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

The Books for Youth department at Booklist has been positively flooded with books whose covers have things in bottles/jars/globes, etc. The two books in Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger series involve boats, one—Nicole Castroman’s Blackhearts—is about pirates, while Ally Condie’s Everlife series concerns warring factions in the realm of the dead.

Is this coincidence, or the glass-covered shape of things to come? You decide. Here’s a list of the bottled books pictured above, with links to their Booklist reviews when possible.

Long May She Reign, by Rhiannon Thomas (February 2017)

Wintersong, by S. Jae-Jones (January 2017)



Do not be deceived: despite this video’s noncommittal charm, you definitely need to get your hands on a copy of Amy Schumer’s most recent success, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (Gallery).

As soon as possible.

Since we don’t know anything about Schumer’s bank account (inferences aside, of course—fame pays, as they say), our heartfelt recommendation of this new release stems from an admiration for the book’s pointed wit, wry humor, and stirring anecdotes. With subjects that range from the quietly personal to the raucously public, Schumer’s new release takes on more...


Cindy and Lynn: It’s a great year for middle-grade and middle school graphic novels, whether they are sequels to popular series or something brand new. Here are two we’ve read recently and a short list of others that should also be on your radar…and your back-to-school order lists.


The Nameless City, by Faith Erin Hicks, with Jordie Bellaire


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Review of the Day

Lourey, Jess (author).
Sept. 2016. 480p. Midnight Ink, paperback, $15.99 (9780738749693).
REVIEW. First published August, 2016 (Booklist).

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Authors on Libraries

Well I was a very early reader, but I lived up in the north woods, except in the winters when I lived in cities.

And in the city, you could have a library. You could have a library at your school, and you could also have a little regional branch of the Toronto Public Library System.

So I used to go to the Deer Park Library in Toronto with my little library card when I was nine, and it was still when they stamped the library card. And you could get out two books, and then you had to bring them back and get another two.

So that was magic because when you're up in the woods, there are books, but once you've read them you can't get any more. So I was a great frequenter of that little regional library.


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