The Latest Booklist: ALA’s 2019 Best Lists

The newest issue of Booklist, featuring ALA’s Best Lists of 2019, is now live! In it, you’ll find a list of the top 10 adult books, which exhibit commendable literary quality; you’ll also see significant, authentic LGBT content from the 2019 Over the Rainbow Project and the Rainbow List of LGBT books for youth. Then there’s a list of recommended feminist books, fiction and nonfiction, for young readers from the Amelia Bloomer Project; the best fiction for young adults from the Young Adult Library Services Association; a top 10 Quick Picks for reluctant readers; a top 10 graphic novels for teens; and the Alex Awards list for good measure. And that’s not all! We also cover the best adult books from the Notable Books Council, the year’s most notable children’s books from the Association for Library Service to Children, the best adult genre fiction from the Reading List Council, the Listen List of outstanding audio narration, this year’s list of amazing audiobooks for young adults, and a CODES Core List of the year’s most recommended cookbooks from the Reference and User Services Association.

Speaking of awards, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Award. To celebrate, Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter posed three questions to library professionals about the impact of this inspirational honor. And to discuss this year’s Printz Award, Books for Youth associate editor Maggie Reagan sat down with Elizabeth Acevedo, author of this year’s Printz-winning novel, The Poet X.

The March 15 issue also includes our annual Spotlight on Picture Books. This special section features a top 10 list of the year’s best picture books about feelings, an interview with three Coretta Scott King illustrator honorees about the current state of the picture book , and an engaging essay from audio editor Heather Booth about the benefits of reading picture books while listening to their audio adaptations. Wrapping up our regular features in this chock-full issue is Adult Books associate editor Annie Bostrom’s Spring Travel Guide Roundup and contributor Michael Cart’s Carte Blanche, which you can read on the road.

You’ll find all of these new feature articles and lists, along with 234 new reviews, live on Booklist Online. Most articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care of that today!

You can also find the complete magazine online! Booklist’s digital edition of the March 15 issue is also live. It’s a great way to explore the magazine from your iPhone, iPad, tablet, Samsung Galaxy, or any other internet-connected device. With the digital issue, subscribers will now get print, online, digital, and archival access to the 22 Booklist and four Book Links issues each year! Visit



About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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