ALA Recommended Reading | ALA Library Fact Sheet 23

ALA Recommended Reading

ALA Library Fact Sheet 23

List of links to ALA’s literature award winners and various notable reading lists for all ages, sorted by age group.

General Lists (across two or more age groups; includes lists for tweens) | For Children | For Young Adults/Teens | For Adults | Reference Books (for children, teens, and adults) | For Librarians, Readers’ Advisory |

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This page is compiled by the ALA Library. Please send any needed corrections to Valerie Hawkins of ALA’s Library.

For a list of upcoming event dates, see ALA’s Celebration Weeks & Promotional Events 2015.

The ALA Online Store at supports the reading events and programs listed here – including Banned Books Week, Born to Read, National Library Week, Teen Read Week – with event posters and matching bookmarks, along with our popular celebrity READ posters and matching bookmarks, and with various other items, including banners, pens, and t-shirts.

The ALA Online Store also has available for purchase:

YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association) 2014 Reads 4 Teens Recommended Reading for Teen Patrons—digital download

Outstanding Books for the College Bound—digital download

See summer reading resources at ALA Library Fact Sheet 17 – Library Summer Reading Programs.

Go directly to the reading lists by ALSC, YALSA, and RUSA.

The ALA Library has collected reading lists of books about libraries and librarians.

via ALA Recommended Reading | Professional Tools.

Click on the link above to access ALA’s rich list of reading lists. My only knock on this resource is that a quick look at a number of the lists is that aside from lists compiled by the ALA Library and Booklist, reading lists weren’t hotlinked to finding aids such as When you see a book list on Amazon, GoodReads or, you can be taken a source for that book. But on what seems to be the majority of ALA unit created book lists, it’s just words on a page like the internet never happened. While the user could copy and paste the titles and authors into a search engine, they shouldn’t have to.

We can and should do better. I just don’t know where to start with the ALA labyrinth.

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