Teaching teenagers can be a challenge for many newly qualified as well as experienced teachers. There is not an easy way out of working with a class of teenagers in any subjects. However, there are a number of excellent books Books for teachers about teenagers. These book will help you understand the teenage brain, show who the teens see the world, and provide you with practical advice. These books will help your work in the classroom and at home when faced with the mystery of teen behaviour. 

1. Books for teachers about teenagers: the teenage bran explained

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults 

by Frances E. Jensen (Author), Laurence Bouvard (Narrator), Amy Ellis Nutt (Narrator, Author), ISBN-10: 0062067842

This book is available in print and audible format. We will recommend audible form, and we do not expect you to finish it (it does go on a bit to the point of being boring). However, do stick around and make sure to listen to the first few chapters. It will help you to understand what is not going on inside adolescent bran. It will stop you from thinking that there’s something wrong with your teen’s brains and help you be a more tolerant cool, calm, and collected adult.

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)


by Philippa Perry

Practical advice books (for teachers and parents). In deed it was ‘Nothing ground-breaking, just a very useful advice’. However, it did strike the cord with those looking for ideas, explanation and space for reflection on own parental strategies.

2. Practical advice books (for teachers and parents)

Teaching the Whole Teen: Everyday Practices That Promote Success and Resilience in School and Life

by Rachel A PolinerJeffrey Benson ISBN 1506335888 (ISBN13: 9781506335889)

“We need to teach students to have grit.” “We must teach students to be resilient.” “Kids give up too easily today.” Do these comments sound familiar? Are you interested in teaching students to be resilient? Then read this book.

This book has many ideas/examples/strategies for building classroom community, having students reflect on their emotions and decisions, building empathy, and hone their communication skills.

The Power of the Adolescent Brain: Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students

by Thomas Armstrong  ISBN-10 : 1416621873

Whopping 25 reviews for a specialist book on Amazon is a good sign.

Simple but powerful ways that educators can help students connect with their education, following a helpful description of what makes the adolescent unique, physically and biochemically. Should be mandatory reading for all new teachers, and the first chapter should be compulsory for all parents when their eldest turns 12!

3. Books for teenagers (that are very handy for the adults) 

These books make excellent read with your teenager(s). They are also awesome books for teachers (and parents) about teenagers. That is, of course, if you get them to sit together and listen to you 🙂 A word of advice – do not believe the grumpy face that teens will pull when you suggest a little read together. The reality is – they love attention! And reading a book together is 100% attention on them. So even if they will pull the worse facial expressions that say ‘This is, THE WORSE thing in the world EVER!!!’ – just stick at reading. Keep reading and try to get a discussion going (accept that you may get ‘yes’ and ‘no’ as their version of an expanded answer). Just DO NOT GIVE UP! It will be a fruitful exercise. 

How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls Paperback

by Donna Dale Carnegie ISBN-10 : 0743284860

It is absolutely devastating that Donna has only done this book for girls. The boys’ population is missing out on some simple yet profound wisdom of how to function in society while in the dark tunnel of adolescence. Try the original How to make frons Dale Carnegy book. As always, the advice is to read the book together.

Books for teachers about teenagers

The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager

By Andy Cope (Author), Andy Whittaker (Author), Darrell Woodman (Author), Amy Bradley (Author)

Don’t be a stereotype. Start being the real, brilliant YOU!

Here is a little blog from the authors themselves: Do you catch yourself saying that life’s unfair? Do you see yourself as a victim of having too much homework? Or that your teachers are picking on you for no reason? May be you are blaming your mum when you can’t find your favourite shirt? Thought so! Yes, you’re a teenager, and you’re under massive pressure . . . school, friends, homework, exams, teachers, parents, relationships, looking good . . . you name it. But don’t just sit there and grumble. How about getting motivated, energised and start making a difference instead? The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager teaches you how to become your very best self – and how to figure out who that is, exactly. You’ll find your way to becoming brilliant at school, work, and life in general.

We have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with the kids. Yes, it was cheesy at the time, but we all took some great quotes from that book to carry with us in life. We particularly loved this one: I love to be a glow cause glowworm never glum, ’cause how can you be glum when the sun shines out of your bum.’

And of course please do not forget or make the learning fun by booking exiting schools workshops for secondary schools:-)