With so much happening in the world today, students may feel overwhelmed trying to process every piece of news or trending topic on their own. Books can be a great resource for examining current events, especially in the classroom.

Over the course of the school year, we’ve gotten a lot of messages from teachers asking for book recommendations that tackle hot-button issues, including climate change, social justice, and the banned book debate. Below, you’ll find some of our top picks that are suitable for high school readers. Perfect for independent reading, book circles, or class-wide literature units, the titles in this list will surely capture the attention of even the most reluctant readers.

Current Events

LGBTQ+ Representation

Hi-Low Reads

Celebrated Authors

Banned Books

Climate and the Environment