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Looking for something to read?  Searching for a book that reads like the last great one you read? Want to know who the latest  award winners are for adult and children’s books?  Look no further than this page–we have lists and links to lists and tools to help you find the next great read, and if you’re looking for something and you don’t see it here, let us know!

For a suggested reading list for the middle school level from the educational publisher Pearson Prentice Hall, click here.

For a suggested reading list for the high school level from the same publisher, click here.

For help finding the next book that reads like your favorite book or author, try What Should I Read Next?, a website that offers book suggestions from other readers; all you have to do is type in the book title or the author for which you want read-alike suggestions.  Or you can try The Book Seer.  Literature-Map allows the user to type in an author name to produce a map of similar authors; the user can then click on any author in the map to produce more suggestions.  Your Next Read is another tool that produces maps by author, title, or genre search.  A resource now available through POWER Library is Gale’s Books and Authors, powered by its What Do I Read Next? series; users of every reading level will find something at this resource where you can browse or search by title or author; view expert picks and award winners; and so much more! [Book and Authors requires your library barcode number for remote access.]

Another great tool for reading suggestions is Good Reads; you can search by title, author, or ISBN; browse by genre, take quizzes, and connect with other readers with similar reading tastes.  Sign up for a free account to track your reading, submit reviews, rate books, and keep a to-read list.

Search the database at Fiction DB for series titles, information on when your favorite author will release their newest title, and so much more.  Signing up for a free account gives you access to the site’s book discovery tool and allows you to track your reading.

If your book club is looking for resources or title suggestions or if you’re looking for a book club to join, then try Book Club Central, powered by the American Library Association.  You can also find guidance for establishing and leading your own book club!

The National Book Awards are given in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.  For a list of winners and finalists in all genres, please click here.  To view lists from previous years, scroll your mouse over ‘Awards’ in the navigation links, then hover it over ‘Winners & Finalists’ for links to previous years’ lists.  Please note that the link will take you to the official website of the National Book Foundation, the presenter of the National Book Awards.

The Pulitzer Prizes are awarded in journalism as well as in other genres, including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography and others.  Please click here to go to the official website of the Pulitzer Prizes to view lists of the current and past winners.

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded since 1901.  For a list of all past winners of this prize, please click here.  Note that this link will take you to the official website of the Nobel Prize.

The Man Booker Prize is awarded to “the best novel [written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland] in the opinion of the judges.”  For a list of current and past winners and finalists, please click here to go to the official website of the Man Booker Prize.

For a list of the winners and honor recipients of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, please click here.  Note that this link takes you off of the library’s website and to the online home of the American Library Association.

For the list of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winners and honors, please click here.  Note that this link takes you off of the library’s website and to the online home of the American Library Association.

For the list of Caldecott Medal and Honor winners, please click here.  Please note that this link will take you off of the library’s website and to the website of the American Library Association.

For the list of Newbury Medal and Honor winners, please click here.  Please note that this also links to the American Library Association website.  You will also find links to the lists of other literary awards recipients on this page and the page for the Caldecott winners.

The Young Adult Library Services Association has launched a Teen Book Finder database that allows the user to search by title, author, genre, and make customizable, printable lists.  The user can also browse by award, author, genre, and year.  If you’re looking for the Michael L. Printz Award recipients as well as other award winners including the Alex Awards which honors ten adult books with special appeal to teens, you can find them in the database.  The database is also available as a mobile app for android and Apple devices that you can download to your phone to take with you wherever you go.

Matthews Public Library will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018, in observance of Labor Day.