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

Lynn: It has been my great pleasure to serve again this year on the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Youth Jury. This year the jury was made up of Jonathan Hunt, Walter Mayes, and myself. It was so much fun to argue books with these two astute readers again. We all served together on the Michael L. Printz Award committee in 2007, and they are just as dedicated and thoughtful as they were then. It was a great year for young adult books and we had so many outstanding books to chose from. After a hard struggle, we arrived at our shortlist and are very proud to to announce and congratulate our...

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Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the seventh post of our Publishing U series agent Suzie Townsend and author Nikki Loftin talk about how an author can stay on track even when she hits an unforeseen roadblock on the winding path to publication. 

Suzie TownsendSuzie Townsend: Signing with an agent is a big step on the journey to publication. It’s exciting, which is one of the reasons I became an...

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The Bookseller has released their shortlist for the 2014 Diagram prize, a humorous literary award that is given annually to a book with an unusual title. The award was created in 1978 by Trevor Bounford and Bruce Roberston of the Diagram Group in order to “avoid boredom” at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Originally only books present at the fair qualified, and a panel of judges voted on the winner. The Bookseller has since expanded the competition to include nominations from Bookseller‘s readership, and the winner is now decided by popular vote on The Bookseller‘s sister site, We...

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Review of the Day


Konigsberg, Bill (author).
May 2015. 336p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, hardcover, $17.99 (9780545648936). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published March 1, 2015 (Booklist). Seventeen-year-old Carson has come from New York City to Billings, Montana, to spend the summer with his dying father, whom he hasn’t seen in 14 years. Things are different in Billings. For one thing, it’s quiet; for another, there are no animals in the Billings Zoo—well, except for a depressed Siberian tiger “with a look of existential despair in his eyes.” However, all is not lost, for it is at the zoo that Carson meets Aisha and falls instantly in love. There’s only one hitch: Aisha is a lesbian. Carson is disappointed, but,...
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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 hava a bookcase, I walk over. You can learn...

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