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

Lynn: Cindy and I have run an after-school book club for 16 years. We try to support our members as a fellowship of readers, encouraging them to read widely and develop literary criticism skills. Our latest lively, opinionated group is coming on fast, and I was thinking about using one of my favorite exercises with them: asking them to decide what kind of readers they are.



Our current Booklist Reader? Briana Shemroske, editorial assistant for Booklist’s Books for Youth Department, who joined us in 2015. In her day, she sifts through and logs in incoming mail (children’s books galore!), corresponds with freelance reviewers and publishers, and slowly but surely hones her Microsoft Excel skills.

Briana at her desk, wearing a scarf

What do you do when you’re not at Booklist?

Attempt to learn to cook things that are not pasta (suggestions welcome!), read, think about running but never actually running, spend money I don’t have on gigantic scarves and...


The December 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 269 new reviews and 10 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care of that today!

The current issue puts the spotlight on science and health. We bring you the top 10 science books of 2016, the top...

American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced January 23!
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction 2017 Longlist
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Review of the Day

Hale, Shannon (author) and Dean Hale (author).
Feb. 2017. 336p. Disney/Marvel, hardcover, $13.99 (9781484781548). Grades 4-7.
REVIEW. First published December 1, 2016 (Booklist). The popular but perhaps lesser-known Squirrel Girl comics leap into the realm of the novel thanks to the considerable talent of wife-and-husband team Shannon and Dean Hale. Doreen Green, a peppy 14-year-old with a gorgeous tail (tactfully concealed) and secret squirrel powers, is doing her best to make friends—both human and squirrel—in her new New Jersey town, but it isn’t easy. She’s been dismissed by the popular girls and local LARPers, but Doreen finds a BFF in hearing-impaired classmate Ana Sofía. When Doreen notices...

Authors on Libraries

Libraries are extremely important. I still owe some library fines for books I have out -- gotta admit it right here on camera -- in Detroit. So they probably added up to a 1.7 million dollar now fine. But I'm grateful, and I'll try to pay it, because libraries have been extraordinarily important to me. And I love to, you know, inhale the the actual papyrus. I love the physical book. I don't want to be a Luddite. I don't mind your Kindle, if you want to start some fires, but in terms of, you know, the physical text 186.7. I like going there. That's not a... young people, that's not the call letter for a radio station of your favorite music, that is where we organize knowledge according to discipline. And those libraries are extremely important...

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