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

Savvy readers will notice a slight change in this week’s heading. Today we’re shaking up Webcomics Wednesdays by featuring an initiative that will eventually be on the web (and elsewhere). Comics Uniting Nations, a partnership between Reading with Pictures, Project Everyone, and PCI Media (an organization dedicated to producing “entertainment-education”) plans to use the “universal visual language of comics” to promote the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to as wide and diverse an audience as possible.  And lest I be accused of burying the lede, I’ll mention right away that you can help this initiative get off the ground by contributing to their ...


With July just around the corner—well, maybe a corner and then another corner—the publishing date of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is drawing closer. As Bill Ott wrote in the Booklist Reader back in February, news that was initially greeted with giddy anticipation took a darker turn when questions began to arise about the manuscript’s origins (a rejected first draft), the intent of Harper Lee (she seems now to have authorized publication), and whether readers really will want to know how it all turned out for Jem, Scout, and Atticus (the book is set decades in the future...


Mary Kubica’s second domestic thriller, Pretty Baby (Harlequin MIRA), features a Chicago setting, shifts in plot and perspective, and an ending that’s a genuine surprise. (We shared the trailer for Kubica’s debut during last year’s Mystery Month.)

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Review of the Day

Hawkins, Scott (author).
June 2015. 400p. Crown, hardcover, $26 (9780553418606).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2015 (Booklist). Carolyn is a librarian whose father has gone missing; could he be dead? Well, maybe, but that would be strange, since he is nearly omniscient and, by all evidence, almost omnipotent. And Carolyn herself is no ordinary librarian: for one thing, she is the self-taught master of all languages, even that of storms! And she has the power to replace the sun (don’t ask). Clearly, there is something weird going on here, but something wonderfully weird. Hawkins’ first novel is an extravagant, beautifully imagined fantasy about a universe that is both familiar and unfamiliar....

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Authors on Libraries

Well, I was partially raised by the library, I feel. My parents used to drop me and my brother off at the library all the time, especially during the summers. I learned how to read in the library I developed a deep love of Dr. Seuss at my library. I remember going to the programs that they used to have in the common room under know, downstairs. I saw my first episode of Star Trek in the library. Libraries were hugely influential on me.

I did a book in 2013. It came out in 2013, called "Boxers and Saints," which is all about the Boxer Rebellion, a war that was fought on Chinese soil in the year 1900. When I started that project, I barely knew anything about the Boxer Rebellion.  Everything I learned, I learned at the library...

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