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

This week on Well Read, former Maryland state legislator Mark K. Shriver (son of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver) will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest work of historical nonfiction, Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis (2016), released November 29. In it, Shriver yearns “for a church he could believe in again,” and finds faith, through a series of interviews with “friends, teachers, and many . . . Jesuits,” in the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. In the video clip above, Shriver discusses his fateful “non-...


This year’s pool of Oscar nominees is notably diverse. “In a sharp contrast to the previous two years, when the academy put forward all-white rosters of acting nominees, voters chose the largest number of black candidates ever,” the Times reports, including six films and a record number of black actors and filmmakers.

Two of the Best Picture-nominees in question are based on outstanding works of literature. To follow is a list of books by and about African Americans and the...


And so it goes. Everyone is devastated over Alice’s death, none more so than Quentin. And the whole episode feels both full of anticipation and a little deflated, due to the Beast’s death and the disappearance of Reynaud. Now the real adulting begins. Fillory might be a fantasy world, but it’s not always fantastic. The bad things that haunted the kids on Earth and at Brakebills are not absent from the magical world of Fillory. Sometimes, getting what you wished for is the worst thing.

Julia is still relegated to side quests as she furiously pursues Reynaud. She’s not done with him by a long shot, so she enlists an unexpected assistant: Kady. Kady knows how to get into Brakebills, where a book will help them...

American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced!
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Review of the Day

Ford, Richard (author).
May 2017. 192p. illus. Ecco, hardcover, $25.99 (9780062661883). 813.
REVIEW. First published February 15, 2017 (Booklist). Clearly Ford (

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...

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