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

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from October 10 through October 14 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.

Monday, October 10

 Two by Two,
by Nicholas Sparks

Best-selling Sparks celebrates his twentieth year of publishing with his...


Cindy and Lynn: Once upon a time, when a middle-school student walked in asking for that book with the goldfish on the cover, they were looking for either Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind or Cynthia Lord’s Rules. Today the answer could be almost anything. Find a bowl, fill it with some goldfish crackers, and arrange these books for an easy, fishy display.




The November 2016 LibraryReads have been announced! Check out the ten November titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available. Any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today.

Faithful, by Alice Hoffman (Favorite of Favorites)


American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced January 23!
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction 2017 Longlist
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Review of the Day

Roe, Robin (author).
Jan. 2017. 320p. Hyperion, hardcover, $17.99 (9781484763803). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published October 15, 2016 (Booklist). Fourteen-year-old Julian is a damaged boy, taciturn and withdrawn, painfully shy and still bereft from the death of his parents when he was a child. A poor student with illegible handwriting, he is often the subject of teachers’ scorn and classmates’ teasing. As a result, he regularly skips classes to hide in a secret room he has found. His home life is even worse: he is the ward of his uncle by marriage, a cold, distant, dangerous man who often punishes Julian cruelly, whipping him with a switch and lacerating the skin on his torso. Things begin to...

Authors on Libraries

Libraries have impacted my life, because being able to access to information and stories has allowed me to learn a lot more, not about just myself, but about other people. And being able to really just pick up all that information
and help me discover who I am has been really important.

Libraries can be a safe place, because if the community is very supportive and you know everyone is just accepting of who you are, then you could be yourself and learn more information and acquire knowledge. And I think it's important to have a library where you can just be yourself and do your thing.


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