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The best in teen books and media. See our Best Books for Teens of 2014!

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 post lists, recommendations, and variety of other topics related to teen books and media.

How did YA Become YA?

“Why is it called YA anyway? And who decided what was YA and what wasn’t?” The short answer: librarians.Read More ›

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: A Few of Our Favorites

If I told you that we had diverse books at the library, what kinds of books do you think I mean? Would they have multicultural characters from different parts of the world? Who speak different languages? Who have different sexual orientations? Who have disabilities? YES to any or all of the above!Read More ›

Kingsbridge Teens Are Reading, Watching, and Enjoying…

Members of our Teen Advisory Group have been reviewing lots of books and movies this year! Here are some highlights of the reviews we've been sharing in our Teen Review Tuesday posts on Tumblr:Read More ›

NYC Teen Author Festival, March 2015

This two-day event is a terrific forum for allowing new authors to present about their work. Many authors, teachers, librarians and teens attend this event.Read More ›

My Spring Break Reading List

Lilian at Hamilton Grange shares her plan for a relaxing and book-filled spring break.Read More ›

Get to Know Jason Reynolds

On March 19, the Bronx Library Center had the honor to host Jason Reynolds. Jason is the winner of the John Steptoe Award for his book, When I Was the Greatest, and author of the critically acclaimed The Boy In the Black Suit. I had the opportunity to interview Jason after his event and learn about his writing style, fashion sensibility, and more.Read More ›

Ten YA Retellings of Snow White

You know that romantic tale of a young woman who runs away to the woods to escape a wicked Queen. Here are several retellings of the fairy tale that appeal to modern day teens.Read More ›

The Harry Potter Series: Books and Films

You can find the Harry Potter book series by acclaimed author J.K. Rowling at the library.Read More ›

Jason Reynolds Visits BLC on March 19 @4pm

March 19, 2015 will be a special day for Bronx Library Center teens! Jason Reynolds, Brooklyn-based author will honor us with a visit to talk about his latest book The Boy In The Black Suit, and his work as a writer and poet.Read More ›

Ten Tech Tips for Teens

March 8–14, 2015 is Teen Tech Week, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Organization. In the spirit of the week, we would like to share some information for teens about devices, software, and internet resources.Read More ›

20 More Realistic (and Real Life) Titles for Teens

Here are some additional recommendations for realistic (and real life) titles for teens who want to read something other than dystopian novels: Read More ›

Ten YA Retellings of Cinderella

You know that romantic tale of the orphaned girl with a cruel stepfamily, who later becomes the belle of the ball and finds true love after fitting into a glass slipper. Here are several retellings of the fairy tale that appeal to modern day teens.Read More ›

The Legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in YA Fiction

In the rain soaked Seattle of the early '90s, grunge rock was the soundtrack to our lives and Kurt and Nirvana were at its center. Twenty one years on, his legacy continues in two recent YA books Carnival at Bray and Love Letters to the Dead. Both books examine the power of music and words to bring people together, inspire us and give us hope.Read More ›

Ten YA Retellings of Beauty and the Beast

You know that romantic tale of one fair maiden and a prince who has been cursed to look like a beast. The love of the young woman helps to free the prince from the curse and he becomes a handsome young man once again. Here are several retellings of the fairy tale that appeal to modern day teens.Read More ›

Five YA Books You Seriously Need to Read

It doesn't matter what you normally read. Whether it's science fiction, fantasy, romance, non-fiction... these are books that you seriously need to read right now. Read More ›

Finding the Right Nonfiction Book For You

Reading nonfiction books can open your eyes to different subjects and make you see them in a new light, and I’m not just saying that because I haven’t eaten a burger from McDonald’s since I read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Reading nonfiction books can change your perspective in both small and profound ways. Read More ›

Get Ready for Halftime! Find Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz at the Library

The Super Bowl is coming up. That means nachos, wings, funny commercials, football, and an always-entertaining halftime show.Read More ›

Even More of My Favorite Teen Books From 2014

I spent a huge portion of the last several months cramming my head full of teen books for several committees. You can see the results of my work with my NYPL colleagues in our Best Books For Teens 2014 list. But there were a few books that didn’t make the cut for that list and a few books I read after that committee was over that really deserve some love and attention, so I wanted to share some of those titles with you.Read More ›

The Legacy of Walter Dean Myers

What made Walter Dean Myers stand out was his tireless belief that the telling and reading of all kinds of stories mattered, that teens mattered, communities and families mattered, and that libraries and librarians mattered.Read More ›

14 Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2015

With the New Year come many new book releases. Here are some recommendations of some YA and adult books coming soon: Read More ›
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