Welcome to the first month of our 2016 reading adventure! Have you downloaded your FREE list and decided what style of books your family is going to start with?
I’ve decided to go along with popular culture and start the year off with personal growth. As adults, we’re very familiar with the personal growth genre, but we don’t always think about it for our kids. But they’re trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in too. It’s important that we constantly inspire and encourage them during their journey.
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January Reading Choices for Middle Schoolers
As I mentioned, I’ve chosen personal growth as our first choice for our adventure. Here are five books that I think teens will enjoy reading and will also personally challenge them.
Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson
Encourage your kids to be real change makers in their community and possibly the world. Real life examples, step-by-step activities, and tips make this not only an inspirational read, but a practical one as well.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
You’ll find few people as inspirational and uplifting as the late Randy Pausch. His Last Lecture will encourage your middle schooler to overcome their obstacles and make the most of every opportunity (and day) they’re given while keeping in mind what’s most important in life.
One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, & Jimmy Page
Identifying one word to keep your focus for the year can be very powerful regardless of your age. While reading this book, your tween/teen will be persuaded to set some goals this year for themselves and to assign one word to them. Then they’ll be able to compare all of their choices and actions against their chosen word, making it more likely that they’ll their goals.
Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens by Spencer Johnson
One thing is guaranteed in this world – change. Just like us, our kids are constantly faced with change, so the sooner they learn how to deal with it, and figure out how to embrace it, the better. Spencer Johnson adapted his bestseller for teens by adding in references that are more relevant to them.
You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. by Ben Carson M.D., Gregg Lewis, & Deborah Shaw Lewis
Our teens are growing up in a society where the bar continues to be set lower and lower, which saddens me. It’s up to us to encourage our kids to think BIG! Mr. Carson suggests that teens think for themselves, do what’s right, and embrace every chance they have to learn and grow.
Specials for our Subscribers
This month (and every month this year) our reading adventure subscribers will be receiving some goodies in their inbox to help them fully embrace their adventure with their middle schoolers.
We’ll be sending our faithful followers a reading log, a book report form, as well as some discussion questions to go along with some of our reading choices for the month.
What is your favorite personal growth book for tweens & teens?