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

House Democrats staged a sit-in on the chamber floor on Wednesday to demand that the Republican majority hold a vote on a gun-control measure before the long Independence Day recess. #NoBillNoBreak is the latest in an increasingly contentious public dialogue about gun violence in America. For nearly two decades, some of our strongest writers have been exploring the ways in which school shootings have shaped a generation of children and what it means for them to feel safe. Here are some of them.

After, by Francine Prose



Children of Exile by Margaret Haddix Brown

Rosi, 12, has lived all her life in sheltered Fredtown, a community of adults who took in refugee children to raise them in a safe environment. Her adoptive parents have lovingly raised Rosi and her little brother, Bobo, but always made it clear that one day they—and all the children in Fredtown—would be returned to their real parents.




The Return...


Cindy: Kids hate it when they see a carnival ride that requires them to be a certain height to ride. Those are the GOOD rides. Steven Weinberg understands their pain and approaches the subject with great humor in his picture book, You Must Be This Tall (2016).


NAtional Readathon DAy, Saturday, May 21, 2016, #Readathon2016, Celebrate reading and help raise funds for early literacy
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Review of the Day

Klassen, Jon (author). Illustrated by the author.
Oct. 2016. 56p. Candlewick, hardcover, $17.99 (9780763656003). K-Grade 2.
REVIEW. First published June 1, 2016 (Booklist).

In this concluding volume of a thematic trilogy, Klassen employs all his trademark dry wit and deadpan humor to tell the story of a hat-related caper. Unlike its predecessors (


Authors on Libraries


I haven't made a film that hasn't depended almost entirely on the generosity and willingness of librarians and archivists to share their vast collections.

Sometimes it's a small public library or a tiny historical society. Sometimes it's a big massive institution like the Library of Congress. I remember getting my first library card in Newark, Delaware and visiting the library often there, and then later on in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the two places I grew up. But now we visit, somehow, hundreds of libraries every year to look for material for our films. There has not been a project that has not used a library collection in our research.

I live in rural New Hampshire and we're not that far away from Dartmouth and its...

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