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

Hold the phone, audiophiles: we just received a very exciting press release!

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced Audie Award® finalists for Audiobook of the Year and for Excellence in Design, Excellence in Marketing, and Excellence in Production. The winners of the Excellence Awards will be announced at the Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC) on May 30, 2018, in New York. The winner of the Audiobook of the Year will be announced at the Audie Awards® Gala on May 31, 2018, at the New-York Historical Society in New York City. . . Additional information can be found online at




We all deserve a good romcom. Luckily, Love, Simon, the hotly anticipated movie based on Becky Albertalli’s well-loved YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, is now in theaters. The film’s marketing went all-in on the coming out angle, as Simon is the first big teen romcom with a gay lead, but front-and-center queerness isn’t the book’s only selling point: Simon’s strength also lies in its exploration of identity and friendship, as well as the complexity of theater kid Simon’s decision to come out.

If you need a post-movie fix,...


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Russell Freedman has died. Born in San Francisco on October 11, 1929, he was 88 years old.

The author of some 50 distinguished works of nonfiction for young readers, Freedman grew up surrounded by books and discussions about them. In a 2007 interview with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Freedman recalled his literary childhood. “Being a voracious and...

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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...