- Do you hope to accomplish great things in the future? The first step is dreaming big, and Courtney Watkins’ new book, Dream It! Draw It! Think It! Do It! can help you do just that. Each page has a different activity that allows you to write, draw, and use your imagination. Use it to help you dream up nice things to do for your friends and family, invent time travel devices and new household cleaners, and more!
- The world around us is amazing, and it’s important that we protect it for our future and the future of those who come after us. To learn more about the incredible things already happening in nature — did you know there is life in virtually EVERY place on earth, no matter how cold, hot, wet, or dry it may be? — check out 50 Things You Should Know About the Environment by Jen Green. The book also looks at how humans affect the environment, the effects of climate change, and what we can do to take care of our precious earth.
- Have you ever asked your parents about how life was different when they were kids? A lot of things were probably the same — your parents rode in cars, watched TV, and talked on the phone just like you (although they probably didn’t text.) But they might not have had the internet, they probably didn’t have smartphones, and a map or a stop at a gas station for directions was probably their best bet when they got lost. By the time you’re an adult, a lot of things will have changed, too — although there’s no way to know exactly what those things will be just yet. Still, you can get some ideas in Hello from 2030: The Science of the Future and You by Jan Paul Schutten. Write down your favorite predictions from the book and put them someplace safe to see how many of them come true!
- If you are a fan of the Judy Moody books by Megan McDonald, make sure to check out the latest in the series, Judy Moody and the Bucket List. In it, Judy finds her grandma’s “bucket list” — a list of things she wants to do before she dies — and Judy decides to make her own. After reading the book, consider making your own list of all the things you’d like to do in the future — and check back throughout your life to see what you’ve done and what adventures still lie ahead!
- In Love, Ish by Karen Rivers, 12-year-old Mischa dreams of one day leaving earth for Mars — even though she has been rejected from the Mars Now program 47 times. Then she discovers that she has cancer, and all her future plans are blown apart. As she copes with her diagnosis, she learns how your dreams can pull you through even when the future is uncertain.
- Kristi Hoffman has focused on mentoring girls for over 20 years, and her book, Total Package Girl, includes advice on everything from getting along with your friends and family to discovering your passions and talents. This isn’t a book that you just sit back and read, either — it is filled with activities, quizzes, and other interactive pages to help you think about what’s important to you and the kind of girl you want to be.
- If you’re about to become a teenager or are already a teenager, you might have a LOT of questions about the future. What will it be like to be a woman? What if you have a crush on your teacher or your female friend? You can find no-nonsense information about puberty, dating, and sex in Being a Girl by Hayley Long. This book does cover some mature topics, so you might want to check with a parent before you decide if you are ready for it.
- As you get older, you’ll have more responsibility and explore more of the world — both in real life and online. New Moon Girls is a safe, moderated community where adult volunteers make sure to intercept bullying or information sharing that could put girls in danger. But when you move on to Facebook, Instagram, or other social networking sites — with your parents’ permission — go in prepared to stay safe and protect your privacy with Violet Blue’s The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online. It offers tips on what to do if your personal information gets hacked, how to respond if photos or other information you didn’t want shared “goes public,” and how to stay safe while chatting with people you might not know in real life. The internet can be both an exciting and a scary place, so consider going through this book with your parents when you’re ready to start exploring widely.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Have you read any of the books on the list above? What are your favorite books about the future? Leave a comment to let me know below!
Lacey Louwagie is an adult writer and editor who got her first editing job with New Moon Girls in 2002. She is currently a reporter for a legal news organization, which means she reads a lot of lawsuits! She has also been a teen services librarian and coordinates book-related goodies for New Moon Girls. She is the author of “Rumpled,” a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin for ages 14 and up, and the co-editor of “Hungering & Thirsting for Justice: True Stories from Young Adult Catholics.”