Top 10 Motivational Books for Teens

Whether you're looking for a graduation gift idea, or you're hoping to help your teen make better choices , a motivational book might be the answer.

Although many of these books may offer the same inspirational messages you offer, your child may be more receptive to hearing these messages from someone else. 


Written by twin brothers, Alex and Brett Harris, Do Hard Things encourages teens to establish higher expectations of themselves. The authors argue that taking the hard road can help teens gain motivation to achieve greater things in life. 

The book is written by teens for teens. It's full of real life examples of teens setting tough goals and meeting them. It will show your teen how higher expectations can lead to a richer, fuller life.


Who Moved My Cheese? has been a life changing book for many adults for several generations. The teen version will undoubtedly help young people create positive change in their lives as well.

Adolescence is filled with change and uncertainty and this book focuses on the skills needed to adapt. Rather than resist change, teens can learn how to embrace change and develop increased resilience.


Sean Covey, son of the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, provides a teen-friendly version of this classic book. And clearly, helping your teen develop these habits at an early age will set him up for future success in life. 


An innovative book that gets right to the heart of many of the problems your teen faces on a daily basis. This book is also written by Sean Covey and he lets teens know in no uncertain terms that they are in charge of the choices they are making.


Simple Ways to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Times by Richard Carlson Ph.D., is divided into more than 100 short and to the point topics, such as: "Drop the Drama", "Check Out these Odds! (The Likelihood that Everyone Will Like You)", "Understand the Law of Focus" and "Be Creative in Your Rebellion".

It is meant to give your teen bite size advice, which makes it a quick read for teens who don't enjoy reading. This book is key to helping young people manage their stress and focus on what really matters in life.


The author, Mawi Asgedom, grew up during a civil war in Ethiopia. He overcame adversity and was awarded a scholarship to Harvard. In this quick read, your teen will learn valuable lessons on resilience.


Jack Canfield, the co-creator of the famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and Kent Healy,a successful author and entrepreneur since the age of 17-years-old explain how teens can become successful. The book uses 'twenty-three of the most important success strategies used by thousands of exceptional young people throughout history.'


The author, Roger Leslie, offers simple and thoughtful activities that will motivate your teen to set clear and attainable goals. This book encourages self-awareness and offers strategies for anyone who wants to live their best life.


Written by Dave Pelzer, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Child Called "It", this book is a 'part self-help book and part inspirational memoir.' Pelzer shows teens how they can overcome whatever challenges they face in life.


Written by career authorities Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles, this book helps teens discover their interests, which could be instrumental in helping them decide on a future career. Filled with practical content, it's is a quick read that has been updated to include the social media aspect of finding a career and job. 


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