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29 Empowering Books All Teen Girls Need to Read

Life can be tough as a teenager, and it can be hard for parents to know how to help them through in a way which they will understand – after all, parents are from another planet, right? Every single book on this list will make a stunning gift for teenage girls through the empowering lessons, examples, stories, and exercises, which show them that they can achieve the unachievable if they really want to.

Books for Teenage Girls

Create Your Me Movement Empowering Guided Journal for Girls

If your teenager seems a little ‘lost’, help her forge her own path with the ‘Create Your Me Movement’ journal, which comes with 52 exercises to point her in the right direction.


How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls

How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls brings the Dale Carnegie classic to today’s teenagers, and covers topics such as peer pressure, and how to deal with it positively.

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Relax, Girl! You Got This

You want to tell your new-in-high-school daughter that she’s got this, but you’d probably be met with a heavenward glance. This book says it in a way that she’ll take on board.

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Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose

Sadie Robertson calls this ‘a call to power’ for Christian kids everywhere, and takes them through what they need to do in order to live with passion, power, and purpose.


Life Lists for Teens

Lists are a great way to organize your life, and they’re a useful skill for teenagers to learn. This book is crammed with lists on subjects such as school, tolerance, and online behavior.


How to Like Yourself

Teenage years can be riddled with self-doubt and low self-esteem as they struggle to find their place in the world. This book tackles it with sensitivity and teaches them how to love themselves.


The Power of Positive Thinking

The power of positive thinking can’t be overstated, and this book makes a great gift for teenage girls who can sometimes struggle to see the silver lining in any situation.

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You Don’t Have to Learn Everything the Hard Way

Some lessons can only be learned by making mistakes, but not all of them, and this book covers a lot of things that teens should know about but probably would never ask.

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Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages

The sisterhood is an essential part of life for girls, so let them celebrate it by reading a collection of stories by girls and women who have all overcome gender-based adversities.


The Running Dream

This empowering story about a girl who lives for running, but loses her leg in an accident, will encourage girls to go for their dreams, however many hurdles they face.

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The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make

This bestseller will hand young people the tools with which to make the best possible choices in 6 of life’s most important areas, and is packed with quizzes, illustrations, and more.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

This miniature version of the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens is the perfect size to fit in their pocket for a daily reminder of how to get ahead in life.


The Teen Girl’s Survival Guide

Teen expert Lucie Hemmen has compiled this top ten tips list for teens on how to not only survive but thrive in social situations and interactions, based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.


The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens

It’s not just the body which needs a good workout, so does the mind, and this workbook will put them through their paces as they build their self-esteem and confidence.


For Teenage Girls With Wild Ambitions and Trembling Hearts

Women have been blazing a trail for centuries – from Cleopatra to Malala – and this clothbound volume will inspire girls to believe in themselves and follow their own dreams.


Just As You Are

The sun doesn’t compete with the moon, they each have their time to shine, and that’s what this book teaches youngsters – ‘stop comparing yourself to others, because you’re perfect as you are’.


The Success Principles for Teens

This teen friendly tome builds on The Success Principles with a whole load of strategies which will guide teenagers in setting goals and achieving success in whatever they want to do.

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What Color Is Your Parachute?

Not everyone knows what they want to be when they ‘grow up’, and this career guide uses a tried and trusted method of helping them figure out what they want to do.


Women in Science

STEM is a big part of life, so encourage girls to excel in their chosen field with this collection of stories about 50 of the most notable women in history.



More a book for parents of teenage girls, this edition will help moms and dads navigate their way through the seven transitions which take their daughters from girls into women.

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Learning to Love the Girl in the Mirror

Self-love isn’t narcissistic, it’s essential, and ‘Learning to Love the Girl in the Mirror’ will help her to feel more confident and avoid self-esteem issues as she grows up.

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Express Yourself

Girls will no longer be silenced, and this guide will help teenagers to have their voices heard, in a calm, positive, and self-assured manner, in every kind of situation.


Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

A beautiful gift for teenage girls, ‘Start Where You Are’ is a journal which will teach girls to explore and develop their own creativity with beautifully illustrated prompts and exercises.



Dumplin’ is a feel good story about Willowdean Dixon, a young girl who doesn’t conform to society’s ideal but decides to take on the town’s beauty pageant just the way she is.

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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

Staring down the idea that teens really aren’t up to the job, Do Hard Things challenges the stereotypes inflicted on youth, and shows them how to stand up and be counted.


Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big & Believe in Yourself

Encouraging girls to take part in sports as a precursor for adult life, Throw Like a Girl makes an inspiring gift for teenage girls who want to grow into strong, confident women.


Teen Trailblazers

The 30 girls who feature in Teen Trailblazers all achieved magnificent things before the age of 20, proving to your teen that sisters really are doing it for themselves.


Doable: The Girls’ Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything

Sometimes it’s hard to see the bigger picture, which can make life’s goals seem overwhelming. This book provides strategies for breaking ambition down into easily achievable steps which all add up.


Bold, Brave and Courageous: A NO FEAR Success Guide

Described as a common sense roadmap, this book shows girls how to be successful and happy while having fun, through personal anecdotes which are told in a light and humorous way.


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