Where do I start?
These lists of books are specially selected by our librarians.
Asian American Resources for Teens:
Recommended especially for middle and high school students
Books on or about Asian Americans
Get help in choosing the right college.
Discover ways to pay for school.
Find helpful tips for your overseas adventure.
Score your best on the SAT and other entrance exams.
Recommended Free Library books for learning strategies to prepare for the SAT and other entrance exams. Also, find resources to help you choose and pay for the right college.
Japanese animated films and shows bring the manga style to vivid, dramatic life.
No superhero has spun a more irresistible web, drawing in new fans through popular films and books.
Classic comic books offer action and thrills as heroes and heroines battle evil forces. These selections were reviewed by Philadelphia teens.
Excellent titles you can find at the Free Library.
Glide and Roll:
Explore the world of ice and in-line skating.
Hit the Water:
Fun over and under the waves.
Need for Speed:
Motor sports from NASCAR to motorcycles.
Off the Ground:
Piloting, skydiving and aerial acrobatics.
Cycle fast and hard.
Learn how to surf the concrete.
Wild Winter Sports:
Skiing, snowboarding and hockey.
Learn about the thrills and spills of the world's most dangerous pastimes.
For Teens: Culture Shock:
Great reads that highlight experiencing different cultures.
Explore immigration issues of the United States from the founding of the country to the present day political debates. Immigration is also the theme of the 2007 One Book, One Philadelphia literacy program - check out related workshops, performances, and discussions held at all of the Free Library's locations.
Staff Picks for Teens
Graphic Novels for Fantasy Fans:
Reach beyond the usual superhero adventures with these fantasty graphic novels.
If You Liked Twilight:
Books for fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series
Top Manga at the Library:
Manga is a Japanese cartoon style - brilliant, creative and explosive.
Our best of young adult books!
Fashion, makeup, and skin-care ideas to help you look your best.
Careers in Beauty and Fashion:
Turn your dreams into a reality.
Getting Along In the World:
Learn about etiquette, civility, self-esteem, and friendship.
Health and Fitness:
Get fit, stay healthy, feel good.
Books about clothes and looking good.
The Color of Water
Books that tackle multiracial issues.
The Color of Water- Booklist
The Hip Hop Generation
Hip Hop's Kings and Queens:
Royalty from Dr. Dre to Queen Latifah.
History and Culture:
Learn the evolution of the music.
CD's you can borrow.
The Poetry of Hip Hop:
They were poets before they were stars.
You love the music, but how well do you really know hip hop? Start your education with these books from the Free Library.
The Price of a Child
Books for Adults and Teens:
Selections that focus on African American history in Pennsylvania.
One Book, One Philadelphia 2003
The Things They Carried
More books to sink your teeth into.
Our 2005 One Book, One Philadelphia selection.
Faeries, Dragons, Magicians, oh my!:
A list of fantasy fiction for tweens and teens.
Historical Fantasy for Tweens:
Click here to find out what dragons and fairies did before there was Facebook and Wii.
Tween Folklore Fantasy:
Remember all those talking animals and disguised witches from when you were young? Try out some of these folklore-based fantasies.
Tween Novels Based on Greek and Roman Myths:
From Athena to Zeus (or was it the other way around?), enjoy these adventures starring familiar gods and goddesses.
Fantasy for kids and teens ages 10 to 14