Field Family Teen Author Series

The Field Family Teen Author Series promotes a lifetime love of reading by creating a personal connection between author and student. In addition, students get to know their local Free Library branch, an essential public resource for academic enrichment, recreational reading materials, cultural opportunities, and internet access.

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Field Family Teen Author Series is one of the best in the country.

Walter Dean Myers

Philly's Free Library has created a teen program that would make Oprah envious.

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How it Works

The Teen Author Series operates in partnership with Philadelphia high schools and middle schools—public, charter, magnet, and diocesan—and is open to classes in grades 7–12. Participation is by invitation only.

  • There is no cost to schools or students!
  • Each student receives a FREE copy of the visiting author's book to keep!
  • The Teen Author Series Outreach Coordinator will visit your classroom to talk about the author's book and deliver copies for each participating student to read in advance.
  • Students meet the author at their local Free Library branch for a one-hour presentation, Q&A, and book signing.

Get Involved!

Teachers and school administrators can contact the Teen Author Series Outreach Coordinator at teenauthors@freelibrary.org or 215-686-5372 for information about current opportunities to participate.

Teen Author Series - Spring 2021

Torrey Maldonado | What Lane?

Author of the highly acclaimed book Tight, Torrey Maldonado's new novel What Lane? is a stunning new work about young Stephen, coming of age in a racially split world, while trying to become his best self. Why shouldn't Stephen be able to do everything his friends do? When his friends sneak into an abandoned building on a dare, why shouldn't he go too? As a mixed kid, Stephen feels like he's living two lives, both with their own rules, each with its own lane. But which one is his?

Eric Smith | Don't Read the Comments

Divya and Aaron are unlikely friends. While they both love online gaming, they come from very different worlds. Divya works hard to help her single mother pay the rent, and Aaron plays to fuel his dreams of becoming a game developer. After the two meet in a chance encounter online, they pair up. However, when they become the target of internet trolls, Aaron's future, and Divya's actual life might be on the line. These two are not going down without a fight.

Jacqueline Woodson | Harbor Me

The author of nearly 30 books for young people and adults, Jacqueline Woodson has won three Newbery Honors, two Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors, and the 2014 National Book Award for her poetry collection Brown Girl Dreaming. She was also the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Harbor Me celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories.

Jericho Brown | The Tradition

"I begin with love, hoping to end there," Jericho Brown writes in this Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection. The Tradition challenges how and why we have become accustomed to terror, from mass shootings to intimate partner violence to racialized violence against Black and Brown people. Challenging fears and beliefs handed down through generations, these powerful poems explore experiences of Blackness, queerness, masculinity, family, spirituality, and the natural world. Brown invites readers to experience poems like music: not searching for meaning every step of the way in the lyrics but following along and letting sound and feelings emerge. He invites us to find new ways of thinking, healing, and re-envisioning our world.

The Field Family Teen Author Series is endowed through a generous grant from the family of Marie and Joseph Field.