• Amba Brown

7 Best Non-Fiction Books for High School Students

Updated: Dec 3, 2019

Looking for a non-fiction book for high school students to prepare them for life after school?


Here is our list of the best books to buy high schoolers this season.


1. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

Author: Scott Adams

About: High School students need to learn that success in life is not made by learning a single rote skill the way school teaches you. But rather by combining separate, what look like unrelated skills. Even if you are not the best at any single skill, by being good enough at many, allows you become the world's greatest in that combination.

Such as how Scott Adams combined his meager art skills with communication skills and experience of working in business to create Dilbert.


Contributor: Mark Wilcox, CEO Camping Forge


2. 101 Lessons They Never Taught You In High School About Going To College

Author: Mark Beal

About: Inspired by current college students and recent graduates, this book is the ultimate guide for incoming college freshmen offering real-world actionable advice from those who were recently freshmen themselves. 


Contributor: Mark Beal, Professor of Practice in Public Relations, Rutgers University School of Communication & Information.


3. The Kid’s Book of Questions


Author: Gregory Stock

About: There are many hypothetical questions about situations that affect high school students, such as bullying and high school. This book helps them to think about their lives now and helps them to improve their own lives and the people around them.


Contributor: Steve Sonntag


4. How To Succeed In High School and Prep For College

Author: Phyllis Zimbler Miller, M.B.A.

About: The book is NOT just for the top students -- it is for all high school students, including those who will be the first of their families to attend college.


Contributor: Phyllis Zimbler Miller, M.B.A.


5. College Without High School

Author: Blake Boles

About: College Without High School shows how independent teens can self-design their high school education.


Contributor: MikalaStreeter Founding Principal, The LIFE School


6. Oh, the A**holes You’ll Meet!: A Comic Book Poetry-Guide to Life

Author: Shwa Laytart

About: Avantpop Books' newly published book “Oh, the A**holes You’ll Meet!

A Comic Book Poetry-Guide to Life” First Edition Hardcover is a great unique item for High School Students. The author, Shwa Laytart, originally wrote this poem for his daughter in High School as a witty lighthearted guide for navigating the many characters in the world. Alongside the poetry, this 28-page book includes full-page color illustrations by a graffiti artist that teens will love!


Contributor: Avantpop Books


7. The Start-up of You


Author: Reid Hoffman

About: As high school students prepare to enter the real world its important for them to understand that they are their own product. They have to sell themselves to colleges, they have to sell themselves to employers. Thinking *like* an entrepreneur when it comes to navigating their career can help them achieve success in their career sooner in life.


Contributor: Brandon L. Griffin is a Client Success Manager and Co-Chair of Next Gen Forward, an Employee Resource Group for Millennial Employees at USA TODAY NETWORK. Brandon is also a Life Coach for Gen Z students.



What are your favorite books to support the emotional, social and practical wellbeing of teenagers?

For students still deciding what to do after school, you can check out our book, 'Finding Your Path - A Guide to Life & Happiness After School' - written by Amba Brown and published by HarperCollins.


We'd also love to hear your suggestions. What books do you recommend? Share in the comments below!


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