First of all, because we’re librarians, we think the perfect procrastination is reading about books. Agree with us? Here are some of the places we go:
- Reading Rants – Out of the ordinary teen reading booklists!
- Teen Reads – Info and features about young adults’ favourite books, authors, series and characters
- Inside A Dog – State Library Victoria Centre for Youth Literature’s website
- Goodreads.com – Social networking with books. Cooler though, are the hundreds of user-generated lists for absolutely everything.
- Epic Reads – interactive site for YA literature complete with author content, polls, quizzes etc.
Want to know more about your favourite author? Follow the book covers to the author’s website
An aspiring writer yourself? There’s so much useful advice online! For example:
- Teen Ink – is an excellent resource for aspiring writers as it has hundreds of submissions from other teen authors (ranging from poetry to non-fiction to art to reviews to plays as well as fiction), a space to submit your own work and a forum to discuss writing with other like-minded people!
- Teenage Writers – is an enormous forum full of tips and hints for aspirig writers. It also provides a space for you to publish your work and recieve feedback from others. And there are competitions! Scroll down the page of forums to the one titled ‘Literary Cafe’ to find the action.
- Writing Teen Novels – a Facebook page with information about (as it suggests) writing novels for teens, with content from current YA authors
- Need more advice than all that? Authors often have fantastic FAQ pages about writing. In particular you can check out John Scalzi’s page or Cassandra Clare’s. OR most of the authors websites mentioned above will have FAQ pages..
Websites about … Film and Television
- About-Face – is a website that offers a critique of (and tools for critiquing) some of the more harmful messages to women and girls in the media that target self-esteem and body image
- NZ Girl – New Zealand-based online magazine for teen girls and young women
- Flicks.co.nz – will tell you everything you want to know about the movies; what movies are playing when and where, their trailers, their release dates (for the cinema and DVDs) and what will be coming months in advance
- Hollywood.com – has reviews and trailers and movie news and updates straight from Tinsel Town itself
- Internet Movie Database (IMDb) – has cast lists, synopses, reviews, trailers, quotes and fun facts for nearly every movie and tv show. It’s like Wikipedia but just for film and tv!
- Screenrant – promises to be “The #1 Independent Movie & TV News Website”
- Metacritic – shamelessly scores (based on critical and user reviews) movies, tv, games and music. It’s even colour coded: green is good, yellow is average and red is baaaad
Websites about … Music
- Teen Music – has all the news and gossip about pop music’s biggest stars
- SoundLogik – Electronic music news, interviews, reviews and, of course, music
- NZ Top 40 – for the official New Zealand music charts
- Young Composers – a forum for, you guessed it, young composers. Talk to other composers, read reviews and get advice on composing music
Websites about … Manga/Anime
- AnimeFreak.TV – Free manga. Such an awesome site ^^
- Tokyopop – leading the manga revolution!
- Anime News Network
- How Manga Conquered the U.S.
Websites about … Games
- IGN.com – Games, movies, comics and more
- Gamespy – has stopped updating its content (as of febuary 2013) but still has reviews of hundred of games
- Bored.com – has free games as well as links to all sorts of other entertaining corners of the internet
Websites about … Science and Health
- Science Buddies – Science fair project ideas, answers, and tools
- How Stuff Works – the name pretty much says it all
- Nasa – for everything astronomy related you could ever want to know. With really cool pictures
- MythBusters – the website has all their collected experiments from the hit tv show – science fair ideas perhaps?
- National Geographic – has everything you could ever possibly want to know about our world
- Recycle City – has interactive information about recyclying (how to, the benefits of etc) and a game similar to old school SimCity
- The Green Squad – provides information on how to make your school a greener (more environmentaly friendly) place, after all, you are there almost every dat
- National Wildlife Federation – an American website dedicated to giving information about protecting wildlife. The New Zealand version is through the Department of Conservation website
- Teen Health – a fantastic website covering not only physical health but drugs and alcohol, mental health and information about healthy relationships and society
Websites about … Sport
- EXPN – Skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, skiing and bmx news, photographs, videos and information
- ESPN – for up to date sports scores, news and information
- Cricinfo – the home of cricket
- Motorsport.com – Racing news and results
- Rugby World – International rugby, club rugby and rugby results and news
- Vorb – New Zealand’s cycling community online
and finally: New Zealand sites for New Zealand teens
- Tearaway – has music, movie, beauty, gaming and book reviews as well news, event details, free stuff (the best kind of stuff!) and competition details.
- Drink Driving – the facts.
- For free confidential legal advice on any issue, you can use the Youthlaw site or call the helpline.
- Attitude – How to handle those difficult issues.
- Urge – for NZ info on drugs, sex stress and other stuff.
- Call counselling phone Youthline on 0800 376633, 11am to 11pm. You can also E-mail them at: email@example.com
- Feeling down? Depression.org.nz has some fantastic resources to help you understand depression – what it is and how to get through it. Also, there is The Lowdown which is the site specifically for teens. There you can read other people’s stories about depression and talk to counsellors online.
- Need help with homework? AnyQuestions is a service provided by librarians from around the country who will talk to you online and help you answer homework questions online. They’re open from 1-6pm Monday to Friday and have a companion website Many Answers which has pages for some of the most popular or frequently asked questions on Any Questions
- Te Ara – is the best online encyclopedia for New Zealand. In Māori, Te Ara means ‘the pathway’. Through interlinking text and image trails, the Encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery. Beginning with the theme of Peoples, it will eventually present a comprehensive guide to New Zealand – its natural environment, history, culture, economics and government