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


This article, the last in our series celebrating #50YearsofYA, originally appeared in the December 1 issue of Booklist.




After countless interviews, features, guest essays, live events, and more, Booklist’s yearlong 50 Years of YA celebration is drawing to an end. But before we hand out diplomas, let’s convene a roundtable on what’s happening right now in YA—and what might happen in the future. In attendance are Leigh Bardugo (The Language of Thorns, 2017); Brandy Colbert (...


Former Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks senior designer and artist Armand Balthazar has turned his attention to middle-grade fiction in Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic (HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen), the first in a new science fiction / fantasy series. In a world where past, present, and future all exist at the same time, Diego Ribera and his friends must save their city and their very existence. The trailer offers just a glimpse Balthazar’s talent, showcasing a small sample of the spectacular full and double-page artwork that accompanies and enhances this epic adventure.



The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!


Adult Fiction

 The Whispering Room: A Jane Hawk Novel, by Dean Koontz


Adult Nonfiction


Book Club Central - ALA's new resource for book-group leaders and readers, including  book picks from Sarah Jessica Parker.
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American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2018 winners announced Feb. 12!

Review of the Day

Beattie, Ann (author).
June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2017 (Booklist). Accomplished short story writer Beattie (

Authors on Libraries

We spoke with YA author Scott Westerfeld at the American Library Association 2017 Midwinter Meeting. Here's what he had to say about libraries:

I think every community winds up with the library the need.

That's one of the great things about what librarians do is they adapt to what, you know, what that neighborhood needs,  what that community needs.  There are some places where libraries become social service networks. There are some places where they're job placement centers.  There are some places where they're, you know, for some children they're a way to escape from what what that neighborhood is like, and to to escape from, you know, from their parents...