual teens who love Tumblr or Instagram. Read-alikes include Everything is Awkward by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, and (coming soon) The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words that Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do by Eden Sher and Juila Wertz.