LGBTQ+ Voices and Experiences: A Reading List for Teens

Celebrate Pride Month with books highlighting LGBTQ+ characters, experiences, histories, and voices. We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of gender and sexuality from the personal to political, introduce readers to LGBTQ+ authors, and celebrate the joyful diversity of identities, families, and relationships. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender Felix Love has never been in love, painful irony that it is. He desperately wants Read more...

Posted by on June 4, 2021

Environmental Justice: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of environmental justice, including access to a clean and healthy environment for all people, the disproportionate impact Read more...

Posted by on April 22, 2021

Asian and Pacific Islander Voices: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections serve to spotlight #ownvoices stories by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage, introduce readers to diverse writers and perspectives, and educate and encourage a dialogue Read more...

Posted by on April 2, 2021

Women’s History Month: A Reading List for Teens

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve selected titles focusing on the lives of women and girls throughout the past and into the present day. We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of women’s history, rights, and stories. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little Read more...

Posted by on March 8, 2021

Teen Romance Reads

Discover new titles and old favorites from this list of YA fiction romances. Geekerella by Ashley Poston Geek girl Ellie hopes to go to ExcelsiCon Cosplay to meet the actor Read more...

Posted by on February 25, 2021

Black History Month: A Reading List for Teens

Celebrate Black History Month with books by Black authors and writing focusing on Black characters, history, and culture. We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on Read more...

Posted by on February 8, 2021

Human Rights: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on human rights, which are needs and freedoms considered essential to human flourishing, such as the right to education Read more...

Posted by on January 18, 2021

Best of 2020: A Reading List for Teens

Some of the best YA books that were published in the year 2020. The featured titles were chosen from Librarians’ favorites and pulled from different best of lists. Cemetery Boys by Read more...

Posted by on January 7, 2021

Disability & Neurodiversity: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections serve to educate, entertain, amplify disabled voices, and encourage a dialogue on topics of disability and neurodiversity. Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw With acerbic Read more...

Posted by on December 21, 2020

One Community Many Voices: A Reading List for Teens

This list is a great way to start your Westmont Reads experience. WPL librarians have selected titles for all ages by authors from a wide range of communities, backgrounds, experiences, Read more...

Posted by on December 13, 2020

Teen Winter Romances

A list of romantic books for teens that take place over the holiday season. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, or holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms, there’s something here for everyone. This anthology features twelve holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers. Available formats: Book, Ebook (Overdrive by Media on Demand)         Read more...

Posted by on December 11, 2020

Native Nations: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections serve to educate, celebrate, and encourage dialogue on the diverse nations, cultures, and experiences of Native peoples throughout North America. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month—and continue Read more...

Posted by on November 9, 2020

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh

Snapdragon enters the house of the town witch to save her dog Good Boy. Only the witch didn’t hurt Snap’s dog, she helped him after he got hit by car. Read more...

Posted by on October 22, 2020

Teen Spooky Reads

A list of terrifying books for teens that range from psychological thrillers, supernatural and paranormal activity, serial killers, and other horrific tales. There is Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Read more...

Posted by on October 8, 2020

Voting and Elections: A Reading List for Teens

We hope these selections serve to educate and encourage a dialogue on topics of voting in the US, from ongoing fights for equal voting rights and fair elections to the inner workings of our electoral processes.

Posted by on October 5, 2020

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