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2021 Teen Reading Challenge: Shared Talents

Posted about 3 years ago by Jennifer Deuell

Welcome to month five of the 2021 RPL Teen Writing Challenge. How’s it been going?? If you’re completing the challenge in order, this month you’ll be focusing on prompt #5 — “Read something by or about a teen who shares one of your talents.” Well, let me tell you, this was a hard post to write! That is because you teens are so stinking talented. I did a quick survey on our Teen Discord Server to see which talents you’d like me to cover, and there were a lot! I’ve tried to combine as many as I could into a few broad categories but this is by no means an exhaustive list. If you get to the end of it and don’t see one of your talents, I encourage you read and tag us #rvalibrary and #2021rplteenreadingchallenge so that we know what it is! Or, if you need help finding something to read about a talent I haven’t covered, shoot me an email at and I’d be happy to help! 

Now, on to the megalist of teen talents!

Visual Arts –

If you express yourself for art, then this list is for you!


Performing Arts –

Do you shine in the spotlight?  Then check out this list!


Sports –

Are you an athlete? Are sports your life? Check out these books!


Cooking & Baking – 

If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, you’ll want to check out these awesome books with MCs just like you!



Where are all my science, technology, engineering, and math geniuses? Satisfy your inner nerd with these books!


Words –

Do you have a way with words — spoken or written? Then get wordy with these reads!


Fashion & Beauty –

If you are talented in sewing, fashion, or other beauty-related fields, read on!


I hope you find one or more resources on this list that are of interest.  If you are a teen, you can join the conversation taking place on our Discord server. We have a designated channel for readers to chat all month.  Not a member of the server yet?  Fill out this form and we’ll send you an invite.  Also, feel free to tag us on social media and share what you’re reading #2021rplteenreadingchallenge

Happy reading!

To visit (or revisit) my previous posts on the 2021 RPL Reading Challenge, follow these links:

The original post with info on how the challenge works.

Prompt 1 – Immigration in the U.S.

Prompt 2 – Teen Activism

Prompt 3 – Body Positivity

Prompt 4 – Protecting Our Environment

Check back next month for suggestions to fulfill Prompt 6 “Read something about Juneteenth or the legacy of slavery in the United States.”









Jennifer Deuell

Jenn Deuell is a Librarian with Richmond Public Library. She is a native of Fredericksburg, VA but has lived in Richmond for long enough that she now considers it home. She loves all things YA and can usually be found curled up at home with a good book (rainy day or not). Her other hobbies include traveling and spending time with family, including her husband, daughter Hannah, and two rescued pit bulls. For YA reading recommendations from Jenn, visit Bookologist.

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