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

It never fails. When I have a lot of books to assign for review, I make the same mistake again and again. Sorting through the piles of books on my desk and on my floor and on every other available surface in my office, I invariably wind up throwing far too many galleys into a new pile of titles I want to review myself. I really should know better, but I don’t. Oddly, I’m especially likely to succumb to this form of literary gluttony after I’ve just finished editing our annual Mystery Showcase issue, the 2016 edition of which was dispatched to the printer yesterday. You would think that after completing that Herculean task, I would be ready for a break, eager to do a little binge watching of The Americans or my latest passion, ...


Unless you’re serving consecutive life sentences for a crime you committed in frontier days, you’re probably aware that, each May, we at Booklist like to celebrate all things crime fiction with a hootenanny we call Mystery Month.

Mysteries to Die ForThe festivities won’t officially get underway until Monday, May 2, but that doesn’t mean the game isn’t already afoot. Tomorrow, copies of the May 1 issue of Booklist, our Mystery Showcase, will be mailed to subscribers just as the...


The International Book Club reads books by international authors, although they occasionally throw in an American title if the book has an international theme. These lovely ladies enjoy meeting at a local wine bar in sunny Lakeland Florida, where they enjoy drinking as they discuss. All members actively contribute book recommendations.


NAtional Readathon DAy, Saturday, May 21, 2016, #Readathon2016, Celebrate reading and help raise funds for early literacy
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Review of the Day

White, Kiersten (author).
June 2016. 496p. Delacorte, hardcover, $18.99 (9780553522310); Delacorte, library edition, $21.99 (9780553522327); Delacorte, e-book, $18.99 (9780553522334). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published May 1, 2016 (Booklist).

Lada and Radu, adolescent daughter and son of Wallachian Prince Vlad Dracul, are hostages held by the Ottoman Empire to assure their father’s cooperation with the Turks. Radu settles in and builds a life over time, while prickly Lada continues to dream of home. The Sultan’s son, Mehmed, soon claims them as companions, and the three grow up together planning for his time on the empire’s throne. This historical-romance trilogy opener is an...


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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