Recommendations: Books about Healthy Relationships for Tweens & Teens

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Dating violence among teens is a big issue: according to Loveisrespect, an organization dedicated to helping teens in unhealthy and abusive relationships, one in three US teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a partner before they reach adulthood. But parents and educators who teach kids about what a positive, respectful relationship looks like — and how to identify an unhealthy one — can make a huge difference.

So this February, start talking to your kids about what healthy relationships look like! By sharing these stories, and talking about what makes real love so empowering and special, we can help the next generation find the loving, respectful partners they deserve.


Read more: 20 Mighty Girl Books for Tweens & Teens About Healthy Relationships.


The Importance of Reading Aloud to Children

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“In most households, parents read to children only until the children are old enough to read by themselves.

But there are differences in reading abilities and listening abilities. Trelease points out that a child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade. For that reason, parents should be reading seventh-grade books to fifth-grade kids. They’ll get excited about the plot and this will be a motivation to keep reading. A fifth-grader can enjoy a more complicated plot than he can read himself.”

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