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12-15: Nonfiction for Teens

Nonfiction for Teens: Not Just for Homework

Having a vibrant collection of informational books for teen leisure reading is vitally important for two reasons. First, studies have revealed that many readers, especially boys, prefer nonfiction over narrative fiction.  Secondly, readers need to be comfortable reading and evaluating informational texts. As in all nonfiction collections currency is critical, but especially in Teen collections. Fads and trends change rapidly and the nonfiction must keep up. 

Guidelines for Young Adult Nonfiction collections can be found in Crew: a weeding manual for modern libraries

“This section is almost entirely leisure reading and should be kept as current as possible. Anything older than five years should be kept only if it is circulating well” p.35

“J and YA Nonfiction Use adult criteria for each Dewey category, but look especially for inaccuracy and triviality—common faults of over-simplified children's nonfiction.” p.83 

Suggestions for Weeding

Let's keep this simple. If it's more than five years old it needs to be considered for weeding.  Here are a few examples:

  • Puberty Girl by Shushann Movsessian (1741141044)
  • CosmoGirl Quiz Book: all about you (1588163814)
  • Skateboarding is Not a Crime: 50 years of street culture by James Davis (1554070015)
  • Ric Flair: to be the man by Ric Flair (0743456912)
  • P. Diddy by John Albert Torres (1584153156)


Suggestions for Purchase

Below are books to consider on a wide range of topics including beauty, fashion, coding, sports, and history.Take a look and consider what might fill a need in your collection.

  • Hello App Inventor! : Android programming for kids and the rest of us by Paula Beer and Carl Simmons  (9781617291432)
  • Steve Jobs: the man who thought different by Karen Blumenthal  (9781250015570)
  • Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw (9781626720077)
  • Braids, Buns, and Twists! step-by-step tutorials for 82 fabulous hairstyles by Christina Butcher (9781452124841)
  • Remember My Name: my story, from first pitch to game changer by Mo'Ne Davis (9780062397522)
  • Elena Vanishing: a memoir by Elena Dunkle (9781452121512)
  • Eyes Wide Open: going behind the environmental headlines by Paul Fleischman   (9780763671020)
  • The Family Romanov: murder, rebellion & the fall of imperial Russia by Candace Fleming (9780375867828)
  • In Real Life: my journey to a pixelated world by Joey Graceffa  (9781476794303)
  • Guinness World Records: gamer's edition (9781908843661)
  • The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 idea book : 181 simple machines and mlever contraptions by Yoshihito Isogawa (9781593276003)
  • Cool Nail Art by Hanna Lee (9781440240805)
  • Learn to Program with Scratch: a visual Introduction to programming with games, art, science, and math by Majed Marji (9781593275433)
  • Breakaway by Alex Morgan (9781481451079)
  • Minecraft Mastery: build your own Redstone contraptions and mods by Matthew and  Simon Monk (9780071839662)
  • How to Speak Dog: a guide to decoding dog language by Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman (9781426313738)
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan  (9781423183648)
  • Popular: a memoir: vintage wisdom for a modern geek by Maya Van Wagenen (9780525426813)
  • The Making of a Navy SEAL : my story of surviving the toughest challenge and training the best by Brandon Webb  (9781250069429)
  • I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai  (9780316322409)



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