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

Lynn: Folk and fairy-tale twists are hugely popular in our neck of the woods, as are strong female protagonists who take care of business without some male hero stepping in. Kara Connolly’s arrow-strewn No Good Deed  (2017) is just the perfect fit!

Ellie Hudson, a top-ranked U.S. archer, has traveled to Nottingham for qualifying trials for the upcoming Olympics. Ellie is under a lot of pressure so when she stops a match,...


For decades, I read almost no nonfiction. Although I was tempted occasionally, it was always a slog. Then I discovered audiobooks, and they opened up a whole new world world. Now, when I check out ALA’s Notable Books or Carnegie medalists, I’m more likely to have read the nonfiction than the fiction titles. The audiobook industry is exploding—you’ll find almost all popular titles, nonfiction and otherwise, on audio—so now is the perfect time to explore the pleasures of nonfiction.

Mary Beard’s entertaining and informative...


In Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown, Billie Flanagan finds trips to the wilderness of Northern California to be a welcome reprieve from Berkeley motherhood. After Billie vanishes while hiking alone, leaving only a destroyed cell phone and a hiking boot, her heartbroken husband and teenage daughter must come to terms with her presumed death. A year later, daughter Olive has visions of Billie that lead her to suspect that her mother is still alive, so she and her father strive to uncover the tangled truth about Billie’s past and her unsolved disappearance.

“This brilliantly layered novel is full of...

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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...