Being a teenage girl is hard.
With so many voices in the media telling them they should look a certain way, act a certain way or think a certain way to be accepted, it is a confusing time and is hard to navigate just which voice to listen to.
There are so many incredible books written specifically for young girls trying to find their place in this world with messages of encouragement, hope and strength. The best way to get through the long years of female adolescence is with an inspiring story from an author that has been through the same hard times and has come out the other side!
We gathered up eight titles of books that we encourage any young girl to read. We hope these books serve as a comforting voice through all the noise!
I Am That Girl
I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones is a fantastic book for teenage girls looking to understand how to start a business and how to grow into their own right as a strong business woman. Jones details her own life struggles and how she was able to overcome and develop her own personal brand all while bringing up the women around her as well. She is a voice for women in business and is an encouraging example to teenage girls who are looking to follow in her footsteps.
Candi Luciano, Y Scouts
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso is a popular book, but informative and important nonetheless. It follows the path of the Nasty Gal founder and Girlboss CEO as she found her way in the business world and offers incredible insights for young women looking to pave their own way as well.
Vanessa Molica, The Lash Professional
Girl, Stop Apologizing
This book by Rachel Hollis tackles all the tough questions that ambitious women have to answer before they can succeed at their goals. Hollis, the founder of a multimillion dollar media company, tells stories in a funny, relatable way, making it easy to feel empowered and motivated to accomplish the dreams teenage girls might have.
Kayla Centeno, Markitors
The Greatest Salesman in the World
The Greatest Salesman In the World by Og Mandino is a great book for those looking to follow a philosophy rather than scattered pieces of advice. The book is broken up into sections called Scrolls with specific instructions on how to follow each before moving on to the next. It’s a path to follow for aspiring female business owners based on thinking and belief.
Peter Babichenko, Sahara Case
Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox: The Small-Business Guide for Teens
My go-to business book to recommend for a teenage girl is Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox. Even if you don’t aspire to be an entrepreneur, this book has everything a teenage girl will need to learn about the skills required in the real world. They will learn about the importance of goal setting, creating a marketing plan, managing their time well, and how to make smart money decisions. In addition, this toolbox includes business ideas, activities, and real-life stories from teenagers and successful entrepreneurs. By reading this book, teenage girls will learn about responsibility, hard work, leadership, and self-confidence.
Craig Rosen, InterviewFocus
The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People
Stephen Covey’s, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People is a must-read. 30 years after publication, it continues to be a best seller with practical suggestions and timeless attention on honesty, integrity and human dignity. Social emotional intelligence and leadership development stand out among the most important commitments a savvy business professional must make in their journey to success. This book gets your engine fired up. Your copy, like mine, will eventually have well earned dog-ears, yellow highlights, coffee stains, red circles and arrows all over it.
Karen Nowicki, Business Radio X
I recommend the book, Play Big by Dr. Jen Welter, the first woman to coach in the NFL. This book is an excellent source of information and inspiration for any girl or woman who may be facing challenges as she grows and learns. Dr. Jen shares powerful stories about the obstacles that she faced, and how to keep up the determination to reach your goals and smash barriers along the way.
Niki Ramirez, HR Answers
A book that changed my life is Personal History by Katharine Graham, it was such an influential book in my professional development. Mrs. Graham was the first female CEO of a Fortune 100 company and the publisher of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal. Reading her autobiography showed what true leadership looked like in an era where women were categorically left out of the boardroom.
Lauren Patrick, Curricula