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

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

Angie Thomas’s debut, The Hate U Give, was released last week after much anticipation; with a movie in the works, the popularity of this already-popular novel will only continue to grow. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas tackles important issues. Thanks to the trailer, we get to learn more about the author behind the #1 New York Times Bestseller as she tells us seven fun facts about herself, including a snippet of a rap that will be used in her next book. Michael Cart, in his starred Booklist review...

READ MORE

Cindy: More snow. It’s for the birds, but at least it’s given me the opportunity to sneak in another snowy book as we look toward spring. Best in Snow (2017), by April Pulley Sayre, contains stunning photos of snowflakes and icicles. Various other forms of snow—from crusty to slushy—show the cycles of changing winter weather. Birds flock to feeders or rest on branches protected from the cold, drifting flakes by their layers of feathers. This is a gorgeous, informative book for classroom seasons and weather units, storytime, or individual enjoyment.

...

READ MORE

Yesterday, the National Book Critics Circle announced their 2017 award winners. Here they are, linked to their Booklist reviews. To read an interview with Matthew Desmond, who won this year’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, click here. For a full list of this year’s finalists, click...

READ MORE
American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced!
Do these stories remind you of something in your life, your community, your history? #Sharethestory
Well Read logo

Review of the Day


Strout, Elizabeth (author).
Apr. 2017. 272p. Random, hardcover, $27 (9780812989403).
REVIEW. First published March 15, 2017 (Booklist). In this collection of short stories centered in and near the fictional town of Amgash, Illinois, last visited in
READ MORE

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...

READ MORE
Well Read logo