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

The summer may have faded, but love springs eternal here at Booklist. As we introduce the latest installment of our long-running annual spotlight on romance, we begin the second year of our new tradition: #SeptemberRomance. For the next two weeks, The Booklist Reader will delight all your senses with daily romance injections: interviews with famous romance novelists, essays about romance classics, and more! Subscribe to our daily updates to get these love notes delivered straight to your inbox.


Lynn: Sentient pigs, Ludwig II, hot air balloons, and steampunk may sound like unusual elements for a graphic novel, but the results are high-flying fun for middle-school readers! Take a look.

Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 (2017) by Alex Alice is a gorgeous, action-packed adventure with enough gadgets to make Jules Verne proud. A year after Seraphim’s mother disappears during a scientific expedition, he receives a mysterious letter. Whomever sent it claims they have recovered his mother’s logbooks and summons Seraphim and his father to Swan’s...


The Brooklyn Public Library has announced the shortlist for its annual literary prize. Awarded to one work of fiction and one work of nonfiction, the prize, according to the organizers, “recognizes works that question established ways of thinking and advance Brooklyn Public Library’s mission of bringing together the borough’s diverse communities to explore urgent social, political, and artistic issues.”  To follow is the shortlist, with titles linked to their Booklist reviews when available. Visit the Brooklyn Public Library website for more information.

Fiction and Poetry


ALA Book Club Central launches June 24. Visit and sign up to receive emails with the latest book club resources and and book picks from Sarah Jessica Parker.
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American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced!

Review of the Day

Beattie, Ann (author).
June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2017 (Booklist). Accomplished short story writer Beattie (

Authors on Libraries

We spoke with YA author Scott Westerfeld at the American Library Association 2017 Midwinter Meeting. Here's what he had to say about libraries:

I think every community winds up with the library the need.

That's one of the great things about what librarians do is they adapt to what, you know, what that neighborhood needs,  what that community needs.  There are some places where libraries become social service networks. There are some places where they're job placement centers.  There are some places where they're, you know, for some children they're a way to escape from what what that neighborhood is like, and to to escape from, you know, from their parents...