The Latest Booklist: ALA’s 2021 Best Lists

The newest issue of Booklist, featuring ALA’s 2021 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 2021 Over the Rainbow committee. 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 associate editor Ronny Khuri sits down with Daniel Nayeri, author of this year’s Printz-winning novel, Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story). 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 outstanding collage picture books and a read-alikes inspired by the delightful picture book Laxmi’s Mooch by Shelly Anand and illustrated by Nabi H. Ali. Also in this packed issue, the latest Carte Blanche features an interview with Grant Farley author of the starred reviewed debut Bones of a Saint. Wrapping things up is the annual Spring Travel Guide from Adult Books associate editor Annie Bostrom and some video suggestions from Media editor Heather Booth.

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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