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Choose Books for Your Teen


Teens like to do things independently, like picking out their own books and activities. But there are times, like for birthdays or the holidays, when you may want to choose a book for your teen. It doesn't have to be a difficult task, if you follow the tips below.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Ongoing

Here's How:

  1. Make a list of the books your teen has already read. The list should contain both the title of the book and the author. Ask your teen to rate the books from 1 to 10 – one being the least liked and 10 being the most liked. The first place to start when looking for a book for your teen is with the list of authors that your teen has rated their books from 8 to 10. If any of these authors have new books out, they would make a perfect gift.
  2. Make a list of your teen’s interests and choose a book on that interest. For instance, if your teen is an avid Boston Red Sox fan, a book on the teams history will get read and enjoyed.
  3. Purchase the books in the format your teen uses. With all of the e-readers out now, your teen may prefer a digital version, as opposed to a paperback. Write down what they prefer so you will remember exactly what it is when their grandmother calls and asks for gift suggestions.
  4. Ask your teen if there is book they would like to read. Often teens will have a list of books they want to read and all you need to do is ask them for it.
  5. Visit a bookstore together. My family really enjoys going to a bookstore, hanging out in the coffee shop and looking for a good book or magazine. Pay attention to what your teen is looking for and the books they are interested in - again, write it down to help you remember.
  6. Encourage your teen to make a wish list at an online bookstore. Have they update it every month or so.


  1. Be cautious when purchasing a how-to type of book for your teen. You'll want to be sure that it is the book your teen wants, as hobbyists who use how-to books are particular about which books they use. Talk to your teen first.

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