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The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving, 2018

The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving, 2018

It’s always a headache shopping for certain people on your list, particularly when it comes to books. But we’re here to help—again—with an oddly specific gift guide. Check out our entries from last year if you need further suggestions!   For your nephew who wants a cat but his father (your brother) won’t let him get one because […]

Book Trailer Thursday: A 90-Second Newbery TALE OF DESPERAUX

For this Book Trailer Thursday, here’s something a little bit different. The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds—often with a weird twist. For instance, here’s a 90-Second Newbery of Kate DiCamillo’s 2004 Newbery […]

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4 Books for Adoptive Families (& Those Who Love Them)

4 Books for Adoptive Families (& Those Who Love Them)

Adoption is a key theme in Nicole Baart’s latest novel, You Were Always Mine (Atria, October 2018)—perhaps unsurprisingly, given her own family has grown through adoption. Nicole is the mother of five children from four countries and co-founder of the nonprofit One Body One Hope. She is also the author of eight previous novels, including […]

LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites 2018

LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites 2018

This morning, LibraryReads announced its top selections from 2018! Check out the 10 titles below, all linked to their Booklist reviews. Remember, any public library staff member can nominate a book—vote for your favorite titles today! (Favorite of) Favorite of Favorites Educated, by Tara Westover   Top 10 An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones Circe, by Madeline Miller […]

Funny Books about Religion (Now with 50% More Hilarity!)

Funny Books about Religion (Now with 50% More Hilarity!)

  With the November 15 issue of Booklist, our Spotlight on Religion, in the mail, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit Booklist Executive Editor Keir Graff’s 2012 list, “When Religion IS a Laughing Matter: Funny Books about People Who Believe and the Things They Believe In.” We’ve added 8 titles to the […]

Cover Trend Alert: A Bird’s-Eye View

Cover Trend Alert: A Bird’s-Eye View

Bird’s-eye views of towns and suburbs! Surely we can’t trace the inspiration for this cover design to the introductory credits of Weeds (2005) . . . or can we?? Listed below in order of publication, here are links to the Booklist reviews of each title along with a brief suggestion of how the content of […]

A New Book for Daniel Kraus; Tiny Books for John Green

A New Book for Daniel Kraus; Tiny Books for John Green

Former Booklisters just can’t stop making news! On Monday, we received an announcement that former Books for Youth Editor Daniel Kraus (coauthor of The Shape of Water and solo author of  many more) will have a new book out next Halloween with Hard Case Crime—and it sounds like a doozy! We can’t wait to read […]

John Green Launches a Book Club

John Green Launches a Book Club

In book-world news, Booklist alumnus and all-around good guy John Green has started a book club (in conjunction with his friend and colleague Rosianna Halse Rojas), called Life’s Library. The difference between it and other celebrity book clubs? All the proceeds from this one go to a charity called Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit […]

Publishing U: Tackling Tough Topics in YA

Publishing U: Tackling Tough Topics in YA

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts! In this installment of our Publishing U series, Amy Giles, author of the YA novel That Night, asks what, exactly, constitutes a controversial topic in YA and argues that the most challenging subjects can spark the most necessary conversations. A […]

Reviews of the Week, with Haruki Murakami, Joshua Rivkin, Carole Boston Weatherford, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Haruki Murakami, Joshua Rivkin, Carole Boston Weatherford, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from October 15–19 below.   Monday, October 15  Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakami For Murakami, the journey to connecting often begins in a hole in the […]

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