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Young Adult Books with Mentally Ill Characters (Without Being All About Their Mental Illness)

It’s hard to know the accurate number of books with the combination of mainstream and self-published options available, but finding books featuring teens with mental illnesses is getting easier every day. Here are some of my own suggestions when it comes to young adult books mentally ill characters…without mental illness being the focal point of the story.

5 Book Series for Kids Who Hate Reading

Finding books for your kids to read can be tough, but not impossible. It normally comes down to having your kids pick their own books and finding suggestions of popular book series many kids easily relate to. The books in my list are a great starting place, as many of these series were books that interest my own students or even some of my closest friends growing up.

Books: 5 Middle Grade and YA Fiction Books About Grief

Grief is messy, complicated, and hardly a predictable cycle. For children and teens, navigating grief and growing up at the same time is a unique grief experience. Sure, there are nonfiction books about grief to guide kids and teens, but sometimes storytelling is better medicine.

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Hi, I’m Gretchen. I’m an educator, magazine editor, and a freelance writer. I’m also an artist sometimes. I sold my first freelance piece to Bustle when I was 20 years old and haven’t looked back! On my blog you’ll find some of my popular pieces, freelance and writing advice, and teaching tools.

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