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

Lynn: Sometimes a few words go a long way. This is especially true in these new picture books where the author/illustrators use just a few simple words of text to tell the story along with their terrific, expressive illustrations. Don’t imagine this choice limits the stories though, because these are a real delight to read with preschoolers. I recently shared two of these with the pre-reading members of our focus group and they were a big hit. Four-year-old Henry, in particular, loved them and insisted on immediately starting the books again, this time with him doing the reading.



Some of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!



Legal Name and Alias:

mugshot-annetragerAnne Trager, aka The Translator, infamous trafficker of French mysteries and thrillers in English


Co-conspirator Fabrice Neuman, aka The French Connection

Amy “Red-line” Richards, translation editor, sometimes known as...


Our readers are often curious about the process of writing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts! In this installment of our Publishing U series, CWA Diamond Dagger–award winning crime writer Simon Brett discusses a topic he’s asked about most often when tutoring writing courses—one that’s especially important for mystery writers.


Mystery Month 2015Simon Brett: As an author, you have one enormous advantage over your readers. You know...

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Review of the Day

Rader-Day, Lori (author).
July 2015. 284p. Prometheus/Seventh Street, paperback, $15.95 (9781633880047).
REVIEW. First published May 1, 2015 (Booklist).

The last thing Juliet Townsend expects to see as she checks her road-weary family into the budget-friendly Mid-Night Inn is Madeleine Bell, her high-school best friend. OK, her only best friend throughout her life. They haven’t spoken in 10 years, since star runner Madeleine’s last-minute withdrawal from the state track meet ruined Juliet’s chance to win a scholarship that would have meant a different life. Juliet is still bitter, and it doesn’t help that Maddy looks fantastic and is clearly wealthy, while Juliet lives at home caring...


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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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