Toggle High
Contrast On
Categories
Body icon
Body
We celebrate all shapes and sizes because we see nothing but beauty.
View Topic
Life icon
Life
GR8NESS isn’t something you do; it’s how you live.
View Topic
Mind icon
Mind
Infuse mindfulness and awareness into everything you do.
View Topic
Self Care icon
Self Care
Refresh, renew, and reconnect with your inner self to nurture your wellbeing.
View Topic
Soul icon
Soul
Connect with all of humanity and discover your true self.
View Topic
Body
We celebrate all shapes and sizes because we see nothing but beauty.
View More
Categories
A life in motion is a life well lived. Move. Discover. Grow.
View Topic
True health lies in finding the perfect balance of mind, body, and spirit.
View Topic
Chronic pain can be debilitating. Regain control of your body and mind.
View Topic
Remedies sourced from nature help heal pains, both seen and unseen.
View Topic
Feed your body properly and you’ll nurture more than just the physical.
View Topic
Life
GR8NESS isn’t something you do; it’s how you live.
View More
Categories
Ease the way you move through life with simplicity and intelligence.
View Topic
Strengthening your relationships helps you celebrate who you’ve become.
View Topic
Raising children is the job of a lifetime. And you never get to retire.
View Topic
Our planet is a marvelous gift. Become the change the world needs by helping it heal.
View Topic
They’re an extended part of your family. Care for them the way they deserve.
View Topic
Mind
Infuse mindfulness and awareness into everything you do.
View More
Categories
While you cannot escape the stresses of life, you can find shelter inside yourself.
View Topic
Calming anxiety, easing depression, and discovering peace of mind are within your grasp.
View Topic
Everyday tools, training, and techniques to convince your brain it can be so much more.
View Topic
From mantras for self-love to changing the way you look at wellness.
View Topic
category alt tag
Self Care
Refresh, renew, and reconnect with your inner self to nurture your wellbeing.
View More
Categories
The journey of self-discovery is never-ending. Embrace your journey.
View Topic
Feeling good about your outside impacts how you feel about your inside. Feel beautiful both ways.
View Topic
Soul
Connect with all of humanity and discover your true self.
View More
Categories
Dive into your practice and experience something new every day. Give your mind some space to grow.
View Topic
Feed your mind with powerful positive statements to help you believe in yourself.
View Topic
In a fast-paced world, sometimes the best thing you can do is to breathe.
View Topic
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
600 Views
1 Min Read Time
0 Shares

8 Books for Self-Development to Read at Every Age [Slideshow]

GR8NESS RATING
0
gr8 vote
GR8
0
meh vote
MEH
0
pass vote
PASS

Self-development comes in many forms. Reading is our invaluable source for taking in information, reckoning with the information we already have, and sourcing new information. The act of reading itself stimulates and evolves the brain, and specialized content with development in mind a double win.

From Early and On

It might be logical to associate the onset of self-development with the coming of a certain age or life event. But the truth is, we begin as children. Though children typically start to read around age 6-7, reading to your children can be beneficial to their cognitive development.

We’re rarely in full control of our development as children. However, every stage after that is filled with possibilities that are our choice. Take a quick slide for selections at each stage of growth.

Image by Amazon.com
1 of

Children: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a dazzling, visually stimulating experience for children. The story offers imagery into nature's wonderful processes, and children learn what happens to caterpillars as they evolve, along with numbers.

Image by Amazon.com
2 of

Children: The Giving Tree

Generational classic The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein teaches children the heartfelt sentiment of giving, along with instilling empathy for the environment. It explains the importance of our natural world and displays the ways it helps us every day. 

Image by Amazon.com
3 of

For Teenagers: The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens

In an extension of bestselling publications 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey, The Six Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make is perfect for all teens. Teenage years are a transient time of much change. Designed for surviving life in the digital age, this book offers teens a bit of tactical advice for decision making.

Image by Amazon.com
4 of

Young Adults: Best Self: Be You, Only Better

Best Self: Be You, Only Better by Mike Bayer isn't necessarily designed for the teen reader. But what better way to help orient a teen in a direction where they are elevating their skills than giving them a tool that feels sophisticated and adult? This one encourages the reader to be themselves through evolving, which is important for teens as they find and establish their identity.

Image by Amazon.com
5 of

Adults: The Self-Care Prescription: Powerful Solutions to Manage Stress, Reduce Anxiety & Increase Wellbeing

Because self care and self-development go hand in hand—The Self Care Prescription by Robyn Gobin is perfect for adults of all stages. It proposes self-care as a means for addressing struggles with career, family, and relationship induced stress with actionable methods.

Image by Amazon.com
6 of

Adults: Do the Work: The Unofficial Unrepentant, Ass-Kicking, Change-Your-Life Sidekick to Unf*k Yourself

Derived from the beloved Unf*ck Yourself series by Gary John Bishop, Do the Work packs a reality check punch to motivating yourself to change what no longer works for you. It's perfect for the adult looking to recuperate from less than ideal circumstances or to build momentum to transform their circumstances altogether.

Image by Amazon.com
7 of

Seniors: The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time: A Mind-Blowing Challenge of Math, Logic, and Wordplay

Marcel Danesi's The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time is ideal for those of senior age. As we age, cognitive function as a whole has a tendency to decline, and we become more susceptible to diseases like Alzheimer's and Dementia. Though this can vary from person to person, keeping the brain sharp is an excellent way to maintain self-development as a senior.

Image by Amazon.com
8 of

Seniors: Rules for Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life

Written by prize-winning essayist Roger Rosenblatt, Rules for Aging is an uplifting laugh jerker and reflective read. It offers coming-of-age insight for seniors wrapped in witty and lighthearted language.

GR8NESS RATING
0
gr8 vote
GR8
0
meh vote
MEH
0
pass vote
PASS
Amanda
GR8NESS Writer
Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
Learn More
Related Articles
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Startup Stock Photos / Pexels

Learning to Balance Risk and Reward

You know the saying, "No risks, no rewards." From a very young age, our parents, the media, and even our teachers push us to take some risk if we want to open a flood gate of opportunities. We use risk and reward almost every day without noticing. However, when we...
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Manan Chhabra / Unsplash

Your GR8 Guide to Part Ways with Your Bad Habits

Habits are not always bad things. Exercising regularly, brushing your teeth, even driving to work on autopilot are all good habits. But sometimes we make unhealthy habits such as turning to sugary or carb-filled food when we are sad or stressed, or taking a cigarette break to relieve pressure. Habits...
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Maryia Plashchynskaya / Pexels

How to Assess Your True Quality of Life

When it comes to assessing your quality of life, so much goes into consideration that not even researchers can agree on the true meaning. The truth is, quality of life has so many perspectives and factors that impact it, that choosing one way to analyze it seems almost impossible. For...
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Tiago Felipe Ferreira / Unsplash

How to Leave the Old You Behind and Focus on the New You

Today, you are not who you were five years ago. You may not be who you were one year ago, or even six months ago. As human beings, we are ever-changing and constantly evolving. As we progress on the journey of self-development and become more in-tune with our inner selves, it's...
The URL has been copied