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

Every time a new LibraryReads list is published, we share the titles here on The Booklist Reader along with links to Booklist reviews. (Click here to see the August 2015 LibraryReads.) For those of you who prefer to listen rather than read, we now also hunt down the producers of the audio versions and providing the ordering information below. A handy tool for both personal listening and collection development, eh? You said it, not me. (Please note that we have not yet had time to review these new and forthcoming audios.)

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Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 6–10 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.

Monday, July 6th



If your readers prefer their beachside adventure books more domestic than deadly, steer them away from Shark Week—full steam ahead to these relationship-focused reads.

These are “drown your sorrows” stories of love, lost and found, not “drown in the ocean while trying to escape a man-eating shark that has a vendetta against you and your entire coast-dwelling family” tales.

I don’t know about you, but I like my time by the shore with chardonnay—not sharks.


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Review of the Day

Lee, Harper (author).
July 2015. 288p. Harper, hardcover, $27.99 (9780062409850); Harper, e-book, $15.99 (9780062409874).
REVIEW. First published July 15, 2015 (Booklist Online). Jean Louise Finch is back home in Maycomb, Alabama, for a visit, after living in New York City just long enough to gain a new perspective on her past and her future. At 26, she is self-deprecating, impulsive, argumentative, sensitive, and conflicted. Called Scout as a motherless girl, she was a “howling tomboy,” “juvenile desperado, hell-raiser extraordinary.” She still has a cowlick, and her corseted Aunt Alexandra still fusses about her unladylike clothes and manners. Jean Louise has always worshipped her lawyer...

American Library Association Youth Media Awards

Authors on Libraries

Sonia Manzano — the Emmy Award–winning actor who defined the role of Maria on the acclaimed television series "Sesame Street" remembers the libraries of her youth and speaks about the critical role of librarians in developing critical thinking skills.
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