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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.

Growing Up With Judy Blume

When I was a kid, Judy Blume was one of the most important people I had never met. I enjoyed many books she’d written, but it was Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret that I read more times than any other book. By the time I got a little older and started reading Deenie, she’d become my unofficial guide for what I should expect in the milestones of my life. Read More ›

12 YA Novels To Look For in 2016

New year, new books!Read More ›

Our YA Movie Wishlist

Hollywood has officially gone YA, and blockbusters that started as young-adult fiction abound. So, we asked our team of expert librarians for their wishlists: What’s a YA book you’d like to see turned into a movie, and whom would you cast in the leading role?Read More ›

NYC Reads 365: A Few of Our Favorites

The New York City Department of Education recently released a series of recommended reading lists for Pre-K through 12th grade that include books of all different genres, subjects, and formats. Our Teen Advisory Group checked out the 7th-12th grade reading lists, and wanted to highlight the titles they enjoyed the most!Read More ›

Move over, Binge-Watching...

... because it's time for some binge-reading. Start 2016 with some series that you might want to race through the same way you raced through Master of None and Making a Murderer.Read More ›

Carry On, Carry On...

Move over, Harry Potter… there's a new boy wizard in town.Read More ›

Lilian's Favorite Books and DVDs of 2015

Fantasy tops the list for this information assistant.Read More ›

11 Quotes from The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Rose Society is the dark and fascinating sequel to The Young Elites. Here are my favorite quotes from the book.Read More ›

Tabrizia's Favorite Books of 2015

Books that made one librarian fall in love with reading all over again this year.Read More ›

Best Books for Teens 2015: Our Top 10 Favorites!

It’s time for the second annual NYPL Best Books for Teens list! Get ready for the most memorable, the most gut-wrenching, the most exciting, the most fun, the most swoony, the most informative and the most engaging books of the year.Read More ›

Books & Authors: A Great Alternative to Goodreads

Did you know you can access a database for book lovers with your library card?Read More ›

Write On! Great YA Books To Inspire Teens To Write

Got writers block? Some creative inspiration from the library.Read More ›

The Hunger Games Is Over, Now What? 10 Books to Take Its Place

    The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: Alison Sekemento, a vampire, must pass as a human in order to stay with a group of rebels who are in search for a legend, a possible cure that for the disease that killed off most of human civilization. If you're not sick of vampires, a great readalike book for dystopian readers.
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Seeing Double: Twins in Teen Fiction

Over the last few years while I’ve been reading young adult books for our Best Books For Teens committee, I noticed many books featuring twins as characters. Sometimes they had a strong emotional or spiritual connection, sometimes their personalities were total opposites of each other, and sometimes they could even impersonate each other. Here are ten YA novels featuring twins—sometimes as friends, sometimes as enemies, but always as family.Read More ›

Paranoia, the Devil, and Witchcraft: Books on the Salem Witch Trials

Why did this happen and how could it have happened? You’ll have to read the accounts, the theories and stories and figure that part out for yourself. The following are recommended nonfiction and fiction books on the topic from children’s, YA and adult collections.Read More ›

12 YA Books I Can't Wait To Read In 2016

I love new books and continuations to my favorite series. Here are some recommendations of books I can’t wait to read next year.Read More ›

DIY: How to Make a Papier Mâché Elephant

A step-by-step guide for creating your own elephant, courtesy of the staff at the Throg's Neck Library!Read More ›

Battling Bullying

We're thinking about Malfoy effect during National Bullying Prevention Month, and we’ve come up with six recently published titles that feature bullies in the roles of both antagonist and—unexpectedly—protagonist.Read More ›

Staff Picks: Drowned City by Don Brown

Every month, library staff members are bringing you 100 books we love, culled from the millions upon millions out in the world.Read More ›

Five YA Favorites for Hispanic Heritage Month

A list of our five favorite young-adult books written by Hispanic authors, whose protagonists are shaping how teens see identity, race, and growing up.Read More ›
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