Build a Better World: Books for Teens

Just one person can make a big difference! Get started by checking out one of these books from our Young Adult Nonfiction collection.


Volunteering Smarts: How to Find Opportunities, Create a Positive Experience, and More – Sandy Donovan

The Promise of a Pencil: how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change – Adam Braun

Breakthrough : how one teen innovator is changing the world  – Jack Anraka

Teenage Rebels: successful high school activities, from the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow – Dawson Barrett

Rise of the Rocket Girl: the women who propelled us, from the missiles to the moon to Mars– Nathalia Holt

Rebel Girls: youth activism & social change across the Americas – Jessica K. Taft

47 Things You Can Do for the Environment – Lexi Petronis


Eyes Wide Open: going behind the environment headlines –Paul Fleischman

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – William Kamkwamba

Every Vote Matters: the power of your voice from student elections to the Supreme Court – Judge Tom Jacobs and Natalie Jacobs

Be a Changemaker: how to start something that matters –Laurie Ann Thompson

It’s Your World, Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going! –Chelsea Clinton

Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan – David Aretha

Ignite Your Spark: discovering who you are from the inside out – Patricia Wooster


Freedom is a constant struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the foundations of a movement – Angela Y Davis

The Atlas of Human Rights: mapping violations of freedom around the world – Andrew Fagan

Votes of Confidence: a young person’s guide to American elections   Jeff Fleischer

The March Against Fear: the last great walk of the civil rights movement and the emergence of black power – Ann Bausum

Speak a Word for Freedom: women against slavery – Janet Willen

Positive: surviving my bullies, finding hope, and changing the world – Paige Rawl

I am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changedthe world – Malala Yousafzai

Created by Izabel Gronski on Jun 15th, 2017 @ 3:46 PM.
Updated on Jun 15th, 2017 @ 4:10 PM.