Teens

Looking for your next favorite read?

Check out our Book Lists! Sonoma County Library's Teen Services Librarians are obsessed with reading YA and we are excited to share our favorites with you! These lists are thoughtfully crafted and regularly updated to make sure that you have access to the best new titles. Whether you are looking for a spine tingling horror novel to get you in the mood for fall, a queer love story to give you all the feels, or some much needed BIPOC representation, we’ve got you covered!

¿Buscas tu próximo libro favorito?

¡Puedes consultar nuestras listas de libros recomendados! ¡Los bibliotecari@s para jóvenes de la Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma están obesionados con la lectura para jóvenes y nos da tanto gusto compartir nuestros libros favoritos contigo! Estas listas están cuidadosamente diseñadas y actualizadas periódicamente con los mejores libros nuevos. Ya sea que estés buscando una novela de terror escalofriante que lo ponga de humor para el otoño, una historia de amor queer que le dé todas las sensaciones, o una representación de gente BIPOC muy necesaria, ¡lo tenemos!

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Recent Teens News

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Sonoma County Library is having its second annual SCL Teenage Film Festival! Are you an amateur filmmaker? Has TikTok or YouTube awakened your passion for cinema? All Sonoma County teens ages 12 to 19 are invited to compete. Take some time over the winter break to shoot and edit your own 6-minute masterpiece. A jury will review all submitted entries and select films screened at the festival. Prizes will be awarded for the top films.

New to filmmaking? Join award-winning film producer Malinalli Lopez for a week-long series of workshops where you will learn how to write, edit, and direct a short film using your own cell phone!

Accepting submissions now through Feb. 1, 2022, please visit: https://filmfreeway.com/SCLTeenFilmFestival

Official Rules:

  • All short films must be written, directed, and edited by teens ages 12 to 19.
  • The filmmaker/director must be a resident of Sonoma County.
  • All entries must be teen-produced, and may be either a group project or individual work.
  • Adult guidance and instruction are permissible, but the planning and production must reflect teen effort. Note, however, that adults may act in and assist with your film.
  • Films may be on any topic, but must be G or PG rated in language and subject matter, as defined by the Motion Pictures Association, or they will be disqualified.

    G – General Audiences
    All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.

    PG – Parental Guidance Suggested
    Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give "parental guidance". May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.

  • Title pages and credits should be included in your film.
  • Unless relevant to the plot, please do not include bloopers in your submitted film.
  • Films may be no more than 6 minutes in length including credits.
  • Use of sound or video clips from other films, television shows, music videos, etc. within your submitted work is not permitted unless those clips are in the public domain or you have received written permission from the copyright holder. This includes the use of trademarked products or characters.
  • Filmmakers can also use their own original music. Additionally, copyright-free, public domain, trade-friendly or creative commons copyright music can be used.
  • Each filmmaker may submit up to two, and no more than, two films.
  • All new footage should be made while following Sonoma County’s social distancing guidelines.

Legal Disclaimers:

By entering your film into the Sonoma County Library Teen Film Festival, the applicant agrees to all rules and regulations as defined in the official festival rules.

The applicant also grants a non-exclusive license, throughout the world and in perpetuity, to the Library to:

  • Show their film to a non-paying public at a future Sonoma County Library Teen Film Festival, other partner festivals and promotional events.
  • Display the film, in part or in its entirety, on the Sonoma County Library website, video streaming websites, and/or Sonoma County Library website and Facebook page.

 

Our Virtual Pride Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of queer cozy food books & cozy books with lots of food! This month we are getting cozy with some books, tv shows, movies, and podcasts that make us want to curl up with a blanket, a steaming cup of tea, and some tasty snacks. Pick out a book from the list below, or choose something else and share it with us. We will be meeting online at 4:00 pm every Tuesday in December. New participants are always welcome! For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the December Virtual Teen Pride Club, follow the links below:

For a complete list of December Teen Pride Club events.

Our Recommendations:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to the library catalog)

Hot Dog Girl

Hot Dog Girl
by Jennifer Dugan
(she/her)
Y DUGAN

The Heartbreak Bakery

The Heartbreak Bakery
by A.R. Capetta
(all pronouns)
Y CAPETTA

The Music of What Happens

The Music of What Happens
by Bill Konigsberg
(he/him)
Y KONIGSBERG

Miss Meteor

Miss Meteor
by Tehlor Kay Mejia (she/her)
& Anna-Marie McClemore (they/them)
Y MEJIA

The Summer of Jordi Perez

The Summer of Jordi Perez
by Amy Spalding
(she/her)
Y SPALDING

 

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas
(he/they)
Y THOMAS

Moonstruck: Magic to Brew

Moonstruck: Magic to Brew
by Grace Ellis
(she/her)
YG ELLIS

Check Please!

Check Please!
by Ngozi Ukazu
(she/her)
YG UKAZU

Bloom

Bloom
by Kevin Pancetta (he/him)
& Savannah Ganucheau (she/her)
YG PANCETTA

Antoni in the Kitchen

Antoni in the Kitchen
by Antoni Porowski
(he/him)
641.5 POROWSKI

 

For more comforting and cozy queer reads, check out our past post about Queer YA Romance & Beach Reads!

Land Acknowledgement:
We invite everyone to take a moment to honor these ancestral lands that we are collectively gathered upon and encourage all of us to think of ways to become better stewards of the lands we inhabit. We acknowledge our libraries occupy the traditional homelands of the Coast Miwok, Kashaya, Southern Pomo, and Wappo tribal nations, whose descendants still live here today. We recognize the historical and ongoing violence of settler colonialism and affirm Indigenous sovereignty. We will continue to hold ourselves accountable to the needs of the Indigenous people of Sonoma County, California, and beyond.

 

Our Virtual Pride Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of Queer Indigenous Representation! There aren’t many queer Indigenous YA books published out there, so we are including some information about the Native tribes local to the Sonoma County area. The lack of representation of Indigenous own voices, and the violence that happens to Indigenous folks today makes it extremely important to learn about and take action to support Indigenous communities.

For more information about the current sovereignty and revitalization efforts of local Native tribes, please see:

Pick out a book from the list below, or choose something else and share it with us. We will be meeting online at 4:00 pm every Tuesday in November. New participants are always welcome! For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the November Virtual Teen Pride Club, follow the links below:

For a complete list of November Teen Pride Club events.

The author(s) acknowledge(s) that they are descendant(s) not of Native people but of setter-colonialists. We recognize the historical and ongoing violence of settler colonialism, and affirm Indigenous sovereignty. We recognize that our library buildings/facilities are on stolen land. We will continue to hold ourselves accountable to the needs of the Indigenous people of Sonoma County, California, and beyond. The author(s) would welcome comments or corrections from members of Native communities, particularly the Coast Miwok, Kashaya, Southern Pomo, and Wappo tribal nations.

Our Recommendations:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to the library catalog)

The Witch King

The Witch King
by H. E. Edgmon
(he/they)
Seminole
Y EDGMON

The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves
by Cherie Dimaline
(she/her)
Georgian Bay Métis Nation
Y DIMALINE

Fire Song

Fire Song
by Adam Garnet Jones
(he/him)
Cree/Métis
Y JONES

A Snake Falls to Earth

A Snake Falls to Earth
by Darcie Little Badger
(she/her)
Lipan Apache
Y LITTLE BADGER

Elatsoe

Elatsoe
by Darcie Little Badger (she/her)
Lipan Apache
Y LITTLE BADGER

Love after the End

Love after the End
edited by Joshua Whitehead
(he/him)
Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of the
Peguis First Nation

(available as an ebook only)

Surviving the City, Volume 2

Surviving the City, Vol. 2
From the Roots Up
by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
(she/her)
Cree
YG SPILLET-SUMNER

Apple

Apple
Skin to the Core
by Eric Gansworth
(he/him)
Onondaga Nation
Y 970.004 GANSWORTH

 

Our Virtual Pride Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of queer horror, thriller, and supernatural books, movies, and podcasts. As the weather gets cooler and the nights get longer, it's the perfect time to cuddle up with a creepy book or tv show and a hot cup of tea! Pick out a queer horror, thriller,or supernatural book from the list below, or choose something else and share it with us. We will be meeting online at 4:00 pm every Tuesday in October. New participants are always welcome! For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the October Virtual Teen Pride Club, follow the links below:

  • October 5
  • October 12
  • October 19
  • October 26

Our Recommendations:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to the library catalog)

Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades
by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (she/her)
Y ABIKE-IYIMIDE

To Break a Covenant

To Break a Covenant
by Alison Ames (she/her)
Y AMES

The Taking of Jake Livingston

The Taking of Jake Livingston
by Ryan Douglass (he/she/they)
Y DOUGLASS

The Witch King

The Witch King
by H.E. Edgmon (he/they)
Y EDGMON

The Dead and the Dark

The Dead and the Dark
by Courtney Gould (she/her)
Y GOULD

The Lost Girls

The Lost Girls
by Sonia Hartl (she/her)
Y HARTL

She’s Too Pretty to Burn

She’s Too Pretty to Burn
by Wendy Heard (she/her)
Y HEARD

In the Ravenous Dark

In the Ravenous Dark
by A.M Stickland (they/she)
Y STRICKLAND

What Big Teeth

What Big Teeth
by Rose Szasbo (they//them)
Y SZASBO

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas (he/they)
Y THOMAS

Vampires never get old

Vampires never get old
edited by Zoraida Córdova (she/her) & Natalie C. Parker (she/her)
Y VAMPIRES

DeadEndia

DeadEndia: Volume 1, The Watcher's Test
by Hamish Steele (he/him)
YG STEELE