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Kids' Books About Social Media and Digital Life

Kids and teens spend lots of time on screens, so stories involving social media and online behavior are stories of their lives. The books on this list explore digital citizenship, the quest for likes, the pitfalls of social media, the pain of cyberbullying, the temptations of tech addiction, and tales of kids finding a balance between virtual and real life. For more books about kids and teens, check out our Coming-of-Age Books and Books for Teens.

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age 4+

Beautiful book captures the magic after lights go out.

By: John Rocco (2011)
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The Couch Potato

age 4+

Lively tale encourages and celebrates screen-free time.

By: Jory John (2020)
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age 4+

Former Facebook exec promotes balance between tech and play.

By: Randi Zuckerberg (2013)
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Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale

age 4+

Funny look at mom who gets addicted to selfies.

By: Jamie Lee Curtis (2018)
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Nerdy Birdy Tweets

age 4+

Screen-addicted bird ignores real-life pal in funny story.

By: Aaron Reynolds (2017)
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Tek: The Modern Cave Boy

age 4+

Screen-hooked cave boy finds real-world joy in funny story.

By: Patrick McDonnell (2016)
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Bad Kitty Gets a Phone

age 7+

Funny graphic novel has great lessons about phone ownership.

By: Nick Bruel (2021)
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Invisible Emmie: Emmie & Friends, Book 1

age 9+

Texting drama helps an insecure and popular girl connect.

By: Terri Libenson (2017)
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Marcus Makes It Big

age 8+

Funny young filmmaker has great lessons about social media.

By: Kevin Hart , Geoff Rodkey (2022)
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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

age 8+

Math whiz gets out of comfort zone in smart, touching story.

By: Stacy McAnulty (2018)
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Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting! (And Lives to Tell About It.)

age 9+

Fun text-gone-wrong tale promotes offline relationships.

By: Tommy Greenwald (2015)
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Queen of Likes

age 9+

Lighthearted but memorable look at social media addiction.

By: Hillary Homzie (2016)
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You Go First

age 9+

Sweet, hopeful tale of friendship, family, and perseverance.

By: Erin Entrada Kelly (2018)
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The Hot List

age 10+

A fresh look at tween obsession with being in the in crowd.

By: Hillary Homzie (2011)
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age 10+

Realistic, moving story of finding courage to be yourself.

By: John David Anderson (2017)
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Goodbye Stranger

age 11+

Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.

By: Rebecca Stead (2015)
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Girl Gone Viral

age 12+

Tech-based story has great messages but is light on thrills.

By: Arvin Ahmadi (2019)
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Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope

age 12+

Heartfelt letters to cyberbullied teen inspire compassion.

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age 12+

Fresh cyberthriller explores dark side of social media.

By: Joelle Charbonneau (2015)
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Semi-Famous: A True Story of Near Celebrity

age 13+

Engaging, funny, serious look at fame and happiness.

By: Josh Sundquist (2022)