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

In their second installment from the thirty-second annual Miami Book Fair, hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn speak with Chantel Acevedo, Sloane Crosley, and Margo Jefferson. The year 2015 was big for each of these authors: Acevedo’s The Distant Marvels (2015), a poignant work of historical fiction set in the author’s native Cuba, was released in April; essayist Crosley’s first novel, The Clasp (2015), debuted in October; and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jefferson released her coming-of-age memoir, ...


Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this week’s Publishing U master class, Gordon Korman (Criminal Destiny, 2016; Slacker, 2016), an author whose many middle-grade novels have consistently tickled the funny bones of his constituents, explains how imagining his readers, and meeting them, keeps his comedy honest.




A genre-blending, time-collapsing tour de force in which the power of narrative builds worlds and destroys them.

Pears seems to love three-part harmony, though time, not music, is his medium of choice. In Stone’s Fall (2009) and The Dream of Scipio (2002), he weaved remarkably complex stories set in three different time periods that echoed one...

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Review of the Day

Andrews, Jesse (author).
Apr. 2016. 336p. Abrams/Amulet, hardcover, $18.95 (9781419720789). Grades 10-12.
REVIEW. First published February 15, 2016 (Booklist).

Andrews follows up his heartstrings-tugging best-seller turned movie,


Authors on Libraries

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born Dutch-American human rights activist, author, and former politician.  She was the 2015 Arthur Curley Memorial lecturer at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. We spoke with her about the importance of libraries.

She was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. She is currently a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


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