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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.

“Bad Girls” Challenge the World: Five Biography and Essay Collections for Feminists

Check out this list of books filled with profiles of notable women and an essay compilation on the current multifaceted feminist scene. Read More ›

Some Thoughts on Career Day, and Why I Became a Librarian

Many people who’ve known me for years don’t know that I had several big turning points and life-changing moments when I was young that started me on the path to becoming a librarian. But if you’ve ever seen one of my Career Day presentations, you know all about those turning points, because I always start by sharing those stories.Read More ›

16 Books about Refugees for Kids & Adults

you have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land —“Home” by Warsan ShireRead More ›

The Hottest 2017 YA Books, So Far

Looking for a something new to read? Check out these 2017 YA books!Read More ›

Curiouser and Curiouser: The World of Wonderland in YA Fiction

I recently finished reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and when I finished the book I didn’t want the story to be over. This novel about how a girl grew up to become the diabolical Red Queen made me want to take a deep dive back into the world of Wonderland. Read More ›

Binge Watch & Read: DC Comics Edition

Looking for your next comic book binge? From Arrow to Supergirl, this list of DC Comics superheroes and their TV shows will help get you through the season.Read More ›

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 ›
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