For Book Lovers

Library users are passionate readers and we’ve got resources for all varieties of booklovers.

Recommended Books

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.

Starting a Book Club

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.

Well Read

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

Youth Media Awards

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.

Booklist Reader

With National Book Mobile Day, World Book Night, National Library Week, School Library Media Month, National Poetry Month, and so many other commemorative events, April might leave you feeling too exhausted to plan May’s library programming. But have no fear, Mystery Month is here!

Well, almost here. It doesn’t take a super-sleuth to discover that Booklist has long dedicated serious coverage to crime fiction. We review the genre in every issue of the magazine, and the May 1 issue is our Mystery Showcase—so full of...


Cindy: It’s March. That means a basketball post (or three) from Bookends. Faithful readers will know that Lynn and I cheer on our Big Ten teams this time of year … she the Purdue Boilermakers, and me the Indiana Hoosiers. My team can shoot threes and drive inside but we’ve sure had our ups and downs this season.

My final new book order of the school year just Picture a Slam Dunkarrived and with it was a drawing book I took a chance on: ...


Lynn: Here is a treasure for every classroom studying the water cycle! Raindrops Roll (2015), by April Pulley Sayre, is a visual gem that provides a close-up look at the action of raindrops.

raindropsThe book opens by setting the stage: “Rain is coming. You can feel it in the air.” Each page has a gorgeous photograph, often full page, illustrating the actions of the raindrops. They gather, glob, slip, drip, and reflect. The photographs are of leaves,...

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Review of the Day

Wein, Elizabeth (author).
Mar. 2015. 368p. Disney/Hyperion, hardcover, $17.99 (9781423183105). Grades 8-11.
REVIEW. First published March 15, 2015 (Booklist).

A good piece of historical fiction is a taut balancing act, and Wein walks a high-wire in her latest. Deftly weaving in details about the Italo-Ethiopian War in 1935, she traces the stunning story of Teo and Emilia, not related by blood but as good as brother and sister, who came to live in Ethiopia in 1930, just as tensions begin to build between the free African nation and the Italians occupying neighboring Eritrea and Somaliland. Told through their essays, journal entries, flight logs, and a series of adventure stories they...


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Authors on Libraries

Well, growing up in Richmond, Virginia, we would go to the library every weekend.  And I was able to check out far more than the limit because I had deals the librarians. You know, they knew which kids read books and which ones didn't. And I would go home with a stack and read them during the course of the week and take them back and you know, check another stack.

And I was able to see the world, in many respects, without ever leaving my hometown. And had a profound effect on me because if you make a reader earlier, I think you make a reader for life. That certainly was the case with me.

You walk into a room filled with books and to this day whenever I go into someone's home and they have a bookcase, I walk over. You can learn...

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