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

Gain valuable publishing experience by becoming an intern for Booklist Publications in Chicago! We will be accepting applications until May 15 for one position starting in September.

For over a century, Booklist has helped more readers find more titles than any other publication. Published by the American Library Association, Booklist delivers more than 8,000 recommended-only reviews of books, audiobooks, reference sources, videos, and DVDs each year. Spotlight issues provide coverage of popular genres, topics, and themes such as biography, YA, multicultural literature,...


Congratulations to the Pulitzer Prize winners in the category of books, which were announced early this afternoon! Notably, two of the winning titles are also Carnegie shortlisters: All the Light We Cannot See and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Learn more each winner here. The winning titles are listed below, with Booklist reviews linked when available:




Drum roll, please! And a slow clap! And for good measure, somebody cue the theme music from Jeopardy! Booklist‘s Mystery Month is just 10 days away. Can’t wait? Neither can we. To tide you over, here’s a little something we found in the filing cabinet, just behind the bottle of cheap bourbon and under the well-oiled .38.

Want to know the identities of the Edgar-winning authors who’ll tell each other they’re doing it wrong this year? Check back on May 1!


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Review of the Day

Barbassa, Juliana (author).
July 2015. 336p. Touchstone, hardcover, $27 (9781476756257); e-book (9781476756271). 918.81.
REVIEW. First published April 15, 2015 (Booklist).

After 21 years of roaming the globe with her family and her career in journalism, Barbassa returned to Rio de Janeiro in 2010 as Brazil prepared for its bids for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. It had been a long time, but Barbassa was curious how the bid and the frenzied infrastructure changes it required would impact Rio’s tumultuous politics, gross inequalities, vibrant culture, and fragile ecology. Working as an AP reporter, she was on hand for a 12-hour siege of a favela as the police fought to oust...

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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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