Reading, Writing and E-Books

Reading and Writing

Academy of Achievement: Recommended Books
Discover which books made a difference in the early lives of the most eminent achievers of our times.

Book Finder, by YALSA

NPR Books: Booklists and reviews from National Public Radio

Outstanding Books for the College Bound: This list offers opportunities for independent reading and lifelong learning. Use it to round out your reading as you prepare for college entrance exams and courses, to strengthen your knowledge in a variety of subject areas and enhance appreciation for different cultures and times.

Printz Award Books: The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for books that exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature.

San Mateo Public Library Recommended Reading: Booklists from your friendly local Teen Librarian

Reading Rants: Out of the ordinary teen booklists, a popular book review source and an interactive blog.

School Library Journal Adult Books for Teens (Reviews)

School Library Journal YA Book Reviews Commentary, news, interviews and reviews from leading authors for teen readers. Includes online discussions.


American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest

2020-2021 Topic: TBA

Deadline: TBA

#NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel during the month of November.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. The deadline for 2021 submissions is early December, 2020.  Firm date TBA.

EasyBib Writers' Blog Dozens of helpful blog posts to improve writing and research.




A huge ebook collection for high school academic and pleasure reading.  For off-campus access, find login and password information here.

OVERDRIVE ebooks & audiobooks

Now available! -- access to an extensive ebook and audiobook collection shared with  other Bay Area independent schools.

Look for Junipero Serra High School in the drop down sign in menu, then log in with your school Google account.

SORA Reading App

  Go mobile with the SORA reading        app from the App Store or Google Play.

Ebooks belonging to the Zoph Library collection.  If the collection does not open on linking, select:

State: CA

School:  Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo

Browse as Guest, or login with the first part of your Serra email, i.e. SerraJunipero2020 as user and your 5 digit student ID for your password.

Start here for access to a variety of ebooks and e-content at your local public library on the Peninsula.

Click here for specific help in accessing PLS ebooks.  Click here for ebook FAQs.

Click here to set up or access a Peninsula Library System account through your local library.

Project MUSE offers open access (OA) books and journals from several distinguished university presses and scholarly societies.  Access has been broadened and extended by many publishers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

More than 6,000 Open Access ebooks from 75+ publishers, including Brill, Cornell University Press, De Gruyter, and University of California Press, are now available at no cost to libraries or users.

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.