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

Did you know that today, July 25, is the National Day of the American Cowboy? Yee haw! Now, ideally, you’ll be celebrating by saddling up Old Paint for a ride out onto the ol’ prairie, where you’ll round up some dogies before settling in around the campfire for son-of-a-gun stew and a few shots of red eye. But, in the unlikely even that your horse has gone to that great round-up in the sky, you may have to make do with reading about the real thing. These recent westerns, which all received starred reviews in Booklist, will help you get in the spirit.



Cindy: Earlier this summer, on the plane ride home from ALA Annual Conference, I read the graphic novel Sunny Side Up (August 2015) by siblings Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. I hinted at this in a previous post about our exhibit haul. The book’s front cover blurb from Raina Telgemeier, author of...


The fifth in Vollmann’s Seven Dreams cycle offers a polyphonic saga of the tragic war between the Nez Percé and the U.S. Army.

The Dying Grass. By William T. Vollmann. 2015. 1,376p. illus. Viking, $55 (9780670015986).

Vollmann’s Seven Dreams, an epic sequence of novels about the European colonizing of North America, has been compared to Moby-Dick, Wagner’s Ring cycle, and the big novels of John Barth and Thomas Pynchon. But Vollmann attains his own form of monumentality by virtue of assiduous research and compassionate imagination.

Seven Dreams begins with the arrival of...

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Review of the Day

Myers, Walter Dean (author).
Oct. 2015. 208p. illus. Amistad, hardcover, $17.99 (9780062112712). Grades 6-9.
REVIEW. First published July, 2015 (Booklist).

Having plumbed the archives for information about the nineteenth-century dancing sensation known as Juba, Myers pieces together a fictionalized account of his extraordinary life in this posthumous novel. Set in the Five Points district of New York City, the story begins with teenager William Henry Lane’s dream of becoming a dancer. At a time when slavery is still practiced and black entertainers are expected to clown in minstrel shows, Juba, as he is called, wants to be known for his talent. Dancing with the speed and inventiveness...


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Authors on Libraries

Sonia Manzano — the Emmy Award–winning actor who defined the role of Maria on the acclaimed television series "Sesame Street" remembers the libraries of her youth and speaks about the critical role of librarians in developing critical thinking skills.
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