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

It was with a bittersweet feeling that I closed White Dog (2003), the fourth and final (so far as we know) book in Australian crime-fiction great Peter Temple’s series about erstwhile Melbourne lawyer Jack Irish (the other books are Bad Debts, 1996; Black Tide, 1999; and Dead Point, 2000). Anyone with a favorite author or series...


Cindy: I ran a Scholastic Book Fair at one of my middle schools last week and one of the books that elicited the most conversation was How to Get a Girlfriend (2014), written and illustrated by Senior Kindergarten Students of the American International School of Zagreb, Croatia. Leo, Alexander, and Matej have great advice for young boys, including the seventh-graders who paged through it while giggling last week.

Don’t pick your nose because she will say “yuck!”

Do a writing workshop so you can write her a letter of love.

Have a shower so you smell good.


Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from October 19–23 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.

Monday, October 19

Unspeakable Things, by Kathleen Spivack


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Review of the Day

Polak, Monique (author).
Oct. 2015. illus. Orca, hardcover, $24.95 (9781459809901). Grades 4-7. 296.4.
REVIEW. First published November 15, 2015 (Booklist). While this title in the Orca Origins series explains the holiday of Passover, it also goes further. In the introduction, Polak remembers her associations with the holiday while growing up in Montreal, mostly through friends’ seders. Her own family was not observant, and Polak believes this was in part because her Dutch mother was a Holocaust survivor. (In doing research, the author interviewed several other survivors, and their stories make up a good portion of the book.) In the first several chapters, Polak explains the holiday’s origins,...

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Authors on Libraries

Joshua Davis, author of "Spare Parts," admits that there was a period in his life when he didn't visit the library. Once he had kids, he realized "there is something important about letting a child walk through a place with a lot of books. The internet can't really provide that [experience] in the same way."

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