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

LibraryReads has just announced its June 2017 selections! Check out the ten titles chosen by librarians below, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible.

Remember, any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today.



Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz


TOP 10

The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn



In “The Clues to My Crime,” authors explain the influences behind their latest works of crime fiction. In this installment, Nancy Werlin (ImpossibleExtraordinary) tells us about the things that inspired her latest work of YA fiction, And Then There Were Four, a book about five teenagers who learn that their parents are conspiring to kill them. 


Neil Gaiman is known for his ability to weave myths and fairy tales, and his latest picture book continues with this trend. In this week’s Book Trailer Thursday, we get a peek at Gaiman’s latest tale Cinnamon, which is beautifully illustrated by Divya Srinivasan. A talking, man-eating tiger is the only one who is able to get Cinnamon, a non-speaking, pearl-eyed princess, to speak. The artwork and the story work together to whisk the reader away to mythic India, and Lolly Gepson calls it “A storytime winner” in her Booklist review, linked above. If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman, this...

American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced!
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Review of the Day

Tambor, Jeffrey (author).
May 2017. 384p. Crown Archetype, hardcover, $27 (9780451496355). 791.45.
REVIEW. First published May 16, 2017 (Booklist Online). Actor Tambor’s charming memoir opens with a series of letters he wrote to the book editor and his reps, who were trying to convince him to pen his life story. Obviously, his answer was yes, as he goes on to recount his youthful struggles, his lifelong passion for the theater, and his film and television work, from his indelible role as Hank in HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show. Tambor is candid about the unhappiness of his childhood as well as his own missteps, from admitting that taking a role onstage in the musical La Cage aux Folles was...

Authors on Libraries

We spoke with YA author Scott Westerfeld at the American Library Association 2017 Midwinter Meeting. Here's what he had to say about libraries:

I think every community winds up with the library the need.

That's one of the great things about what librarians do is they adapt to what, you know, what that neighborhood needs,  what that community needs.  There are some places where libraries become social service networks. There are some places where they're job placement centers.  There are some places where they're, you know, for some children they're a way to escape from what what that neighborhood is like, and to to escape from, you know, from their parents...

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