For Book Lovers

Library users are passionate readers and we’ve got resources for all varieties of booklovers.

Recommended Reading

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.

ALA 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.

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.

Banned and Challenged Books

ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.  Learn more about banned books.

Booklist Reader

We here at Booklist long for those clear, sunny days of spring, so we are extra excited about our annual Spotlight on Crafts and Gardening, which is now live! Annie Bostrom not only offers a fresh crop of Top 10 Crafts & Gardening Books, she also plants some great ideas for adding botanical crafting read-likes...


Leader/Organizer: Augie Aleksy and John Cline

Years of operation: 1992 to Present

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Tell us about your book group.

We’re a casual group that enjoys each other’s company, but we don’t always agree on the value of the mystery novel/author we’ve just read and are discussing. (The taste of the group is quite eclectic.) What’s interesting about the group is that we have such a long history, we can compare current books to books the group read a decade ago. Additionally, the group started by reading one author and one book (usually the author’s...


May 16 is National Love a Tree Day! And we’re celebrating with a list of children’s books that feature individual trees worthy of your love. We’ve got magical trees, sentient trees, talking trees, special-but-nonetheless-treelike-trees, and we even have some good ol’ nonfiction trees! Whether you love them or love to hate them, show our floral friends some respect, because without them, we wouldn’t have any air to breathe or, more importantly, pages to read.

Older Readers


Book Club Central - ALA's new resource for book-group leaders and readers, including  book picks from Sarah Jessica Parker.
2019 ALA Youth Media Award winners announced January 28!
Booklist Reader:Opinion, news and lists from the book people