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

What kind of adulthood would you have imagined for Huck Finn?

Coover brilliantly envisions what comes next when Huckleberry Finn lights out for the territories. After leaving St. Petersburg with Tom Sawyer, he hits the high and low points of the Wild West Zelig-like, riding for the Pony Express, witnessing the mass hanging of 38 Dakota men, wrangling horses for a Custer-like general, getting snakebit, becoming an “ornerary Lakota Sioux,” and pitching up in the Black Hills just before the Gold Rush. Coover nails Mark Twain’s tone and voice (including the hilarious malapropisms) but, more than that, evokes the deadpan dark humor and social commentary that made Huck’s Adventures infinitely superior to Tom’s.

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With WorldCat as your Watson, there’s no need for Sherlockian skills in the oft-frustrating search for audio editions.

Consumers, as well as students and library patrons, often turn to large online vendors like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to see if a title is available in audio format, but these sites don’t provide a complete picture. How could they? Some audiobooks come out as both retail and library editions—often through different companies, with different narrators, and as abridged and unabridged versions. Searching one particular online vendor might yield just one edition of a given audiobook—or none at all. Many titles are released as digital-only products; often, Amazon...

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Our reader this month: Biz Hyzy. She started out as a Booklist intern in 2014, then joined as an editorial assistant to the Adult Books and Audio departments in 2015. Her day-to-day duties include tracking the reviewing process, compiling newsletters, and—most importantly—calling dibs on the most appealing galleys she sees in the mail.

What do you do when you’re not at Booklist?

I daydream. A lot. I also swing dance!

On what are you an expert?

I’m confident in my abilities to recite the lyrics from ‘90s animated Disney movies, including obscure songs like, “I 2 I,” and “...

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American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced January 23!
Do these stories remind you of something in your life, your community, your history? #Sharethestory
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Review of the Day


Lord, Emery (author).
May 2017. 400p. Bloomsbury, hardcover, $17.99 (9781619639584). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published January 1, 2017 (Booklist).

Life has a certain stability for Lucy, a rising high-school senior, swim-team captain, and preacher’s kid. She’s especially close with her parents, a side effect of her mother’s cancer, which has been in remission for years. Summer arrives along with disaster: her mom’s cancer returns. Lucy begins to lose her faith in God, her long-time boyfriend puts their relationship on hold, and her mother asks her to work as a counselor—not at their family’s church camp, but at Daybreak, a nearby camp for troubled kids. Initially resistant, Lucy...

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Authors on Libraries

Libraries are extremely important. I still owe some library fines for books I have out -- gotta admit it right here on camera -- in Detroit. So they probably added up to a 1.7 million dollar now fine. But I'm grateful, and I'll try to pay it, because libraries have been extraordinarily important to me. And I love to, you know, inhale the the actual papyrus. I love the physical book. I don't want to be a Luddite. I don't mind your Kindle, if you want to start some fires, but in terms of, you know, the physical text 186.7. I like going there. That's not a... young people, that's not the call letter for a radio station of your favorite music, that is where we organize knowledge according to discipline. And those libraries are extremely important...

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