Lists and Suggestions for Teens

List: Biographies and Memoirs

Muhammad, Ibtihaj, 1985- author.

"At the 2016 Olympic Games, Ibtihaj Muhammad smashed barriers as the first American to compete... More

Houtman, Jacqueline, author.

Bayard Rustin believed that every human being deserves respect and dignity. As a child he was taugh... More

Carmon, Irin, author.

"Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers a visually rich, intimate, un... More

Saedi, Sara, author.

"At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: s... More

Onwuachi, Kwame, author.

In this young adult adaption of his biography, Onwuachi tells how he was sent from the Bronx to rur... More

Jennings, Jazz, author.

Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings--named one of "The 25 most influential teens"... More

Yousafzai, Malala, 1997-

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to b... More

Gansworth, Eric, 1965- author, illustrator.

"The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for ... More

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947- author.

At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He s... More

Johnson, Katherine G., author.

"The inspiring autobiography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped launch Apollo... More

Boochever, Annie, author.

"'No Natives or Dogs Allowed' blared the storefront sign at the young Tlingit Indian... More

Noah, Trevor, 1984- author.

The comedian traces his coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumu... More

Williams, Andrea, author.

Before Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, Black athletes pla... More

Burcaw, Shane, author.

"With his signature acerbic wit and hilarious voice, twenty-something author, blogger, and ent... More

Walls, Jasmine, author.

"The first original graphic novel in a new series spotlighting the true stories of the real gr... More

Theoharis, Jeanne, author.

"This definitive biography of Rosa Parks accessibly examines her six decades of activism, chal... More

Sotomayor, Sonia, 1954- author.

"In this adaptation for middle graders based on her bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World... More

Fleming, Candace, author.

"A riveting biography of one of America's most celebrated heroes, and most complicated, t... More

DePrince, Michaela, author.

"The memoir of Michaela DePrince, who lived the first few years of her live in war-torn Sierra... More

Lee, Sungju, author.

"Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, i... More

Rubin, Susan Goldman, author.

"This comprehensive biography, written by celebrated nonfiction author Susan Goldman Rubin, ex... More

Conkling, Winifred, author.

Throughout the years, Gloria Steinem is perhaps the single-most iconic figure associated with women... More

Iftin, Abdi Nor, author.

Adapted from the adult memoir, this gripping story follows one boy's journey into young adulth... More

Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-

Presents the life of the Alabama teenager who played an integral role in the Montgomery bus strike,... More

Uwiringiyimana, Sandra, author.

Sandra Uwiringiyimana was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head.... More