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

Fans love prolific authors—more books means more to love, right? But it can be difficult for newcomers to decide where to start, especially with an author who alternates a long-running series with decidedly different stand-alones. But we’re here to help! Find the way to reading happiness with our Booklist Reader Guides.


The Queen of Psychological Suspense

The much-lauded Ruth Rendell (winner of numerous mystery awards, including the 1991 Cartier Diamond Dagger for a lifetime’s achievement in the field, not to mention being awarded a CBE in 1996), passed away on May 2, 2015. She wrote about seemingly regular people—but scratch the surface, and you’ll find all kinds of dysfunction and horror...


Fans will find guaranteed great listening with any of the 36 audiobook titles Booklist reviewed in April, but just 10 received a coveted starred review for notably exceptional audio in genre or format. For the best in the art of audiobook production and narration, check out the adult and youth starred reviews below, and stay tuned for our monthly roundup of audiobook stars here at the Booklist Reader.


Audiobook stars, April 2016: 



Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

Mystery MonthIn The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe famously said, “I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat, and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.” Sleuths live in a different world these days, especially that special brand of twenty-first-century investigator who lets his or her...

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

Marois, Andre (author). Illustrated by Patrick Doyon.
Mar. 2016. 160p. Chronicle, hardcover, $14.99 (9781452146591). Grades 2-5.
REVIEW. First published May 1, 2016 (Booklist). A graphic mystery for the elementary-school set, Marois’ enchanting story pairs wonderfully with first-time-illustrator Doyon’s frenetic, hip art, which owes more to Maira Kalman (

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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