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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.

Boys of Summer: 15 YA Romances You'll Totally Fall For

Every summer I put together a list of my favorite teen romance novels—new and old—to read during those lazy summer days. It always has a theme, but this year I’m keeping it simple.Read More ›

Staying Safe and Having Fun With Pokémon GO

I sprayed myself with sunblock, dressed comfortably for walking, and packed water, an iPod for listening to podcasts, and an extra battery for my iPhone. Then I headed to Inwood Hill Park to see if I could catch ‘em all. Or, at least, I’d see if I could catch more than usual …Read More ›

A Blast From Kingsbridge Past, In the Form of a 2006 Teen Survey

There are several advantages to cleaning out your desk periodically (or, in my case, every few years). First, there’s the immediate benefit of … Hey! Clean desk! But then there’s also the benefit of finding lots of cool old stuff you didn’t realize you still had.Read More ›

New York Teens Send "Love Letters" to their Orlando Counterparts

The letter-writing campaign at New York Public Library’s Anti-Prom provided a way for all teens—especially those who identify as LGBTQ—to process what happened in a safe space.Read More ›

Remembering the Chills and Thrills of Lois Duncan, YA Lit Icon

Pioneering Young Adult author, Lois Duncan passed away on June 6th at the age of 82. It's hard to believe that it's been almost 30 - 45 years since many of her teen novels were first published and they continue to have the power to spark the imagination and send shivers down the spine. If you haven't read one yet or read one lately, now's your chance. Read More ›

GLBT Book Month: Identity as a Detail, Not Feature

Here are some stories where this is a detail about the character—not the main focus of the story.Read More ›

Boarding-School Book Bonanza

Close quarters, no parental supervision, lots of teens, too-strict rules or no rules at all…no doubt, boarding schools are fertile ground for stories about burgeoning relationships and finding identity.Read More ›

Sailor Moon at the Library

Where to find Sailor Moon manga and DVDs at the library.Read More ›

YA Authors take on #DCcomics #NationalSuperheroDay

As a huge fan of Wonder Woman and Catwoman, I'm excited to share that YA authors Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, and Matt de la Peña take on #DCcomics #NationalSuperheroDay. Read More ›

Feminist YA Fiction

Novels that feature strong, female characters who either confront sexism, defy the patriarchal order, subvert gender expectations or celebrate female solidarity, or all of the above.Read More ›

Mind Wipes and Missing Memories in Teen Fiction

Missing memories in fantasy and science fiction: in these books the characters’ minds are wiped with drugs, surgery, rays, or mysterious techniques that we can’t even imagine.Read More ›

"People Still Write Letters?" Top 10 YA Epistolary Novels

Why can't epistolary novels also take the form of journals, newspaper clippings, blog posts, Twitter and Facebook posts?Read More ›

Get Creative for Teen Tech Week!

Want to play with LEGOs, coding and Snapchat? We have the books for you. This week we are celebrating teen creativity and technology at the library.Read More ›

All American Boys: The Real Best YA Book of 2015

We've seen a surge of YA on difficult topics in recent years, such as depression or gender identity or even coping with school shootings. One that definitely stood out for me was All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendon Kiely. Read More ›

Teen Heroes for the 21st Century

The teenage comic book heroes of the '60s have grown up; Peter Parker isn’t an angst-ridden teen anymore—in the current series, he’s the CEO of a multi-national corporation. Now, to appeal to 21st century teens, Marvel and DC comics have created a new generation of teenage superheroes.Read More ›

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 ›
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