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I’ll admit it. I’m a little nerdy.🤓 Especially when books are involved. Each Christmas, I like to find a special book for my kids. Usually, we use the pants out of our library for books and audiobooks. But, at Christmastime, I try to find special books that they will treasure forever! But, finding good books for teens can be a challenge. That is why I assembled this list of special, fun, adventurous or series-starters your kids will treasure!
I search through the Newberry Award Winners, as well as a few of my top secret 😉 resources, to find something super special. As my kids are getting older, it is a little more work to find quality books that aren’t loaded with romance or language, or other inappropriate topics. If you are also finding the task a little overwhelming, check out this list of fun, adventurous, incredible books for your teen/pre-teen!
My book gift-giving prerequisites:
- They must have an incredible story
- a beautiful hardcover cover (nice paper & illustrations inside= bonus points)
READ THOSE REVIEWS: I can’t encourage you enough to read the reviews of any book for you hand them over to your pre-teen/teen. You know best what they should and shouldn’t be exposed to, their maturity and ability to process questionable material. The reviews are gold, because they are written by parents like you and me that value what we put into our children’s minds.
Good Books for Teens:
NOTE: We have read most, but not all, of these books. Please use your discretion in purchasing. I tried very hard not to recommend books that would contain inappropriate topics or language. If I let one get by me, please let me know so I can add a note to the parents. I hope you and your kids enjoy the Christmas break, lost in the imaginative world of books!
The Radical Book for Kids
This is a gorgeous hardback book with lots of illustrations on all of the pages. Would be great devotional for a pre-teen. Christian.
Have Courage, Be Kind: The Tale of Cinderella
This book came out last year with the new Cinderella movie. I absolutely loved it (maybe more than my daughter? embarrassing! :)) I loved that the concept of the new movie was centered around the moral, “Have courage & be kind.” Amazing movie and gorgeous book. Great for your pre-teen or teen girl.
I think I would like to get my teenager into the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This book is the pre-qual of that series. If your kids have already done the Chronicles of Narnia, this would be a great follow-up!
The Chronicles of Narnia Series
I love, love, love this series! There are boxed sets of softcover books on Amazon but they don’t allow linking to it. So, if you would rather have that, do a little search – it is on there! This is a hardcover volume of all 7 books. I, for one, do not like reading such enormously heavy books, so I wouldn’t recommend it, even though it is hardcover.
My son went through this amazing series and loved it! If your child loves suspense and adventure, this is a great series. There are softcover sets of all the books in the series. This link is to the hardcover, first book in the series.
- 2015 Newbery Medal Winner
- 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner
- New York Times Bestseller
If the awards tell you anything, this is one fantastic book. If you’ve got a boy who loves sports, he will love this book. This book does address a girlfriend relationship. If you enjoy this book, the next in the series is Booked.
This was a favorite of my son and his friends. It’s a Newberry Award winning book, full of suspense & survival in the Canadian wilderness. (NOTE: It also deals with the angst a young boy is carrying due to his parent’s divorce & his mother’s extra-marital affair. Also, it gives a very vivid description of a death.) Not recommended for younger readers.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling
This series is still being written and I am smitten. It is a fantastic adventure series that details the story of orphans who were raised by wolves and their hilarious governess. It is charming, funny, has fantastic vocabulary, and moral depth. You won’t be disappointed until you get to the end and have to wait for the next book to come out!
The Wolstonecraft Detective Agency
This series is new to us, but I purchased for my daughter for this year. (Don’t tell!) This story is for fans of Lemony Snicket (we are!) & the Mysterious Benedict Society.
The Worst Class Trip Ever
Want some fun? Dave Barry delivers up a hilarious read in this great book with adventure, the President of the United States and the monuments in the background.
A Prince’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom
A humorous look at the “prince charmings” in the stories of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. Finally, we get the rest of the story. Fun!
The Vengekeep Prophecies
The first in an unforgettable trilogy, this Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year takes everything you thought you knew about fantasy and spins it into pure magic. (We haven’t read this book, but we can’t wait! It looks amazing. It’s on our short list.)
I hope you enjoyed this list of book ideas for your pre-teen/teen boy or girl!
Looking for more great Christmas posts? Check these out!
- Read the Christmas Story throughout December
- Budgeting & Tracking for Christmas Spending
- A Christmas Home Tour: Outdoor ideas for your home!
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