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Picture Books for Teens

Picture books can help middle school and high school readers build background knowledge and visual literacy. The endless range of subject matter presented in picture books, in the hands of skilled storytellers and artists provides many opportunities to explore different paths for learning and getting excited about reading and information. See the article: Picture Books Are a Powerful Tool for Teen Readers.

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

Sandra Neil Wallace
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2018
The Big Bang Book

The Big Bang Book

Asa Stahl
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2020
Gravity

Gravity

Jason Chin
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2014
It Started with a Big Bang

It Started With a Big Bang: The Origin of Earth, You, and Everything Else

Floor Bal
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2019
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines

Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines

Jeanne Walker Harvey
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2017
Nicky & Vera

Nicky and Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

Peter Sis
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Biography, Nonfiction
Published:
2021
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability

Shane Burcaw
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2017
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale

Duncan Tonatiuh
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2013
Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented

Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented

Tanya Lee Stone
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2018
The Undefeated

The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Poetry
Published:
2019
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Carole Boston Weatherford
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2021
We Are Water Protectors

We Are Water Protectors

Carole Lindstrom
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fairy Tales, Folktales and Myths
Published:
2020