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The Anxiety Workbook for Teens. Lisa Schab, $21.95 (ages 15+)

About one in four teens suffers from mild to serious problems with anxiety, and many of them get little or no help. This workbook gives teens a collection of tools to help control anxiety and develop insight into their problems as well as offering practical guidance for overcoming them.

 


CHILL Like a Superhero. M-C Bailey-McKenna, $16.95 (ages 11-14)

CHILL Like a Superhero is a bright, inspiring graphic novel that helps young teens navigate the challenges of everyday school life. Young teens will recognize common school stressors, and learn ways of coping.  Included are:

  • strategies to deal with social stressors, including embarrassing moments
  • multiple ways of coming back to calm and increasing focus on schoolwork
  • insight into physical and emotional states, handling bullies, and dealing with lying
  • five key ways of getting to calm, alert and focussed
  • key aspects to a great apology, or fixing up relational messes

Cliques Just Don’t Make Cents. Julia Cook, Illustrated by Anita Dufalla, $14.95 (ages 10-13)

CLIQUES JUST DON’T MAKE CENTS is a book that helps kids understand the emotional toll that cliques can have on those who are excluded from popular social groups. It also teaches them how to build better relationships. The book includes tips for parents, teachers and counselors on how to help young people who often feel excluded by others.

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Don’t Behave Like You Live in a Cave. Elizabeth Verdick & Steve Mark, $14.99 (ages 8-13)

Is your behavior sometimes out of whack or out of control? Do you tend to get in trouble more than other kids you know? Don’t worry — you’re NOT a problem child. But you may need help with your behavior at home and school — and that’s what this book is for!


Dude, That’s Rude! (Get Some Manners). Pamela Espeland & Elizabeth Verdick, $12.95 (ages 8-13)

Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations—at home, at school, in the bathroom, on the phone, at the mall, and more … It seems like light reading, but it’s serious stuff: Manners are major social skills, and this book gives kids a great start.


Friend Me! 10 Awesome Steps to Fun and Friendship. Laura Buddenberg & Alesia Montgomery, $13.95 (ages 10-13)

This book will give kids the skills and the confidence to seek out new relationships, put more fun in their friendships, and be the kind of person others can happily call “my good friend.”

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Friends and Frenemies: the Good, the Bad, and the Awkward. Jennifer Castle & Deborah Reber, $16.99

Middle school friendships can be a source of great joy one day, then pain and anxiety the next. Friends and Frenemies examines the complexities of friendship and helps readers start building communication tools that will last a lifetime. The book tackles big questions such as: “How can I make friends?” and “What if I feel like I need to end a friendship?”

Friends and Frenemies includes not just advice, but also comments from real kids, advice from older teens who have been there and done that, quizzes, polls, and other interactive elements that encourage readers to engage with the book, adding their own thoughts and experiences.


How Rude!® The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out. Alex J. Packer, $34.99

Explaining etiquette from A (“Applause”) to Z (“Zits”), Alex J. Packer blends outrageous humor with sound advice as he guides readers and explains why manners and etiquette are important—because people who know how to handle themselves in social situations come out on top, get what they want, feel good about themselves, and enjoy life to the fullest. Full of practical tips for every occasion, How Rude! is a serious etiquette encyclopedia — and a hilarious read. In 480 pages, this revised and updated edition describes the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations at home, in school, online, and in the world.


In Love and In Danger: a Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships. Barrie Levy, $18.95 (ages 14+)

This book is for teenagers and parents of teens who have questions about abusive dating relationships. In Love and In Danger helps teens understand abusive dating situations, decide how to deal with them and learn how to get help. Providing useful information, practical advice and revealing interviews with teens, this newly revised edition includes a new afterword for parents and a resource sections with information on books, websites and organizations teens can turn to for help.

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The Kids’ Guide to Working Out Conflicts: How to Keep Cool, Stay Safe and Get Along. Naomi Drew, $21.99 (ages 10-15)

From taunts and teasing to physical assault, many kids face difficult, even dangerous situations at school, at home, and in the community. How can they avoid conflict and defuse tough situations? Written by a well-known expert on conflict resolution and peacemaking, incorporating the results of a nationwide survey of kids ages 10-15, this book offers practical, realistic answers. Author Naomi Drew describes common forms of conflict, the reasons behind conflicts, and positive ways to deal with difficult circumstances. Through self-tests and exercises, young people discover whether they are conflict-solvers or conflict-makers. They learn how to stand up for themselves without getting physical, and how to deal with people who don't want to resolve conflicts in a peaceful way. Includes tips for:

  • countering bullying
  • calming down, lessening stress and tension
  • letting go of anger and resentment
  • eliminating put-downs and other hurtful language

Quiet Power: the Secret Strengths of Introverts. Susan Cain, $23.99

Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently changed the way we see introverts and the way introverts see themselves. The original book focused on the workplace, and Susan realized that a version for and about kids was also badly needed. This book is all about kids’ world — school, extra-curriculars, family life, and friendship. You’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way. You’ll hear Susan Cain’s own story, and you’ll be able to make use of the tips at the end of each chapter. There’s even a guide at the end of the book for parents and teachers.

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Relationship Skills 101 for Teens: Your Guide to Dealing with Daily Drama, Stress & Difficult Emotions Using DBT. Sheri Van Dijk, $23.95

Do you ever feel like your emotions are out of your control? Is it hard for you to make friends, get a date, or get along with your parents? You aren't alone. For some people, good relationships seem to come easily. But if you are like many others, you may need a little help. This book offers evidence-based strategies you can use to take control of your emotions and reactions in order to respond effectively to peer pressure, bullying, cyberbullying, and gossip, allowing you to navigate the many social issues that make these years so challenging.

This book outlines three core skills to help you manage your emotions and create better relationships. First, you'll discover how mindfulness can help you face each life experience with awareness and acceptance. Second, you'll find more effective ways of communicating with others so you can develop healthier, more balanced relationships. Finally, you'll learn powerful skills to regulate your emotions so you don't end up taking things out on the people you care about. With these combined skills, you’ll learn how to act in healthier ways so you don’t end up pushing people away.

Like most teens, you want to make and keep friends. You also want to date! And you'd probably like to have a good relationship with your parents. This book will give you the skills to reach these goals and live a happier, more fulfilling life-well beyond your teen years. Why not get started now?


Respect: a Girl's Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line is Crossed. Courtney Macavinta & Andrea Vander Pluym, $24.99 (ages 14+)

To be respected, girls need to know how they want to be treated, treat themselves that way, and let others know (respectfully, of course) to do the same. This smart, savvy book helps teen girls get respect and hold on to it no matter what. It covers topics they deal with daily, like body image, family, friends, the media, school, relationships, and rumors. It confronts tough issues like sexual harassment, date rape, sex, drugs, and alcohol. And it debunks the myths and stereotypes that hold girls back.

Sidebars, scenarios, quotes from teens, tips, definitions, activities, and writing exercises get girls' attention and keep them involved. The understanding, supportive "big sister" style inspires trust. Girls learn that respect is connected to everything, every girl deserves respect, and that respect is always within reach because it starts on the inside.

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Social Skills Comics for Teens: Real Teens Show How to Behave in Real Social Situations. Elizabeth Bennett, $43.95 (ages 14+)

This book is packed with comics designed to show teenagers the expected ways to behave in a variety of social situations. Each scenario is depicted in with both inappropriate and appropriate behaviors including body language and other non-verbal cues. Interactive activities encourage teens to apply these skills to their own lives.


Socially Curious and Curiously Social: a Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke, $34.95 (ages 15+)

This book is a “get real” discussion about what really goes on inside the mind of people as we share space together. From discussing the “ins and outs” of what it means to be a “Social Thinker” to figuring out texting, dating, the many different levels of friendship and the many and varied emotions we experience as we relate to others, the authors describe the “real world” of being with other people.


The Teen Girl's Survival Guide: 10 Tips for Making Friends, Avoiding Drama & Coping with Social Stress. Lucie Hemmen, $23.99

As a teen girl, you are likely feeling pressure and stress from every direction. Having good, healthy relationships with friends you can count on makes all the difference. In this guide, psychologist and teen expert Lucie Hemmen offers ten tips to guide you toward creating and maintaining the social life you want. Even better, the real experts that make this guide special are older teen girls who have recently been where you are now — and have plenty to say about it.

As you move through this fun and engaging guide, you will get a sense of who you are as a friend, appreciate authentic qualities you can share with others, and get moving toward expanding the quality and quantity of your social connections. Before you know it, small steps will lead to big changes and you will find yourself more confident, connected, and happy. Grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the ten tips guide you in developing yourself in both simple and significant ways.

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TEXT, Don't Call: an Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life. INFJoe, $19.00

An illustrated guide to the challenges and pleasures of the introverted life. There are many misconceptions about introverts in the world. They’re shy. Anti-social. They don’t want to have close relationships. They’re all cat people. They don’t like big parties (okay, that last one might be true).

INFJoe, the cartoon persona of artist and introvert Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, is here to set the record straight. Filled with charming comic book style illustrations, this book provides invaluable insights into the introverted life with plenty of humor and wit. Full of moments that will make introverts say, “That’s so me!” as well as helpful tips on surviving at parties and in the workplace, Text, Don’t Call is the perfect gift for your quiet friends, or the extroverted ones who could use some help to better understand the introverts in their lives.


Totally Chill: My Complete Guide to Staying Cool. Christopher Lynch, $30.95 (ages 10-15)

A stress management workbook for kids with social, emotional or sensory sensitivities.


Where Should I Sit at Lunch? The Ultimate Guide to Surviving the High School Years. Harriet S. Mosatche & Karen Unger, $22.95 (ages 14+)

Everything teenagers need to know about surviving the four most dramatic and difficult years of their lives, written especially for teens aged 13-17. This is the ultimate all-in-one survival guide for today's high-schoolers. The authors are sought-after speakers who talk to teens all the time - and they tell it like it is, dishing up the no-nonsense advice that teenagers are looking for. They set the record straight on peer groups, part-time jobs, colleges, homework, family, friends, and rivals. Where Should I Sit at Lunch offers real-life stories from teens who've ‘been there, done that’ and tips from teen-friendly experts. And yes, they tell them where to sit at lunch, too.


Yes I Can Teen Talk. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 13 to adult, 2-6 players)

Many teens have difficulty initiating and sustaining conversations. Yes I Can — Teen Talk is a fun way to build conversation skills and to get to know family, schoolmates, and friends. Suitable for families, classrooms, counselors, and therapists.

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Complete Booklist

Social Skills Resources for Pre-Teens & Teens

The Anxiety Workbook for Teens. Lisa Schab, $21.95

CHILL Like a Superhero. M-C Bailey-McKenna, $16.95 (ages 11-14)

Cliques Just Don’t Make Cents. Julia Cook, Illustrated by Anita Dufalla, $14.95 (ages 10-13)

Don’t Behave Like You Live in a Cave. Elizabeth Verdick & Steve Mark, $14.99 (ages 8 to 13)

Dude, That’s Rude! (Get Some Manners). Pamela Espeland & Elizabeth Verdick, $12.95 (ages 8 to 13)

Friend Me! 10 Awesome Steps to Fun and Friendship. Laura Buddenberg & Alesia Montgomery, $13.95 (ages 10-13)

Friends and Frenemies: the Good, the Bad, and the Awkward. Jennifer Castle & Deborah Reber, $16.99

How Rude!® The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out. Alex J. Packer, $34.99

In Love and In Danger: a Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships. Barrie Levy, $18.95 (ages 14+)

The Kids’ Guide to Working Out Conflicts: How to Keep Cool, Stay Safe and Get Along. Naomi Drew, $21.99 (ages 10-15)

Quiet Power: the Secret Strengths of Introverts. Susan Cain, $23.99

Relationship Skills 101 for Teens: Your Guide to Dealing with Daily Drama, Stress & Difficult Emotions Using DBT. Sheri Van Dijk, $23.95

Respect: a Girl's Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line is Crossed. Courtney Macavinta & Andrea Vander Pluym, $24.99 (ages 14+)

The Shyness Workbook for Teens. Bernardo Carducci & Teesue Fields, $19.50 (ages 15+)

Social Skills Comics for Teens: Real Teens Show How to Behave in Real Social Situations. Elizabeth Bennett, $43.95 (ages 14+)

Socially Curious and Curiously Social: a Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke, $34.95 (ages 15+)

The Teen Girl's Survival Guide: 10 Tips for Making Friends, Avoiding Drama & Coping with Social Stress. Lucie Hemmen, $23.99

TEXT, Don't Call: an Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life. INFJoe, $19.00

Totally Chill: My Complete Guide to Staying Cool. Christopher Lynch, $30.95 (ages 10-15)

Where Should I Sit at Lunch? The Ultimate Guide to Surviving the High School Years. Harriet Mosatche & Karen Unger, $22.95 (ages 14+)

Yes I Can — Teen Talk. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 13 to adult, 2-6 players)

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