Reading recommendations: Rangatahi – Teens

Reading recommendations: Rangatahi

Explore fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, rainbow reads and more - all made for teens. Find your next favourite read at the library.


Writing competitions for teens

Young writers! We list writing comps for you to enter. Win prizes with your awesome words.

Most Popular 2023: Rangatahi - Teens

The Heartstoppers series by Alice Oseman took out the top FOUR spots! See what other books were popular with teens.

Reading guides

Reading Guides

eBooks and eAudiobooks reading guide

Always have a story on the go. Discover our eBooks and eAudiobooks for rangatahi.

Fiction reading guide

Whatever kind of fiction you’re into, there’s a great story here for teens.

Genre reading guide

Find new reads from your favourite genres with these librarian recommendations for teens.

Graphic novels reading guide

Art and story come together in a range of genres and styles for teens.

If You Like reading guide

Want some new favourites? Discover titles for teens based on popular series and authors.

Manga reading guide

Want to start a new series and don’t know where to start? Here are our guides to Japanese comics.

Mental health reading guide

We recommend books and websites will help you learn more about mental health and wellbeing for teens.

Non-Fiction reading guide

Explore true stories and find resources on issues affecting youth.

Our Voices reading guide

Find stories with characters just like you or see the world through another's eyes. Diverse stories and voices, great for NCEA

Rainbow reads for rangatahi - teens

Books for teens that explore and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.

Theme reading guide

Discover stories for teens on a range of topics and issues such as war, culture, race, and more. Great for NCEA.

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Award winners

The Best of the best - find shortlisted and award-winning titles of international and New Zealand literary prizes for kids and young adults.

Award winners

Sir Julius Vogel award winners 2024

Find out the winners in the annual awards for science fiction and fantasy creators from New Zealand.

Lambda Literary Award winners announced

The Lammys (US) celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year.

Young Adult Fiction Award 2024

See the 2024 shortlist, and previous winners & shortlisted titles in the YA Fiction Award (NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults).

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