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

Cindy: Almost 30 years ago, when I was a baby librarian—and not too many years after acquiring my college protest marching “No-Nukes” button—a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded and the news was full of the fallout. Today’s students may be fuzzy on the details, if they even know about this devastating accident. Rebecca Johnson will bring them up to speed with her book, Chernobyl’s Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone (2014).

While the book focuses on the radioactive wildlife and the research being...


Everybody wants them: the books that this year’s hot movies are based on. Movie buzz gives books a nice bump, so be ready for the next “new” thing. When you run short on stock, here’s what to display and recommend next. Leave your own recommendations in the comments section for a chance to win a free copy of The DUFF by Kody Keplinger!

  • A runaway hit at Sundance, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (based on the 2012 book by Jesse Andrews) seems poised to be the next breakout YA novel-based hit. They’re billing it as a less sappy version of The Fault in Our Stars but don...


The passing of the multi-talented actor and artist Nimoy has shocked fans who mourn the loss of the icon Mr. Spock. Nimoy reprises his Star Trek role on many audiobooks detailing the Star Trek world, narrates his biography I Am Spock (1995), and performs on spoken word recordings in the NPR series “Selected Shorts.” His voice will live long, and listeners will prosper.

Listen to Star Trek cast members in this full...

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Review of the Day

Smiley, Jane (author).
May 2015. 496p. Knopf, hardcover, $26.95 (9780307700322).
REVIEW. First published March 1, 2015 (Booklist).

Smiley continues the multigenerational, cross-country saga of the Iowa-rooted Langdon family she began in


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Authors on Libraries

Well, growing up in Richmond, Virginia, we would go to the library every weekend.  And I was able to check out far more than the limit because I had deals the librarians. You know, they knew which kids read books and which ones didn't. And I would go home with a stack and read them during the course of the week and take them back and you know, check another stack.

And I was able to see the world, in many respects, without ever leaving my hometown. And had a profound effect on me because if you make a reader earlier, I think you make a reader for life. That certainly was the case with me.

You walk into a room filled with books and to this day whenever I go into someone's home and they hava a bookcase, I walk over. You can learn...

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