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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.

Introducing the Best Books for Teens 2017

A committee of 20 dedicated librarians read (and read and read) all the young-adult books published in 2016 that we could get our hands on. Then we debated, voted, and came up with our 50 favorite books of the year—fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, comic books, fantasy, history, romance, sports, and more.Read More ›

Is #TakeaKnee New? Teens Research Celebrity Activism

This is a guest blog post by De La Salle Academy's Social Justice / Community Service eighth grade class. The students held weekly meetings in the library to discuss social justice issues important to them.Read More ›

NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2017

Please join us for International Games Day and celebrate play, literacy, and games at the Library!Read More ›

John Green Readalikes All the Way Down

Waiting for Turtles All the Way Down? You're not alone. So put your name on the holds list and then check out some of our favorite John Green readalikes — character-driven, emotional, engaging reads about teen relationships — to check out while you wait. Read More ›

Stitched Together, Torn Apart: Frankenstein in Teen Fiction

Several months ago I was reading a copy of This Monstrous Thing by Lee Mackenzi, an unusual steampunk kind of story that was set in the Frankenstein universe. Then I heard about another book called Teen Frankenstein, and I thought ... wait a minute ...Read More ›

Exploring a Kingsbridge Connection in Central Park

Several months ago, I learned that there was a plaque in Central Park indicating that the old Kingsbridge Road had once run through that area. Up until that moment, the only current Kingsbridge markers I knew about were in the Bronx. So I decided to investigate, and that led to a long and bizarre adventure that didn’t end exactly the way I planned.Read More ›

Olivia's 8 Hot Books for a Cool Summer

Olivia is an avid reader and patron of the Mulberry Street Library. As part of a school internship program she put together this summer vacation book list and book display for the library. Read More ›

Blessed Ramadan, Blessed Eid: Books for Children and Teens for the Holy Month / Ramadan Mubarak, Eid Mubarak /رمضان مبارك ، عيد مبارك: كتب للمراهقين والأطفال عن الشهر الكريم / আশীর্বাদে রমাদান, আশীর্বাদ ঈদ / مبارک رمضان عید مبارک

The New York Public Library has several picture books, non-fiction books and e-books for children and a few titles for teens observing or wish to learn more about Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. Read More ›

#SubwayLibrary Suggestions: Books for Young Adults

There's so much available to read on the #SubwayLibrary—a service that delivers free e-books brought to you by MTA, Transit Wireless, and NYC's libraries—it can be hard to choose which books to peruse on your commute. Read More ›

Calling All Writers: Submit to Library Zine

Are you writer, poet, or artist? Would you like to see your works published? The New York Public Library has an opportunity for you!Read More ›

For the Love of Riverdale: Read-a-likes for Your Favorite TV Show

An all-American teen is dead, a small town full of secrets and suspects. What could have happened to a teen with the seemingly perfect life? What secrets were they hiding? Someone better find out the truth before another person turns up dead. If this sounds familiar, you may be a fan of Riverdale. Read More ›

My Favorite Quotes from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything tells the story of Madeline, a young teen who has a rare condition called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). Read More ›

10 Reasons Teens Love the Mulberry Street Library

In honor of Mulberry's 10th birthday, we asked the teens in our weekly teen lounge why they love the library.Read More ›

My Favorite Quotes From And I Darken By Kiersten White

And I Darken is the first in a new trilogy that tells the tale of Lada and Radu, who are forced to live in the Ottoman Empire after being sold out by their father. Read More ›

Great Graphic Books for Tweens, Teens & Adults to be “Green”

Environmental thinking should go beyond Earth Day. One holiday a year isn't enough time to celebrate the beauty of nature, help improve the planet or find out more about climate change and other environmental issues.Read More ›

Time to Grieve: Books for Children and Families Coping with Death and Dying

These ten suggested novels—fiction and nonfiction—can assist families in starting that conversation, help children sort out their feelings, and ease the grieving process. Read More ›

TeenLIVE: Gene Luen Yang on Comics and Reading Without Walls

Gene Luen Yang is the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. We were lucky enough to have him join us for a conversation about comics and his Reading Without Walls challenge.Read More ›

Libraries and Debate : A Match Made in Heaven

President and founder of New York City Urban Debate League and his team of dedicated debate advocates discuss the crucial importance of debate to democracy and the Library's role in supporting young debaters. Read More ›

NYC Teen Author Festival 2017

I love attending the annual NYC Teen Author Festival, and, as usual, this year's program did not disappoint.Read More ›

Binge Watch and Read: Spider-Man #SpiderManHomecoming

Get ready for Spider-Man Homecoming with this list of spider films and graphic novels!Read More ›
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