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

An intimate dinner for two at an off-the-beaten path Tuscan ristorante. A moonlight stroll along the Left Bank of the Seine. Watching the sun come up over the savanna. Letting the gentle breeze caress your cheek while standing on a warm beach in the Caribbean. It all sounds wonderfully romantic, doesn’t it? That is, until you think about all the work packing involves. And standing in those never-ending TSA lines at the airport. And scrunching into seats on an airplane like sardines in a can. And dealing with all those snooty French waiters who refuse to tell you exactly what escargots are. Fortunately, it is possible to experience all the fun and passion of a love story set in an exotic locale from the comfort of your favorite...


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

 Conviction, by Julia Dahl



After 146 years of wowing audiences with rare animals and aerial stunts, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will hold its final performances this May. Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey retired their elephants in May 2016 when they lost a legal battle against activists, which led to a decrease in ticket sales. As they dazzle crowds in Rhode Island and New York for the last time, they will also concentrate on finding good homes for their animals and placing their employees in new jobs.

Lucky for circus fans, we have plenty of novels available to us—and no animals were harmed in the process! If you miss being...

American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced!
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Review of the Day

Shattuck, Jessica (author).
Mar. 2017. 368p. Morrow, hardcover, $26.99 (9780062563668).
REVIEW. First published March 15, 2017 (Booklist). The last party at the ancient von Lingenfels castle is the occasion of a meeting of a group that is committed to resisting the Nazis. Among them is Marianne von Lingenfels’ husband. Another resister is her childhood sweetheart, who extracts from her a promise to look after Benita, his pregnant wife-to-be. When the resisters are executed in 1944 for their part in the plot to assassinate Hitler, Marianne rescues Benita and her son from dire conditions in Berlin and takes them to the castle to live with her and her own three children. Later, they are joined by...

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...

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