I have been requested several times to put together a list of recommended books for teens. I hope the following compilation is helpful for parents and children striving to fill their library with works that are virtuous, lovely, of good report and praiseworthy. Comment below if you have recommendations!

YT = for teens 14 and younger
* = must read for our day and age

BC-They-Knew-The-Prophet-2ed-275x370Church History & Doctrine

* Lectures on Faith – Joseph Smith
* Works of Joseph Smith
* Discourses of Brigham Young – or the original Journal of Discourses
* Gospel Doctrine – President Joseph F. Smith
* Doctrines of Salvation – Joseph Fielding Smith (YT)
Answers to Gospel Questions – Joseph Fielding Smith (YT)
* They Knew the Prophet – Helen Mae Andrus, Hyrum L. Andrus (YT)
* History of the Church – Joseph Smith (Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
True and Faithful: The Life Story of Joseph Fielding Smith – Joseph F McConkie
The Life of Joseph F. Smith – Joseph Fielding Smith, the only biography of a prophet, written by a prophet
The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson
Talks by President Ezra Taft Benson
Jacob Hamblin –  James A. Little (YT)
The Book of Mormon and the Constitution – H. Verlan Anderson
coverGovernment of God – John Taylor


* The Heavenly ManAudiobook, Print
God’s Smuggler (YT) – Audiobook, Print
* Tortured for ChristAudiobook, Print
Son of HamasAudiobook, Print
I Dared to Call Him FatherAudiobook, Print
China Cry (YT)
God’s Double AgentAudiobook, Print
Daughters of Destiny (YT)
The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom – Audiobook, Print (YT)

Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation – William Bradford
* Scottish Covenanter Stories: Tales from the Killing Times (YT)
The Other Eminent Men of Wilford Woodruff (read online) (YT)
The Jefferson Lies – David Barton
The Real Benjamin Franklin – Allison
The Real George Washington – Parry
The Real Thomas Jefferson, Allison
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
The Story of Liberty – Charles Coffin (YT)
Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers, Kavanaugh

So Much More
It’s Not That Complicated: How to Relate to Guys in a Healthy, Sane, and Biblical Way (Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin)
How to Be a Lady (YT)
Raising Maidens of Virtue: A Study of Feminine Loveliness for Mothers and Daughters (YT)
Beautiful Girlhood

The Case for a Creator – Lee Strobel
The Long War Against God – Henry Morris

Apostate – Kevin Swanson
Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave – Dave Breese


Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Persuasion – Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
In Freedom’s Cause – G. A. Henty
St. Bartholomew’s Eve – G. A. Henty
Emma – Jane Austen
In His Steps –  Charles Sheldon
North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
In the Reign of Terror – G. A. Henty
By Pike and Dyke – G. A. Henty
Beric the Briton – G. A. Henty
The Dragon and the Raven – G. A. Henty

Recommended by Others
The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann Wyss


* Poetry of Eliza R. Snow Smith
Poetry of Anne Bradstreet

Founding Documents

Scottish National Covenant (1638)
Mayflower Compact
The Motto of the Church of Latter-day Saints