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 2017 Global Read Aloud kicked off yesterday, and I’m here to help.

Author and educator Pernille Ripp founded the program as a way to connect students and teachers from different locales around the topics of books. (Think One Book One School or One Book One City, but on a global scale.) Each year, Ripp creates a short list of picture- and chapter books, and participants vote on the final choice. Once a decision is made, Ripp provides suggestions on how participating schools can communicate with one another—think platforms like Skype or...


Earlier this morning, the National Book Foundation announced its 2017 finalists. Find them below, listed by category and linked to their Booklist reviews when available. For those of you not attending the awards ceremony, don’t forget to join us on Twitter the evening of November 15 as Booklist Reader editor Eugenia Williamson live-tweets the whole shabang in real time.



Dark at the Crossing...


Lynn: Every now and then, a book comes along that makes us want to cheer and wave wildly. Picture us doing that right now for Her Right Foot (2017), by Dave Eggers. Full of fascinating facts about the iconic Statue of Liberty, it tells us the statue turned green around 1920, and that it was shipped to the U. S. from France in 214 boxes. Did you know that the statue was first assembled in France and stood over Paris for about a year? That once, a group of writers ate lunch in the space just below her  knee? “This is true,” Eggers assures us. “This is a factual book.”


Book Club Central - ALA's new resource for book-group leaders and readers, including  book picks from Sarah Jessica Parker.
Booklist Reader:Opinion, news and lists from the book people
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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...