The events of this year—a global pandemic, a reckoning with racist violence and oppression, a tumultuous presidential election—have touched everyone’s lives, children and teenagers included.
Reading fiction in 2020 was an act of defiance—of turning our attention away from the catastrophes playing out around us to engage in a quiet, imaginative act.
In a year when the headlines were dominated by conflict around the things that make us different, the best nonfiction books tore into those tensions and explored the humanity beneath.
TV could never replace real life, but these shows served as vital reminders that, although some of us are alone in our homes, no one is alone in the world.
There’s no subtle way to put it: 2020 has been a truly strange year for movies, a mini-epoch that has forced us to reckon with what movies can be and mean.
The news photos that captured 2020 — shown here in TIME’s annual unranked selection of 100 — almost need no time stamp, so distinctive was its look.
In news events chronicled by TIME photographers across the year, the invisible forces pushing us apart become visible.
In a bizarre, unsettling, and oftentimes downright frightening year, video games became a port of refuge for many.