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Book Recommendations
A service of the Connecticut State Library in partnership with your local library.

Are you looking for something to read? Here’s a list of free, online book recommendation and readers advisory services. Contact your local library for additional book recommendations.

American Indian / Alaskan Native Book List
American Indian Youth Literature Award (American Indian Library Association)
American Indians in Children's Literature – Best Books (Debbie Reese)
American Library Association Book, Print & Media Awards
American Library Association – Recommended Reading
Asian Pacific American Book List
Asian-Pacific American Librarians Association Award Winners
BookDigits - BookDigits uses themes and special metrics to rate books in order to help you find your next favorite book.
Bookish - Easy to navigate book recommendations.
BookSpot - Check out “What To Read” and “Genre Corner."
Caldecott Medal - Awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Edgars (Mystery Writers of America)
Fantastic Fiction - Sci Fi and more.
Fiction-L - Morton Grove Public Library's mailing list on reader's advisory issues.
GoodReads - Has the latest and newest titles, the best titles for book clubs, and a variety of reading recommendations for lovers of fiction and non-fiction.
Juvenile Series and Sequels - Over 28,000 books in 3,700 series titles that are classified into three audiences:
  • Juvenile Easy [JE] – for birth through 2nd grade readers
  • Juvenile [J] – for 2nd through 6th grade readers
  • Young Adult [YA] – for 6th through 12th grade readers
Kindred Works - An experimental recommender service that helps you discover books, movies and music similar to a sample work of your choice. Use Kindred Works by entering a title or ISBN in the search box or by selecting one of the samples on the page.
LibraryReads (The top ten books published each month that librarians across the country love.)
LibraryThing Book Suggester
Modern Library 100 Best
Mystery Readers Journal - Quarterly publication featuring mysteries on a theme.
National Book Awards (by genre)
National Book Critics Circle Awards
Newbery Medal - Awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
New York Times Bestsellers List
Nutmeg Book Award - Encourages children in grades 4-8 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles.
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Pulitzer Prizes - Honoring excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917.
Reader's Advisor Online - For reader's advisors and bibliophiles who work with readers.
Resources and Kid Lit About American Indians (Debbie Reese, School Library Journal)
Stop, You're Killing Me! - For lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books.
What’s Next - Kent District Library. Search by author, by series, or by genre. Great for its search functions, and is especially is good for finding book series.
What Should I Read Next? - Recommended by the American Library Association (ALA)/Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
Whichbook - Gives suggestions for leisure reading. Recommended by the ALA/RUSA
YALSA Book Awards and Booklists for Libraries (American Library Association/Young Adult Library Services Associaton)
YALSA's Teens' Top Ten (Young Adult Library Services Association)
Your Next Read - Has a few listings of book awards and New York Times best sellers of 2010.
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