NYPL Recommendations

A listing of book lists created just for you by our librarians. Also check out our regular Staff Picks, and subscribe to the Biblio File blog and biweekly podcast.

2019 Winners: Carnegie & Notable Book Awards

The American Library Association announced the winners of their prestigious 2019 Carnegie and Notable Books at the Midwinter meeting in Seattle.

2019 Winners: Newbery, Caldecott, King, Printz & More

The American Library Association announced the winners of their prestigious 2019 Youth Media Awards at the Midwinter meeting in Seattle.

Where to Start with Edgar Allan Poe

Best known for his dark tales of horror, psychological terror, and madness, Poe’s own life was marked by both internal and external tragedies that undoubtedly shaped his work.

Where to Start with Werewolves: Super Blood Wolf Moon Edition!

With the upcoming Super Blood Wolf Moon, we’ve put together a list of recommendations based on, you guessed it, our favorite supernatural wolf-creature: the werewolf!

Manga Monday Picks: Shonen Jump Classics

If you didn't make it to our first Manga Monday meeting (the 1st Monday of each month), here are the fantastic manga recommendations from staff and patrons, including a unanimous must-read choice for every manga fan!

A Beginner's Guide to Science Fiction

Have you ever wanted to travel the galaxies, meet dinosaurs, or delve into the depths of the sea all without leaving your home? Then we’ve got the books for you!

A Beginner's Guide to Manga

Want to start reading manga? You've come to the right place. We've defined five major categories of this Japanese-based comic book art, and offer reading recommendations available in the NYPL catalog. Check it out!

NYPL Top Checkouts of 2018

Every year we compile The New York Public Library's top 10 checkouts, both system-wide and for each of our three boroughs: The Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan. Here are the books that readers checked out the most in 2018.

Where to Start with Shirley Jackson

A master of Gothic mystery and horror, Shirley Jackson’s novels and short stories still resonate with readers.

Hip, Hip, Hooray for National Princess Day! Picture Book Edition

In the spirit of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic, A Little Princess, and National Princess Day, check our list of recommended picture books for all young princesses-in-training!

Hip, Hip, Hooray for National Princess Day! Chapter Book Edition

Celebrate your own princesses-in-training on November 18, with our selection of books about kind, confident, brave, true young princesses!

In Memory of Stan Lee: Books, Comic Books, and Movies

As the world mourns the loss of this cultural icon and legend, we look back at the illustrious career and amazing superheroes of Stan Lee.

Leave the Lights On! Scary Patron Picks from Open Book Hour

What's your favorite type of scary story? Creepy true crime? Ghoulish ghost stories? See what NYPL patrons picked from the latest Open Book Hour.

A Brief History of Halloween

From an ancient Celtic ritual to the massive cultural phenomenon it is today, Halloween has a history - and a list of history books - that's worth checking out.

Dark and Beautiful: Young Adult Gothic Fiction

If you're ready for tales of terror and romance, check out our 15 choices for top YA gothic fiction novels.

Living Dangerously: 13 Haunted House Novels

Nearly every neighborhood has a "haunted house," a structure that may not appear evil at first glance but has a sordid history (that may or may not be true) attached to it. A house is supposed to be a safe space, a shelter from evil—but what do you do when the evil comes from within? From classic haunted mansions to contemporary apartment complexes, we have gathered up 13 of the best haunted house stories to make you think twice before signing a mortgage!

A Brief History of Gothic Horror

For centuries, the subgenre of gothic horror has been spooking readers who love bleak, inescapable landscapes and the forces of evil at work. Check out our list of 15 gothic horror favorites...

A Brief History of Gothic Romance

If you like stories of independent women and dark brooding men, amid creepy castles and a gloomy atmosphere, you'll want to check out these 15 recommendations.

New & Noteworthy: Young Adult

Young adult titles that are new to our collection and receiving favorable reviews from our Best Books for Teens committee.

New & Noteworthy: Nonfiction for Kids

New nonfiction for kids from three and up.