Find all our resources for teens about books and reading.
Choosing what to read
Sign up for our Teen Scene newsletter, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Popular Culture, or whatever topic you're into. We also have an email newsletter for Young Adult new titles.
Can't find what you're looking for? Request a custom reading list.
eResources for Teens
We've got some great eResources about reading and books aimed at teens including NoveList Plus and OverDrive for Teens.
Our guide for where to find recommendations for your NCEA English reading.
Our blog: Teens
News and reviews of young adult literature from library staff.
We've compiled lists of great books and resources on a bunch of different themes and topics including some aimed at NCEA reading.
Mental health topic guide
We recommend books and websites will help you learn more about mental health and wellbeing, including titles from the Reading in Mind book scheme for mental health and wellbeing.
LGBTQIA+ topic guide for teens
Find books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and resources for rainbow teens. We recommend resources that explore and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community (LGBTQIA+ = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual).
For more info on rainbow reading, try the resources at Out on the Shelves:
Teen literary prizes and awards
Find award-winning fiction for teens and young adults.
Recommended book review websites
Our Youth Librarians recommend the following sites to find out about new books.
- HarperCollins New Zealand - Kids and Teens
Interviews, articles, and reviews on both New Zealand and international YA releases
- Read NZ Te Pou Muramura - YA
Up-to-date information on YA publishing, what's new and popular.
- Fantastic Fiction
- Good Reads - YA
- School Library Journals reviews
- HarperCollins - Kids and Teens
- Barnes and Noble
The Book Smugglers
Mostly science fiction and fantasy fiction.
No flying no tights
Graphic novels for kids and teens.
Writing your own
Writing competitions for teens
If you're really into writing there are a range of awards and prizes aimed specifically at teens.
Writing at the library
Get creative at the library with other budding writers.
Christchurch Zinefest and zines
All about making zines and local zine events.