For Book Lovers

Library users are passionate readers and we’ve got resources for all varieties of booklovers.

Recommended Reading

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.

ALA 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.

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.

Banned and Challenged Books

ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.  Learn more about banned books.

Booklist Reader

The following books, published this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!

Adult Fiction

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman

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Oh hey, webinar watchers! It’s been a while. But we’re officially back from our hectic Annual Conference-induced webinar hiatus—and just in time for Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages. In addition to generous partnerships with sponsors and libraries across the country, exclusive author/illustrator interviews, and a whole graphic novels-themed mini issue, we’re also boosting the #ReadGraphic signal via webinars—two of them, to be exact! You’ll find a link to the recording from yesterday’s program,...

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Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or in high demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight.

A necessary graphic memoir about the forced internment of Japanese Americans during WWII; the artful journey of two runaways for a safe place to call home; the surreal adventures of exiled animals forced to make it in today’s urban landscape; the long-awaited fiction debut from an important voice in...

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Book Club Central - ALA's new resource for book-group leaders and readers, including  book picks from Sarah Jessica Parker.
2019 ALA Youth Media Award winners announced January 28!
Booklist Reader:Opinion, news and lists from the book people