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.


Big Bargain Book Sale - Friday 24 & Saturday 25 March 2023

Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
The Big Bargain Book Sale will be held at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre.

Shirley - Miniature Painting Workshop - 12+ years

Apr 11th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Have a go at painting a mighty hero or cunning villain for your games of Warhammer or D&D! Miniatures, paint and brushes supplied.


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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

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

Coretta Scott King award

Annual award for African-American authors and illustrators for outstanding contributions to children’s and young adult literature.

Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards 2022

Annual awards with categories for picture books, early childhood, younger readers, older readers and Eve Pownall Award for non-fiction.

Young Adult Fiction Award

See the 2022 finalists, and previous winners in the Young Adult Fiction Award (NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults).

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