What Do Tweens Like 2016

Happy New Year!

Our most popular post here at Tween You & Me is What do Tweens Like? 

In honor of this post and the new year, I wanted to add some new things that are popular with tweens. 


Minecraft is out and Roblox is in! Roblox is similar to Minecraft. It is a world building game. There is much debate on which is better, but this game seems to be taking the popular card. If you work with tweens, be sure to be aware of this game. It is one that is sure to grow even more popular this year. 

World Records 

Tweens enjoy looking at outrageous facts and world records. With the new year, tweens will be flocking to see the new editions of these books. If a tween in your life is having a birthday coming up, this is always a safe gift that will bring hours of enjoyment. 


Rick Riordan is still king among tween literature. In November, this new series  called Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard was released. 

The second part in this series will be released November 2016. Riordan is also keeping the pace going by releasing more books with Percy Jackson

The Hidden Oracle (B&N Exclusive Edition) (The Trials of Apollo Series #1)

This new book called The Trials of Apollo will feature Percy and will be released in May of 2016. I can see this one becoming an instant best seller. Be sure to start planning you Percy Library program for this summer! 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Warriors, Harry Potter, Big Nate, Choose Your Own Adventure, I Survived, James Patterson books and Dork Diaries are also still very popular. 


Many of the same graphic novels continue to be popular -Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, and Bones are just a few.  

There is also a new Amulet being released! So watch out for that. 

Firelight (Amulet Series #7)

For fans of  Raina Telgemeier, these comics have been extremely popular: 

Sunny Side Up


Roller Girl

Even though they aren't as popular as Raina Telgemeier, I do think they make great read a likes and will continue to grow in popularity. 


Alyssa recently posted a great list of some upcoming movies with tween appeal. I wanted to add a few that are already generating a lot of excitement from tweens. 

Oh, James Patterson. His I Funny Series and Middle School series are still popular. It is only natural that a movie is to follow. This one will be popular for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid & will be an instant tween hit. It is set to hit theaters in Fall of 2016. I am a huge Lauren Graham fan (Gilmore Girls, anyone?) and look forward to seeing this one with the tweens. 

Batman Vs. Superman 

A superhero face off?! You can bet this movie will be a 2016 favorite for tweens and for adults. 

Disney Pop Culture Favorites

Tweens are big fans of fairy tale books & movies. The Descendants is just another example of this. 
This was a TV movie that premiered last summer on the Disney Channel. Its hype is fading out, but this one to be aware of. 

This one is obvious, but I wanted to mention it. With the new movie, it has brought more love to this phenomenon. Star Wars themed books, games, and clothing is big and will continue to hold on strong as Disney continues to release these movies. 

Things with tweens are always changing. One thing that hasn't changed is that tweens enjoy things that are centered around change and allow them to explore the world around them.

So put out Legos, let them play with make up, cook gross stuff, and explore the world.
This exploration allows them to find out who they are. It can't get much better than that!

Until next time, 



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