New Year’s resolutions – we love them, hate them, make them, and break them. Whatever self-help approach works for you, Bookshare has a special reading list of books for teens and adults to help define and prioritize the year ahead. Whether you want to accelerate or change your career path, get your personal finances in order, communicate more effectively, overcome the clutter in your house, adopt a healthier lifestyle, or break free from stress and anxiety, we’ve got some life-affirming resources to help you along the way. Here is a taste of some of the books on the New Year, New You list:
Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace by Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick
Naturally Nourished by Sarah Britton
Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s for Dummies by Eric Tyson, MBA
If one of your resolutions is to encourage a child in your life to read more, we suggest checking out the books on this list: Jane Addams Children’s Book Award winners. A lifelong pacifist, Jane founded Hull House in 1889 and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931, the first American woman to do so. The award honors her life’s work by celebrating books that promote peace and social equality.
Here are a few gems to entice middle school readers:
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman – Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Their belief in freedom will inspire readers to stand up for what they believe in.
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – A young girl in Pennsylvania in 1943 finds the courage and compassion to stand as a lone voice of justice against bullying.
And some intriguing titles for younger readers:
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson – Maya is different and rejected by her classmates. This book is about what it means to be a friend and how even small acts of kindness can make the world better.
Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeannette Winter — After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.
Here’s to a 2018 filled with rewarding reading using eyes, ears or fingers and whatever device and reading app works for you.