Digital Photography Books
If you are using a digital camera, these books contain lots of information to help you understand the mechanics of the camera in addition to giving you practical and professional advice on how to take great pictures.
General Photography Books
These books provide the basic knowledge you will need to be able to effectively use your camera and take basic photographs. These texts take you through everything from how to hold the camera straight to considerations for lighting. Since they are all pretty comparable, find the one that approaches photograpy in a straight-forward way, with easy to follow steps and guidelines, especially if you are new to photography.
It's important to keep in mind that this is a process. No one is expecting you to become a master photographer in just a few weeks, and you need to choose a text that takes you from where you are, in terms of knowledge and skills, to where you need to be to successfully complete the task. Try to keep it simple. If you find you are still struggling, you can always ask a parent or professional for help.
Books on Photo Essays
This first book is a published photo essay that chronicles the journey of several Indian youths through their country in an effort to uncover how India has changed as it becomes a global power.
This second book is geared specifically toward elementary educators who want to incoporate photo essays into their classooms. However, it is also a fun book to look through in order to gather ideas that could possibly be modified and used in more advanced classes.