Find Your Next Read
Librarians have compiled lists of some of our favorite sites for finding books to add to our reading lists. But we also love to give personalized recommendations. You're always welcome to ask a librarian at the Help Desk for suggestions; however, you can also complete the form under "Ask a Librarian" below. Remember, the more information you give us to work with, the better.
- Pulitzer Prizes - Annual prizes awarded for journalism, fiction, drama, history, biography, general nonfiction, and music.
- National Book Awards - Annual awards presented by the National Book Foundation for the best American fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people's literature.
- The Booker Prizes - Literary awards for single works of fiction published in the UK in English.
- Nobel Prize in Literature - Awarded in recognition of an author's complete body of work.
- PEN America - Honoring American literature across diverse genres including fiction, poetry, science, essays, sports, biography, children's literature, and drama.
- Sequoyah - Given each year to books voted on by Oklahoma students.
- Oklahoma Book Awards - Given each year in fiction, nonfiction, children/young adult, design/illustration/photography, and poetry categories for works written by an Oklahoman or about Oklahoma.
- Caldecott Medal - Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, it is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for kids.
- Newbery Medal - Named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery, it is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
- Coretta Scott King Award - Awarded annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
- All ALSC Awards - Browse all of the award-winning books recognized by the Association for Library Service to Children.
- Michael L. Printz - Given for literary excellence in young adult literature by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.
- Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults - Honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov.1 - Oct. 31 publishing year.
- Alex Awards - Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
- Teens' Top Ten - A "teen choice" list with titles nominated and voted on by teens every year. The effort is coordinated annually by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
- All YALSA Awards - Browse all of the award-winning books recognized by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
- Edgar - The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, or the Edgars, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America to honor the best in mystery.
- The RITA - The highest award of distinction in romance fiction recognizing excellence in published romance novels and novellas presented annually by the Romance Writers of America.
- Christy - Honoring and promoting excellence in Christian fiction.
- Hugo - Science fiction's most prestigious award voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention or Worldcon.
- Eisner - The biggest yearly awards for the comics industry named after the graphic storyteller, Will Eisner.
- Bram Stoker - Presented annually by the Horror Writers Association for superior achievement in dark fantasy and horror writing.
- Kent District Library's What's Next? - This database is a librarian favorite that lets you search for books by an author's name, series title, individual title, etc. It gives a lot of starting points that can help if you don't remember all of the details. They also provide print-friendly lists.
- Fantastic Fiction - An extensive database that allows you to find the order of a series as well as similar books. There are several ways to browse through the books to find series information.
- Juvenile Series and Sequels - A database from Mid-Continent Public Library containing over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles.
- Whichbook - Allows readers to search for suggestions by mood, length, emotion, character specifics, etc.
- Likewise - Search via the web or use an app to find recommendations for books, TV, music, podcasts, and more. A free account is required.
- Who Writes Like - A site from a New Zealand library that gives you new author suggestions based on which authors you already love.
- What Should I Read Next? - Type in an author or title to get suggestions for similar books.
- BookBrowse - Search for readalikes by title or author.
- Gnooks - A self-adapting system that asks users which authors they already like to suggest literature they may not know about.
- Genrify Blender - Choose two or more genres, then blend to get a list of titles that contain those genres.
- Goodreads - One of the largest sites for finding booklists and recommendations.
- Literary Hub - A site for all things literary culture - news, ideas, features, and more. The Bookmarks feature has lists of buzzy books including the best-reviewed, by genre, latest releases, and more. They also compile an annual Ultimate Best Books of the Year List.
- Book Riot - The largest independent editorial book site in North America and the home to articles, booklists, podcasts, newsletters, etc.
- Library Reads - A monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and nonfiction.
- Books We Love - Curated by NPR, you can find lists by genre, topic, age group, and even length.
- Modern Library Board's Top Novels - The Modern Library's board is made up of authors, historians, critics, and publishers to vote on the 100 best novels and nonfiction works.
- Modern Library Board's Top Nonfiction - The Modern Library's board is made up of authors, historians, critics, and publishers to vote on the 100 best novels and nonfiction works.