This month’s theme is “What Do YOU Think?” to go along with the January/February 2016 issue of New Moon Girls magazine. One of the great parts about growing up is learning new things and exploring your views. Whether pondering a moral dilemma, or considering a possible career, these are books to make you think for kids!
- The Book of What If . . .? Questions and Activities for Curious Minds by Matt Murrie and Andrew R. McHugh – What if you could stay young forever? What if you could time travel? This book tackles these questions and dozens more, from the serious (how can we cure cancer?) to the silly (what if broccoli tasted like chocolate?) Read it cover-to-cover, or skip around to the questions that interest you most.
- Careers: The Graphic Guide to the Perfect Job for You – Have you ever felt stumped when someone asks you what you want to be when you grow up? Or do you want to learn more about your dream job? This book is jam-packed with info on almost 300 jobs, and who knows? Maybe your dream job is one you haven’t even heard of yet.
- The Soul-Searcher’s Handbook: The Modern Girl’s Guide to the New Age World by Emma Mildon – Are you curious about astrology, dream interpretation, or the benefits of yoga? This book explores many “new age” spiritual beliefs, which might help you decide what YOU believe.
- Girls Rebel: Amazing Tales of Girls and Women Who Broke the Mold – Do you march to the beat of your own drum? Is what YOU think different from what those around you think? You are in good company! This book offers brief biographies of women who saw things in a unique way, from astronaut Sally Ride to Sister Mother Theresa.
- What if what YOU thought should happen made a difference in the plot of the stories you read? The You Choose books allow you to imagine yourself as a character from history and take the story down different paths based on the choices you make. Books in the series include Ellis Island, The Child Labor Reform Movement, The Salem Witch Trials, and more.
- Have you ever had to make a tough choice about friendship? In You Can’t See the Elephants by Susan Kreller, 13-year-old Mascha must decide what to do when she learns that two of her new friends are being abused at home — and how to cope when others don’t believe her.
- In The Education of Ivy Blake by Ellen Airgood, Ivy must decide what to do when her mother, who throws embarrassing public tantrums and neglects Ivy at home, takes Ivy back when Ivy would rather keep living with her best friend. (If you like this book, check out its companion novel about Ivy’s best friend, Prairie Evers.)
- In Victoria Torres (Unfortunately Average) Birthday Glamour by Julie Bowe, a girl who is about to turn 12 has to choose between a traditional birthday party with her family, or a glitzy party with her friends in the mall’s newest spa store. Which one would you choose?
- Keeping a diary is a great way to explore what you think and remember it later. Deborah Zemke’s book Bea Garcia: My Life In Pictures shows one girl’s experience when her best friend moves away and a pesky boy moves in next door — in her own words, and drawings!
OK, so now, what do YOU think? What books have you read that really got you thinking? Have you read any of the books recommended above? Leave a comment with your thoughts and recommendations!
Lacey Louwagie is a writer, editor, reporter and youth librarian. She always loved writing and wrote her first novel at 15. Her first editing job was with New Moon Girls. She recommends books for review in NMG Magazine. Since there isn’t room in the magazine to cover all the great reads she discovers, she shares them on the second Sunday of each month here at https://newmoon.com/blog.