Top books for tweens and teens on International Youth Day

International Youth Day focuses on tweens and teens and their place in society. It’s not just to protect them, but to include them in the development of communities around the world, whether they’re rich or poor.

Among the focal areas for youth development and protection with this UN initiative include education, employment, the environment, delinquency, girls and young women, HIV/AIDS and intergenerational relations. Beginning in the year 2000, it is an initiative that celebrates the qualities of young people and that recognises the challenges that today’s youth can face. Here are some incredible books, some adult literature, but most from youths themselves, inspiring change.

πŸ“š We Fight to Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism by Hava Rachel Gordon

πŸ“š The Whole World is Texting: Youth Protest in the Information Age by Irving Epstein

πŸ“š Gettin’ My Word Out: Voices of Urban Youth Activists by Leonisa Ardizzone

πŸ“š I Am Change by Suzy Zail

πŸ“š We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai

πŸ“š Slam Your Poetry – Start a Revolution by Miles Merrill and Narcisa Nozica

πŸ“š Noisemakers – 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World by Kazoo Media

πŸ“š Start Now! You Can Make a Difference by Chelsea Clinton

πŸ“š No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

πŸ“š Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration edited by Rose Brock

πŸ“š Putting Peace First: 7 Commitments to Change the World by Eric Dawson

πŸ“š Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength and Courage foreword by Amy Klobuchar

πŸ“š We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists edited by Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner

Read: Best reads for your kids on International Children’s Day.

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Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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