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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
- Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (zines)
- Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (murals)
- Draw the Line by Laurent Linn (comics)
- The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures by Noelle Stevenson (comics)
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (painting)
- Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough (painting)
- From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon (filmmaking)
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (scrapbooking)
Performing Arts –
Do you shine in the spotlight? Then check out this list!
- This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams (dance)
- I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman (singing)
- Spin by Lamar Giles (DJ)
- Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (violin)
- Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany Jackson (rap)
- You in Five Acts by Una LaMarche (various performing arts)
- Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith (theater/acting)
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (drums/percussion)
Are you an athlete? Are sports your life? Check out these books!
- Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez (soccer)
- Check, Please! Book 1 by Ngozi Ukazu (hockey)
- Peak by Roland Smith (rock climbing)
- He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander (football)
- Tumbling by Caela Carter (gymnastics)
- They Better Call Me Sugar : My Journey from the Hood to the Hardwood by Sugar Rodgers (basketball)
- The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (running)
- We are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian (field hockey)
Cooking & Baking –
If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, you’ll want to check out these awesome books with MCs just like you!
- Somewhere Betwee’n Bitter and Sweet Laekan Zea Kemp (cooking)
- The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier (baking)
- A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen (baking)
- Bloom by Kevin Panetta (baking)
- What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter (food blogging)
- Notes From a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi (cooking)
- More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed Masood (cooking)
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer (baking)
Where are all my science, technology, engineering, and math geniuses? Satisfy your inner nerd with these books!
- Slay by Brittney Morris (video game design)
- Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson (science & math)
- A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole (biology)
- The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (engineering)
- Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout (science and technology)
- Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting it Done by Andrea Gonzales & Sophie Houser (video game design)
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (math)
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (mechanics)
Do you have a way with words — spoken or written? Then get wordy with these reads!
- Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman (song writing)
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (poetry)
- Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (fiction writing)
- Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe (debate)
- Love in English by Maria E. Andreu (poetry)
- A Pho Love Story Loan Le (journalism)
- Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant (writing romance)
- How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson (poetry)
Fashion & Beauty –
If you are talented in sewing, fashion, or other beauty-related fields, read on!
- Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (sewing)
- Crystal by Walter Dean Myers (modeling)
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston (cosplay)
- The Power of Style by Christian Allaire (fashion design)
- The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (fashion design)
- Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala (sewing)
- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (all things beauty)
- I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn (sewing)
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
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.”