This Month in Teen Books: December 2021

Reading recommendations for teens
December 15, 2021
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A lot of people got their first introduction to National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds through his recent, absolutely captivating appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Whether you are just now discovering him or are already familiar with his fantastic books, make sure to check out his latest on the way:

Aint-Burned-all-the-bright.jpgAin’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin, had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW. And so for anyone who didn’t really know what it means to not be able to breathe, REALLY breathe, for generations, now you know. And those who already do, you’ll be nodding yep yep, that is exactly how it is.

Trending Now
Teens are notoriously hard to shop for, so if you’re looking for a buzzworthy YA book or a captivating graphic novel to give as a gift this year, look no further than this list of talked-about teen titles.      
What’s New This Month
The upcoming weeks are a treasure trove for hot new YA titles, including new releases from authors like Nnedi Okorafor, Alice Oseman, J. Elle, Becky Albertalli, and Adam Silvera, among others.    
What We’re Reading
This month’s staff picks list for teens includes something for everyone, with reads from authors like Lyla Lee, F.T. Lukens, Kacen Callender, Mariko Tamaki, and John Green. Check out those and more.    
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: