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: I am beset by my annual dilemma. Should I leap happily into reading the tempting new books rolling out in the new publishing year, or grab a last few inviting but unread stories from last year’s to-read stack? ACK! I can’t bear to leave books behind so I always end up trying to do both and that is just where I am again. So start your year like I have, with something new and something, well, not so new.

The Charmed Castle of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

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Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from January 25–29 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.

Monday January 25



Lynn: Funny how things change! The last two years have brought record-breaking winters here in Michigan and all that we snowbound people wanted last year was an early spring. As I write this year, it’s 45 degrees with dense fog and misty rain. Ugh—I think I prefer snow! Will the groundhog help me out? That question is the subject of a charming, funny book by Kristen Remenar: Groundhog’s Dilemma (2016).

Groundhog's Dilemma by Kristen RemenarGroundhog’s friends are lobbying him to choose their preference when he makes his big...

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Review of the Day

Buckley, Gail Lumet (author).
Feb. 2016. 352p. Atlantic Monthly, hardcover, $26 (9780802124548); e-book, $26 (9780802190697). 973.
REVIEW. First published February 1, 2016 (Booklist). Although it was illegal to teach a slave to read and write, Dr. Andrew Bonaparte Calhoun wanted a “sophisticated” butler, and so Moses Calhoun, Buckley’s great-great-grandfather, became literate and, upon emancipation, a highly successful Atlanta businessman. Lacing her assiduously researched and gracefully written family history into the very fabric of the Republic, Buckley captures the brief sense of possibility for African Americans after the Civil War and the vicious backlash that spawned the Ku Klux Klan...

Authors on Libraries

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born Dutch-American human rights activist, author, and former politician.  She was the 2015 Arthur Curley Memorial lecturer at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. We spoke with her about the importance of libraries.

She was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. She is currently a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


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