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

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 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) was announced early this morning, March 31st, at a press conference in Stockholm. The international award, founded by the Swedish government and administered by the Swedish Arts Council, is named after Astrid Lindgren, the creator of the Pippi Longstocking series, and one of Sweden’s most important and beloved authors of children’s books. The award promotes interest in young adult and children’s...

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Early Society of Midland Authors (SMA) members (from left to right) Jane Addams, Clarence Darrow, Edgar Lee Masters, Harriet Monroe, Ring Lardner and Vachel Lindsay. Image taken from SMA’s Blog.

This April the Society of Midland Authors will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Founded in 1915 by a group of 50 Midwestern writers, the SMA sought to achieve “a closer association among the writers of the Middle West” and “the stimulation of creative literary effort.” Throughout the years they have hosted literary events to honor authors with strong ties to the Midwestern region, such as Saul Bellow, Kurt...

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The combination of poetry and pictures has ancient roots, of course, but in our time, it shows up mostly in books published for children. But why should kids have all the fun? The eclectic list of titles below includes some of my favorite examples of how poetry can interact with artwork in surprising, beautiful ways, creating a unique experience for readers and viewers of all ages, including grown-ups.

Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life!, by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and...

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Review of the Day


Marsh, Henry (author).
May 2015. 288p. St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne, hardcover, $25.99 (9781250065810); St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne, hardcover, $12.99 (9781466872806). 617.4.
REVIEW. First published April 1, 2015 (Booklist).

Brain surgery is risky business, even with modern technology—paralysis, stroke, and bleeding are devastating complications. Little wonder that the first chapter in this amazing account of an English neurosurgeon’s three-decade career begins, “I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing.” He works on cerebral aneurysms, head trauma, brain hemorrhage, ruptured discs of the spine, and loads of brain tumors. His instruments are crude (bone drill,...

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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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