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

Lynn: Reading for Bookends is a very humbling job. I am always finding books about subjects I know nothing about—but should! Pioneering female sportswriter Mary Ellen Garber is a prime example. Thankfully, there’s Miss Mary Reporting: the True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber (2016) by Sue Macy.

Born in 1916, Mary Ellen Garber loved sports. Much to her mother’s dismay, when Mary wasn’t playing sports, she was reading about them. Early on, Mary decided to be a sports reporter, but she started...


This month’s SF/fantasy and horror-centric Booklist features a Core Collection of space operas—none of them written by women. Not to fear! There are enough awesome, women-penned space operas to send you to Naboo and back at least three times. Here are eight of them, with links to their Booklist reviews when available:

Ancillary Justice, 
by Ann Leckie

Behind the Throne, by K. B. Wagers

Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor



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 August 15 through August 19 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books.


Tales of the Peculiar, by Ransom Riggs

Fans of Riggs’ Miss Peregrine series will delight over this...

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Review of the Day

Porter, Sarah (author).
Sept. 2016. 304p. Tor Teen, hardcover, $17.99 (9780765380548). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published August, 2016 (Booklist). Spring is approaching, but the nights in Brooklyn keep lasting longer. For Vassa (mother dead, father gone, stepmother absent) and her two pseudo half stepsisters, this night-hour curse is just a nuisance, until all the lights in the house burn out. Vassa’s sister sends her to buy light bulbs at BYs, a chaotic franchise where the building dances and shoplifters are beheaded. When she accidentally crosses tricky owner Babs Yagg, Vassa finds herself making a deal: if she works (and survives) three nights in the store, Babs will let her live. Witchy...

Authors on Libraries

The libraries that I frequented were not simply places where people read books, they were community centers, organizations, outlets. Meetings were had. Local community organizations met there, addressed the issues of the community, provided an outlet for young people until their parents got home, gave them a sense of parental guidance and authority.

So, libraries were really like literate churches, churches of literacy, occupying spaces in communities that gave us a sense of who we were, not only in terms of its intellectual authority that was wielded by all of those books, but also because of the care and the concern of the librarians and the community for the young people, especially, and for the community at large.

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