Library users are passionate readers and we’ve got resources for all varieties of booklovers.
Librarians are experts at connecting you with the information you need, whether it's a complex research project or the next good book on your reading list. This list of award-winning books is a good place to start. Read more about recommended books for adults, teens, and children.
Book clubs provide a wonderful forum for readers to talk about books and the reading experience and libraries contain many helpful resources for book groups. If you're looking for a book club to join, check with your library. Libraries often provide meeting space for book clubs and many administer their own book discussion groups. Thinking of starting your own book club? Learn how to get started.
The American Library Association has teamed up with Well Read, the popular weekly public television program for those who love books and lively, engaging conversations with the authors. Read more.
Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the American Library Association Youth Media Awards—including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards—guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Learn more about the Youth Media Awards.
Authors are natural allies of libraries. Especially in these challenging times, authors understand the key role that libraries and library staff play in the economic, social and educational fabric of our nation. Read more about how authors can passionately speak out in support for libraries. Learn how authors can get involved.
Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich has won the 2015 Nobel prize for literature. The Swedish Academy announced her win this morning, and described her works simply, as a “a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Throughout her career, she conducted thousands of interviews in an effort to create a narrative of individual stories that capture the zeitgeist of Soviet and post-Soviet people. Her pieces provide a platform for the voices of a society much of the world knows little about, and because of this, Alexievich creates art from history by documenting the impact of socialism while maintaining the human emotions that make these...READ MORE
November 2015 LibraryReads are here! Check out the 10 titles below, linked to Booklist reviews—several of them starred—where available. (Look for reviews of Crimson Shore, Dear Mr. You, Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living, The Muralist, and A Wild Swan: And Other Tales in forthcoming issues of Booklist.)
With showstopping artwork, gentle text, and remarkable sensitivity, this beautiful picture book captures the powerful comfort and expansive joy of imaginary friends.
There are plenty of picture books about finding imaginary friends, loving imaginary friends, even wistful books about letting go of imaginary friends. But few have plumbed the depths of loneliness and emotional complexity the way Van de Vendel and Van Hertbruggen do in their stunning, pithy picture book, The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have.READ MORE
Review of the Day
Hepplewhite, Peter (author). Illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones.
Aug. 2015. 32p. Gareth Stevens, library edition, $26.60 (9781482431186). Grades 4-8. 392.3.
REVIEW. First published October 1, 2015 (Booklist). “Everyone loves the smell of their own farts,” this book declares brightly. “Bet you do too.” And that sets the tone for the whole shebang. This installment in the Awfully Ancient series takes a fearlessly chipper plunge into the history of excrement (referred to, for most of the text, as poo). From the archaeological impact of dug-up dung to early toilets in ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and China to the devastating effects a lack of hygienic waste disposal had in early London... READ MORE
Authors on Libraries
Cece Bell is author of the highly acclaimed graphic memoir, "El Deafo," which chronicles her hearing loss and subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. We spoke with her about the importance of libraries during her appearance at the American Library Association's 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. "El Deafo" was named as a 2014 Newbery Honor book.