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The Body Book for Boys. Jonathan Mar & Grace Norwich, $11.99

Everything you need to know about growing up.


The Body Scoop for Girls: a Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You. Jennifer Ashton, $20.99

A no-holds-barred guidebook that speaks directly to young women.


Changing Bodies, Changing Lives. Ruth Bell et al, $28.95

Changing Bodies, Changing Lives is full of honest, accurate, nonjudgmental information on everything teenagers need to know about today. This book has helped hundreds of thousands of teenagers make informed decisions about their lives, from questions about sex, love, friendship, and how your body works to dealing with problems at school and home and figuring out who you are. It's packed with illustrations, checklists, and resources for the answers you really need. Best of all, it's filled with the voices, poems, and cartoons from hundreds of other teenagers, who tell you what makes them feel worried, angry, confused, sexy, happy, and, yes, even excited and hopeful about their lives.

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Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You. Deborah Reber, $14.95 (ages 12 and up)

Feeling overwhelmed? This easy-to-follow guide to stress management is the perfect solution for teens in desperate need of downtime. With schedules packed full of obligations ranging from academic to athletic to social, today’s teens know all too well the heavy toll that stress can take. And with the ever-present pull of technology, the idea of unplugging feels practically impossible.

But there’s a way to relax without sacrificing productivity, and this book will show you how. Explore a variety of techniques — including time management, visualization, exercise, and other creative outlets — that can take away tension and help organize your life. From de-cluttering your desktop to declining unimportant invites, the info, insight, and tools offered here will leave you with less stress, more happiness, and a blissfully balanced life.


Cutting Myself in Half: 150 Pounds Lost One Byte at a Time.  Taylor LeBaron, $15.95

The teen years can be agonizing for those who struggle with serious weight issues, with typical teenage stress multiplied by low self-esteem and social anxiety. Fourteen-year-old Taylor Le Baron was one of those teens: he had trouble finding clothes that fit, became winded after just a few minutes of walking, and was the target of fat jokes. He was over the weight limit for amusement park rides and bunk beds, and knew he was facing a lifetime of health-related issues like high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and type II diabetes if he didn’t make some drastic changes. Taylor decided he had to change both his sedentary lifestyle and his eating habits. Now, he shares his personal story in a way that is honest and transparent, and will inspire millions of overweight and obese children and teens to get fit.


Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs. Rozanne Gold, $22.50

Here is a just-for-teens guide (that everyone will love) to experiencing the joys of cooking and eating fresh food. Chef Rozanne Gold and her team of sous-chefs (aged 9 to 19) create over 80 of the most delicious, healthful, fresh recipes you could ever want to make.

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Free Your Child from Overeating: 53 Mind-Body Strategies for Lifelong Health. Michelle Maidenberg, $25.95

You may have tried to help your child — without much success — but you may be overlooking the root cause of their struggle with eating and exercise — their thinking. In Free Your Child from Overeating, Dr. Michelle Maidenberg shares over 40 interactive exercises that will help your child or teen:

  • Identify triggers, cravings, and self-sabotaging thought patterns
  • Define his or her values and find the motivation to change
  • Learn to eat mindfully by savoring meals and snacks
  • And set realistic goals using the four P’s: predict, plan, put into action, and practice

It can be tempting to hope that your child’s overeating is “just a phase,” but the price of inaction is too high. Using Dr. Maidenberg’s 53 strategies (rooted in mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy), you can free your child from overeating or obesity by building his or her confidence. Your child has the power to change, and you have the power to help!


Fueling the Teen Machine: What It takes to Make Good Choices for Yourself Every Day. Ellen Shanley & Colleen Thompson, $18.95

Nutrients, exercise and eating healthy. Weight management, sports nutrition and eating disorders. Vegetarianism, fast foods and fads. Parents, friends, teachers, websites and doctors. How do you navigate the world of nutrition and keep your body healthy strong and happy without getting overwhelmed?

Fueling the Teen Machine will give you the information you need to make good personal choices about your nutrition and finding healthy — and tasty — foods. From the basics of nutritional information to recipes to enjoy and impress, this book is a great resource for teens, college students and families.


Holistic Health for Adolescents: How Yoga, Aromatherapy, Teas, and More Can Help You Get and Stay Well. Nadia Milosavljevic, $29.95

Stress. Fatigue. Depression. Sleeping problems. Issues with focus and concentration. Headaches. Substance abuse. These are all common problems that teenagers deal with. We have long been acquainted with the conventional treatments of therapy and prescription medications. It turns out there are also many complementary and alternative therapies available that have evidence-based track records of success. This book presents therapies based around the five senses — including acupressure, aromatherapy, yoga, sound/music therapy — to help teens with their mental health. Each chapter reviews the signs and symptoms of a problem and presents detailed treatment protocols and therapies. This all-inclusive book is one-stop shopping for teens and parents looking for new, synergistic, and different ways to handle life’s problems.

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma: the Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Reader’s Edition. Michael Pollan, $12.50

Based on the bestseller “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: a Natural History of Four Meals”, author Michael Pollan takes young readers behind the scenes of the food industry to learn the realities and the politics of how our food gets to the table.


Our Bodies, Ourselves. The Boston Women's Health Collective, $29.99

Our Bodies, Ourselves is the resource that women of all ages turn to for information about their bodies, sexuality, and reproductive health. Completely revised and updated, these pages provide women with the information and tools they need to make key health decisions — accurate, evidence-based information, input from leading experts, and personal stories from women who share their experiences. This new edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves includes the latest vital information on:

  • SAFER SEX — how to engage in pleasurable, satisfying sexual experiences while protecting your health and the health of your partner.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RISKS — including minimizing exposure to everyday pollutants that endanger reproductive health.
  • BODY IMAGE — resisting negative media stereotypes and embracing healthier approaches to looking and feeling good.
  • LOCAL AND GLOBAL ACTIVISM — using social media and organizing tactics to build community and advocate for policies that improve women's lives.

As well as crucial information about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, peri-menopause, and sexuality and sexual health as we age.

Our Bodies, Ourselves is a one-stop resource for women of all generations.


The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian. Rachel Meltzer Warren, $14.99

No labels. No fuss. It's not about what you call yourself — it's about how you feel. Eating less meat can boost your energy, help you lose weight, and it's better for the environment. If you’re looking to cut down on meat or cut it out completely, here you'll find awesome advice and the answers you need to make it work for you. Get the scoop on:

  • Daily meal ideas and easy recipes even your non-veggie friends will want to try
  • How to convince your family this isn't just a fad or a phase
  • Finding good food when you're away from home: veggie-friendly restaurants, colleges, and travel spots
  • Getting enough iron, protein, and other vital nutrients to be healthy (because being vegetarian does NOT mean a diet of ice cream and pasta)
  • Sneaky meaty things that can end up in food that seems perfectly safe for vegetarians

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The Teenage Body Book. Kathy McCoy & Charles Wibbelsman, $22.95

Some teen issues are timeless: self-consciousness and uncertainty over rapidly changing bodies, tumultuous feelings, and dramatically changing lives. Many parents remember vividly their own youthful struggles. But today’s teens face challenges and possibilities that their parents never imagined: cyber-bullying, pressure to sext, new attitudes about sexual orientation and gender, and medical advances that have changed teen lives. The Teenage Body Book provides a platform for teens (and their parents) to discuss dilemmas, doubts, and possibilities that face young people in the new century.

Completely revised and updated for the first generation of teens to be born in the 21st century, The Teenage Body Book teaches teens how to overcome body image worries and maintain a healthy weight as well as making wise choices about drinking, smoking and drugs. The book helps them deal with depression, anxiety and stress as well as learning how to avoid STDs, pregnancy and abusive relationships.

The Teenage Body Book is simply everything teenagers and parents need to know about teenage nutrition, health, fitness, emotions, and sexuality.


A Teen's Guide to Gut Health: the Low-FODMAP Way to Tame IBS, Crohn's, Colitis and Other Digestive Disorder. Rachel Meltzer Warren, $23.95

The discomfort and embarrassment of IBS and other digestive disorders are hard enough for adults to deal with. For teens, it can be difficult to diagnose digestive diseases, challenging to navigate school and the cafeteria, and all-around isolating and stressful. As a registered dietician, Warren has helped teens transition their diets and seen the success of following a low-FODMAP diet to end the symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, and other digestive diseases.

With an emphasis on clarity and positivity, not deprivation, teens will learn how to find relief. The 30 easy-to-follow recipes are gluten-free (with vegetarian options) so teens can feed themselves meals they would want to eat. There is also a chapter to the concerns of real teens, answering questions, advice-column-style — no matter how embarrassing!


Too Fat? Too Thin? The Healthy Eating Handbook. Melissa Sayer, $11.50 (ages 10 and up)

Not happy with your body? Worried that a friend has an eating disorder? Can't find the motivation to exercise? THE HEALTHY EATING HANDBOOK is here to help with useful advice, facts, tips and quizzes on these issues and more.

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Yoga Exercises for Teens: Developing a Calmer Mind and a Stronger Body. Helen Purperhart, $19.50

111 exercises that help raise energy levels, increase muscle tone and reduce anxiety. No equipment, DVDs or gym membership necessary!


Yoga Girls' Club: Do Yoga, Make Art, Be You. Tiffani Bryant, $19.95

A fun, interactive workbook for girls aged 11-17 containing 43 easy-to-follow yoga postures, guidance on yogic breathing and meditation, opportunities for self-reflection and fun art activities. Designed to help girls feel more confident in body and mind and better equipped to handle the everyday pressures of the challenging teenage years.


YOU the Owner's Manual for Teens: a Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life. Michael Roizen & Mehmet Oz, $19.99

There's a big difference between an adult's body and your body, between adults' health mysteries and your health mysteries, between their questions and your questions. So, teens, this book is for YOU. It's about the biological changes that are happening in your brain and your body. It's about how to get more energy, improve your grades, protect your skin, salvage more sleep, get fit, eat well, maximize your relationships, make decisions about sex, and so much more. In fact, these pages answer hundreds of your most pressing health-related questions. The book doesn't preach. It just gives you straight-up information that you can use to make smart choices about how to live the good life — and enjoy every second of it.

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Complete Booklist

Books for Teens

The Body Book for Boys. Jonathan Mar & Grace Norwich, $11.99

The Body Scoop for Girls: a Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You. Jennifer Ashton, $20.99

Changing Bodies, Changing Lives. Ruth Bell et al, $28.95

Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You. Deborah Reber, $14.95 (ages 12 and up)

College Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends. Megan & Jill Carle, $24.95

Cutting Myself in Half: 150 Pounds Lost One Byte at a Time.  Taylor LeBaron, $15.95

Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs. Rozanne Gold, $22.50

Free Your Child from Overeating: 53 Mind-Body Strategies for Lifelong Health. Michelle Maidenberg, $25.95

Fueling the Teen Machine: What It takes to Make Good Choices for Yourself Every Day. Ellen Shanley & Colleen Thompson, $18.95

Holistic Health for Adolescents: How Yoga, Aromatherapy, Teas, and More Can Help You Get and Stay Well. Nadia Milosavljevic, $29.95

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: the Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Reader’s Edition. Michael Pollan, $12.50

Our Bodies, Ourselves. The Boston Women's Health Collective, $29.99

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian. Rachel Meltzer Warren, $14.99

Stress Relief: Ultimate Teen Guide. Mark Powell, $22.00

The Teenage Body Book. Kathy McCoy & Charles Wibbelsman, $22.95

A Teen's Guide to Gut Health: the Low-FODMAP Way to Tame IBS, Crohn's, Colitis and Other Digestive Disorder. Rachel Meltzer Warren, $23.95

Too Fat? Too Thin? The Healthy Eating Handbook. Melissa Sayer, $11.50 (ages 10 and up)

Yoga Exercises for Teens: Developing a Calmer Mind and a Stronger Body. Helen Purperhart, $19.50

Yoga Girls' Club: Do Yoga, Make Art, Be You. Tiffani Bryant, $19.95

YOU the Owner's Manual for Teens: a Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life. Michael Roizen & Mehmet Oz, $19.99

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Other booklists of interest may include Parenting Teens and Life Skills for Teens

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