Description - Better With Books: 500 Diverse Books to Open Minds, Ignite Empathy, and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Teens by MELISSA HART
Needed now more than ever- a guide that includes 500 diverse and current fiction and memoir recommendations for preteens and teens with the goal of inspiring greater empathy for themselves, their peers, and the world around them.
As young people are diagnosed with anxiety and depression in increasing numbers or dealing with other issues that can isolate them from family and friends--such as bullying, learning disabilities, racism, or homophobia--characters in books can help them feel less isolated. And just as important, reading books that feature a diverse range of real-life topics helps generate openness, empathy, and compassion in all kids. Better with Books is a valuable resource for parents, teachers, librarians, therapists, and all caregivers who recognize the power of literature to improve young readers' lives. Each chapter explores a particular issue affecting preteens and teens today and includes a list of recommended related books--all published within the last decade. Recommendations are grouped by age- those appropriate for middle school-aged readers and those for older teens. Reading lists are organized around- Racial and ethnic diversity Nature and ecology Immigration LGBTQI Adoption and foster care Learning differences Physical disabilities Religion and spirituality Body image Anxiety and depression Poverty and homelessness
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