The Latest Booklist: ALA’s 2020 Best Lists

The newest issue of Booklist, featuring ALA’s 2020 Best Lists, is now live! In it, you’ll find the best adult books from the Notable Books Council, the 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, which showcases outstanding audio narration, this year’s list of amazing audiobooks for young adults, and the CODES List of the year’s most recommended cookbooks from the Reference and User Services Association. You’ll also see the Rainbow List of LGBTQ+ books for youth as well as significant, authentic LGBTQ+ content from the 2020 Over the Rainbow Project. Then there’s a list of recommended feminist books, fiction and nonfiction, for young readers from Rise: A Feminist Book Project; the best fiction for young adults from the Young Adult Library Services Association; the Top 10 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers; the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens; and the Alex Awards list for good measure.

Speaking of awards, Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith sat down with A. S. King, author of this year’s Printz-winning novel, Dig. And we’ve made room for the Odyssey Award and Honors titles too.

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 wordless picture books and the latest Carte Blanche, in which Michael Cart contemplates a makeover for the Caldecott Award. Finally, wrapping up this abundant issue is a Spring Travel Guide Roundup from Adult Books associate editor Annie Bostrom.

The March 15 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new features and articles, along with 242 new reviews. 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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