Readers Resources

Adult Readers

  • Backlist - News and lists of read-alikes and older books by genre from the book people at Booklist.
  • Book Browse - Reviews, previews, "behind the book" backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.
  • Book Marks - Book reviews and ratings.
  • Book Page -  Reviews, interviews and feature articles
  • Book Reporter - Book lovers share editorials about books and authors
  • Bookish - Book reviews, genre lists, author interviews, and more.
  • Booklist - Reviews for public and school librarians
  • BookSpot - A readers' discovery database
  • Bookwire - Browse new books, forthcoming titles, recommendations and lists by subject.
  • Goodreads - Members share their reading lists and book reviews
  • Kirkus Book Reviews -  Explore lists of best reads, best sellers, pre-publication, and more. 
  • Library Reads - Monthly recommendations from librarians nation wide.
  • LibraryThing - Connect to people with similar reading tastes. 
  • LitLovers - Book club books and reading guides
  • New York Times - Best sellers, reviews, and more
  • Novelist - Your search in the Merlin catalog will display lists of similar titles, ordered lists of other titles in the series, lists of similar series, reading levels, ratings, award winners, featured articles, reviews, reading guides, and more.
  • NPR Books - Recommendations and news about books and authors
  • Publishers Weekly - Best Sellers, book reviews, children's books
  • Wisconsin Public Library Book Club Collection - Request a book club kit (Excel file) with multiple titles for your book group. Many kits include reading guides. Over 1200 titles are included on the list.

Young Readers

  • ALSC Book and Media Award Winners - Including the Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Wilder, Carnegie, Batchelder, Belpré, Geisel, and Odyssey awards.
  • Children's Literature Web Guide - An exhaustive resource for children's books, including recommended titles for children and young adults, awards, lists of movies and television shows based on children's books, and much, much more.
  • Children's Notable Lists - Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, and videos.
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center - Children's book award rosters and information on discussions, lectures and workshops on children's and young adults books.
  • NoveList -  Sections for teens, ages 9-12, and ages 0-8 include information on read-alikes, award winners, book discussion guides.
  • Teen Book Awards and Recommendations - Recommendations from the Young Adult Library Services Association. 

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