Public Library App Libby Offers Reading Recommendations for Students Heading Back to School
Back to school season is upon us, and that means many kids are heading to the classroom for the first time in more than a year. A new school year is always accompanied by changes to day-to-day routines and responsibilities. When coupled with the ups and downs of the ongoing pandemic, students across all grade levels will likely be returning to school with increased anxiety and stress levels.
For high school students, hearing from others going through similar experiences and emotions can be helpful. Libby, the leading library reading app from OverDrive, has a timely and relatable list of ebooks and audiobooks to help high school students who are coming-of-age as they encounter new challenges, feelings, and unchartered territories.
This latest book list offers reads for every type of high school student—from familiar favorites like Eleanor & Park and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist to trendy new contemporary reads including You Have A Match and Blackout. Students can find thrillers, mysteries, grounded stories about relationships, diverse cultural backgrounds and so much more on Libby.
Here are Libby’s suggested Back to School and Coming of Age reads:
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
- This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn
- Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
- Ghost by Jason Reynolds
- Solo by Kwame Alexander
- We Were Liars by Lockhart
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
- The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
- Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
- Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
- You Have a Match by Emma Lord
- Camp by C. Rosen
- The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
- I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
To enjoy this back-to-school collection, readers simply need a public library card. If they don’t have one, an Instant Digital Card can easily be created with a cell phone number in 30 seconds (in select markets).
Especially for students on-the-go, ebooks and audiobooks can be downloaded directly to their devices including Kindle for offline reading or listening as they take the morning bus or walk around on campus. Libby is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which makes listening easy during school pickups and carpools. The app is also compatible with Sonos speakers so students can listen to their favorite books during homework time and beyond.
Used by millions of library patrons around the world, Libby makes it quick and easy for readers to borrow and enjoy digital content for free from their local library. Readers can choose from their public library’s individual collection of ebooks, audiobooks, as well as magazines, comics, cookbooks, and more to download directly to their personal devices 24/7.