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The best in teen books and media.

For 80 years, New York Public Library staff shared the best titles for teens in an annual list called Books for the Teen Age.

In 2009, Books for the Teen Age became Stuff for the Teen Age, a multimedia, multi-format, targeted, and teen-tested list of the best of the year in teen books, music, graphic novels, movies, games, and more.

In 2010, Stuff for the Teen Age became a blog. We started with a list of the 100 best titles of the previous year, and now we’re posting about our picks from the list, our picks from the current year, and a variety of other topics related to teen books and media.

A Sucker for Romance: 2014 YA Books Guaranteed to Make You Swoon!

Romance titles that didn't make our Top 25, but that will still make your heart go pitter-pat.Read More ›

My Favorite Quotes From YA Books I Read In 2014

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” Read More ›

Other Great YA Books

Our reader asked: "I have read and loved all the popular YA books out there: We Were Liars, If I Stay, The Fault In Our Stars... What else do you have for me?"Read More ›

Six YA Fantasy Books About Dragons

"Here be Dragons" in these book series by Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, Mari Mancusi, Sophie Jordan, Garth Nix, Carrie Vaughn, and Julie Kagawa.Read More ›

14 Realistic (and Real Life) Titles for Teens

Realistic YA books free of vampires, paranormal beings, zombies, and governments out to brainwash the masses. Read More ›

Best Books for Teens 2014!

The list includes a selection of 25 novels, non-fiction books, and graphic novels chosen by a committee of Young Adult librarians who work with teens in NYPL’s neighborhood branches. Read More ›

Poetry + Fiction For Teens

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately for several committees including NYPL’s Best Books For Teens 2014 (coming later this month -- stay tuned!) When I looked back over all the young adult books I read this year, I definitely noticed a recurring theme of poetry. Read More ›

Four by One Direction: A Track by Track (Sort of) Review

A track by track review of their new album, by a “1D AF.”Read More ›

11 YA Books That I Can't Wait to See On Screen

In the past few years many YA books have been successfully turned into films. Here are the next handful to get screen treatment.Read More ›

Great Historical Fiction for Teens, Just in Time for Autumn!

I don't know what it is about autumn but it puts me in the mood for history. Inspired by Octavian Nothing, here is a list of other historical fiction for teens.Read More ›

The Best YA Books I Read in 2014

One staff member's picks for the best young adult books this year.Read More ›

Eight Underrated Young Adult Fantasy Series

Fins, The Syrena Legacy, Lumatere Chronicles and more.Read More ›

Spotlight on Author Alyson Noël

Alyson Noël has written multiple book series. One of her bestselling series is The Immortals Series. Read More ›

Spotlight on Author Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray is a YA author known for her bestselling Evernight series. Read More ›

Spotlight on Author Kristin Cashore

Graceling is set in the seven kingdoms a land where people who are born with magical powers are called “Gracelings.” Read More ›

The Young Elites by Marie Lu and Proxy by Alex London

Author Marie Lu describes her new novel as an inspired mixture of X-Men, Game of Thrones and Assassin’s Creed 2! The novel, The Young Elites, is set during a 1300s Renaissance Italy, inspired dystopian land. The novel tells the tale of Adelina Amouteru.Read More ›

Six YA Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2015

Romance and fantasy to look forward to next year.Read More ›

Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders in Teen Fiction

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so I thought that this was the ideal time to share some books from our young adult fiction shelves on this painful subject.Read More ›

Five Helpful Titles for Selecting a College

Start planning for college with books from the library.Read More ›

Lives of the Famous and Infamous: Collective Biographies For Teens

Some of my favorite nonfiction books to recommend to teenagers are collective biographies, which provide information about different people who were famous for different reasons. They’re good for homework, good for browsing, and good for spontaneously discovering people you’ve never heard of before.Read More ›
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