Skip to Content. Sometimes the best stories are the true ones. Our list of the best biographies for young readers includes inspiring stories about people standing up for their rights, profiles of overlooked witnesses to history, anthologies that offer capsule bios of people who've done great things, and more. For tales of other outstanding leaders and people who made a difference, check out these lists: Civil Rights Books and Books About Racism and Social Justice.
Best Memoirs for Kids and Teens
Young Adult Biography Books
For some teens, reading the life stories of others—whether they're famous authors or victims of a civil war—can be an inspiring experience. This list of highly recommended contemporary biographies , autobiographies , and memoirs written for young adults includes life lessons about making choices, overcoming monumental challenges, and having the courage to be a voice for positive change. As a young man of 20 struggling to find direction, Gantos seized an opportunity for quick cash and adventure, signing on to help sail a foot yacht with a cargo of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City. Winner of the Printz Honor Award, Gantos holds nothing back about his experiences with prison life, drugs, and the consequences of making one very bad decision.
10 Contemporary Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs for Teens
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We love handing over an excellent biography or memoir to the young adult readers we know. Here are some of our favorite recent memoirs and biographies for teens. Just a heads up, WeAreTeachers may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. We only recommend items our team loves!