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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.

Calling All Writers! Get Published in NYPL!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 ›

Top Teen Tearjerkers of 2016

Serving on a book committee can be hard work. One of the most challenging aspects for me of choosing books for the Best Books For Teens list wasn’t all the reading, but all the crying. Seriously, though, there were a LOT of heart-wrenching books for teens this year. Read More ›

10 More Best Books for Teens 2016

The 2016 Best Books for Teens is a great list, but there are books I love that didn’t make the final cut. So to make sure these awesome books get their due, here are 10 fiction books I think should’ve made the list.Read More ›

Introducing the Best Books for Teens 2016

A committee of 20 dedicated librarians 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.Read More ›

Talking with Teens about Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Online Safety

Several weeks ago, I fully intended to have the topic of our Teen Advisory Group meeting be Banned Books Week. But our conversation took a detour, and soon we were talking about bullying and cyberbullying in fiction and in real life. It wasn’t the way I expected the conversation to go, but I’m glad it did.Read More ›

My Favorite Quotes from A Torch Against the Night

Quotes from A Torch Against the Night, the sequel to An ember in the ashes.Read More ›

Hamilton Grange Library Hosts Graphic Novelist Joel Christian Gill

On September 16, Hamilton Grange had the exceptional honor of hosting an author visit with graphic novelist Joel Christian Gill at the New Heights Academy Charter School.Read More ›

My 14 Favorite Quotes from Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms is the 5th installment in the Throne of Glass series.Read More ›

Brainy and Brave: A Salute to Hermione Granger

There can only ever be one Hermione, but these other brainy, brave heroines from young-adult and middle-grade fiction remind us of her in some important ways.Read More ›

The Vampire Diaries Books and DVDs

The Vampire Diaries series was first published by L.J. Smith in 1991. In recent years the series has been republished and become extremely popular.Read More ›

6 Graphic Novels to Read if You Loved Batgirl Volume 1, Batgirl of Burnside

Batgirl of Burnside by Brenden Fletcher is a fun cybertech reincarnation of Batgirl. If you enjoy action, strong female heroes, and bold illustration, these graphic novels are for you.Read More ›

Voting is open for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten!

Big news! Voting opened this week for the Teens' Top Ten! The TTT is an annual teen choice award organized by the Young Adult Library Services Association, with books nominated by teen book clubs across the country and the winners chosen by you! Teen librarians everywhere use the annual top ten list to make recommendations and collection development decisions, so if you want to help the books you love get noticed, now's your chance. Read as many of the nominees as interest you and

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12 YA Series We Hope Are Made Into Movies

Books that, like The 5th Wave and Allegiant, I think will make great films because they are full of plot twists, action scenes, characters you will love, and characters you will love to hate.Read More ›

Thirteen YA Novels That Will Bend Your Mind

Some of my favorite YA novels are books that challenge me, that pull my brain in different directions, and make me think, “What the hell just happened?”. Sometimes, it’s because the narrators are choosing not to tell us the whole story, or because for some reason they can’t tell us the whole story. Sometimes, it’s because the author writes the story in such a way that it takes readers a while to figure out what’s going on. Here are thirteen YA novels that will take your brain in unexpected directions! Read More ›

16 Harry Potter Readalikes... Because The Cursed Child Is Not Enough

It’s almost impossible to recreate the kind of world-building that J. K. Rowling achieved in her legendary Harry Potter series—which is why Harry Potter readalikes are the holy grail of book recommendations.Read More ›

Not-So Innocents Abroad: 10 YA Mysteries and Thrillers for the Dog Days of Summer

Novels filled with thrills, action, suspense, murder, romance and all set in exotic and romantic locations around the world—perfect reads for the last days of summer.Read More ›

Lilian's Favorite Graphic Novels #MsMarvel #WicDiv #Batgirl #BlackCanary #Starfire

I recently began reading graphic novels and my current favorites are Ms. Marvel, The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act, Batgirl Volume 1, Batgirl of Burnside, Black Canary and Starfire.Read More ›

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 ›
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