Taking the Big Step into the World: Life Skill Resources for Teens

Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019

There are several skills that can help teens transition from high school to their big step in the world. Take a look at the books below to see how some of these skills can be acquired.

Apprenticeship, College, and Career

Apprenticeship: The Ultimate Teen Guide
by Penny Hutchins Paquette

“For young people interested in learning on the job, for those who are looking for an alternative to the traditional four-year college degree, for those who can’t afford college, for those who want to be trained in a specific trade and enjoy learning in a hands-on environment, and for those who want to 'earn while they learn,' apprenticeship may be an excellent choice” (p. 17). This book gives the history of apprenticeship and presents the different types of apprenticeships that are available in a variety of fields. There are also personal stories from people who have done an apprenticeship.

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Teen’s Guide to College & Career Planning
by Justin Ross Muchnick

Readers will find a lot of helpful material, including advice from teens, parents, and professionals who are familiar with the process of looking for and applying to colleges in this book.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Effective Job Hunting & Career Preparedness
by Susan Henneberg

Hunting for a job is a whole lot easier when you have a plan of action. This step-by-step guide is a resourceful tool as it discusses ways one can successfully search for a job, prepare for the resume/interview process, and gain experience while on the job. The last step focuses on careers and postsecondary education.

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What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens
by Richard Nelson Bolles and Carol Christen

What are your interests? What skills do you possess? What is your ideal work environment? This book encourages readers to reflect on these questions and more so they can have a good start in discovering their dream job. What Color Is Your Parachute? also discusses how to plan for the future and how to search for and find that dream job.

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Budgeting and Finances

Budgeting Smarts: How to Set Goals, Save Money, Spend Wisely, and More
by Sandy Donovan

Budgeting is made easier with this 64 page book. It provides readers with a sample budget, a sample goals worksheet, and more tips for those who want to get serious about a budget.

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The Teen Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Saving, Work, Wealth, and More
by Kara McGuire

The world of finance can be daunting for some, but this manual will hopefully make finances easier to understand. The book is divided into the following sections: earning, saving, spending, and protecting. Within each section, common financial terms and practices are explained.

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High School Money Book
by Don Silver

There are many ways to be money-smart and this book reveals 101 of them, including money-smart ways to shop, give, and work.

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The Green Teen Cookbook: Recipes for All Seasons – Written By Teens, For Teens

Besides offering a variety of delicious recipes, this book also explains how one can eat healthfully, seasonally, and locally to better help the environment. There is a resources page for finding your nearest farmer’s market, suggested list of food blogs and websites, and information on Community Supported Agriculture.

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Teen Cuisine and Teen Cuisine New Vegetarian
by Matthew Locricchio

Teen Cuisine is designed to introduce great step-by-step recipes to beginning cooks as well as to advanced cooks. Are you a vegetarian? Teen Cuisine New Vegetarian is a special edition with vegetarian recipes! At the end of both books, there is a kitchen essentials section, a metric conversion chart, and a pictorial list of kitchen equipment/utensils.

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A Teen Guide to Creative, Delightful Dinners
by Dana Meachen Rau

This is one of a 3 cookbook series that is set up in a fun, easy-to-follow way. It is has vivid pictures sure to make the mouth water – a particular recipe that caught my eye was the Garlic Bread Nachos!

Other titles in the series:

A Teen Guide to Fast, Delicious Lunches

A Teen Guide to Quick, Healthy Snacks

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Organization and Home Skills

Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living
by Heather Solos

From replacing a button to filling the basic toolkit with the right supplies, this book is a great guide for anyone who wants to be handier around the house. The book has sections on cleaning, washing, fixing, and cooking, so it is easy to find the specific skill you want to learn.

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The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop
by Sharon and David Bowers

Similar to Home-Ec 101, this is designed as a guide and not something to be read cover to cover. It is a practical approach to introduce skills in sewing, woodworking, mechanical, and many more home skills.

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Where’s My Stuff?
by Samantha Moss with Professional Teen Organizer Lesley Schwartz

“For some people, organizing comes easily. But for most of us, it’s a learned skill” (p. 7). Samantha Moss presents a variety of ways one can be organized at school, at home, and with time. The pages keep the readers engaged with colorful charts and practical tips. Becoming organized can be a challenge but staying organized can sometimes be even more challenging – Samantha Moss addresses this with some cheat sheets that can help one stay on track of their organization.

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About the Author

Tirzah is the Youth Services Assistant and a Circulation Clerk. She enjoys helping to plan and assist with our fun youth events and is always happy to help patrons find their next great read.