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. 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 August 17–21 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.

Monday, August 17

Simon vs. the Homo...


Rosario's Fig TreeCindy: Our summer fun blog series is wrapping up even though we are not ready, but harvest season is right around the corner along with the start of school. (Some of you started a week or more ago . . . ACK!) I have read Rosario’s Fig Tree (2015) a...


From this summer’s blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton to last season’s must-see TV hit Empire, hip-hop is pop culture’s hottest playlist right now. Turn your readers on to these beats-based books.



And It Don’t Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years, by Raquel Cepeda

Beats, Rhymes, & Life: What We Love and...

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Review of the Day

Ehrlin, Carl-Johan Forssen (author). Illustrated by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin.
Oct. 2015. 32p. Crown, hardcover, $15.99 (9780399554131). PreS-Grade 1.
REVIEW. First published September 9, 2015 (Booklist Online). It makes sense that the biggest originally self-published best-seller since 50 Shades of Grey appeals to that other inescapable adult human drive: to get kids to conk out. But Adam Mansbach’s

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Authors on Libraries

Cece Bell is author of the highly acclaimed graphic memoir, "El Deafo," which chronicles her hearing loss and subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.  We spoke with her about the importance of libraries during her appearance at the American Library Association's  2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. "El Deafo" was named as  a 2014 Newbery Honor book.


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