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.

Make Me Laugh: The Epic Librarian List of Funny Books for Kids

When asked what they want from a book, parents most often say they want a book to build character or inspire goodness in their child. You know what kids want? Something to make them laugh. Let's give them what they want. Our staff name their young patrons' laugh-out-loud favorites.

Nonfiction Genre Primer

Nonfiction is the broadest category of literature. Essentially, anything that is not fiction, poetry, or drama lives in the nonfiction section. These books range widely from memoir to history to how-to. The following post is a short introduction to the primary categories within nonfiction.

The Season's Hottest Books & Some Readalikes

There are a some books that set the world on fire when the come out, and our collections team does their best to satisfy, but sometimes we need to put our patrons in a holds queue. However, there is no need for anyone to leave the library empty-handed. Here are some of the season's hottest books and some titles with similar appeal to give them while they wait.

New & Noteworthy: Fairy Tales, Poetry, and Graphic Novels for Kids

Our Best Books for Kids committee is hard at work, narrowing down the vast pool of new books. Here are some fairy tales, poetry, and graphic novels that are getting good reviews. Look for them on the shelves in your local library and test them out with your kids.

Power Up For Pride With LGBTQ+ Superheroes!

With LGBTQ+ representation in comic books and graphic novels seeing a definite rise in recent years, here are a dozen titles we recommend.

Bela Lugosi's Dead, and Other Reasons to Celebrate World Goth Day

Celebrate the subculture that showed the world how to find beauty in the dark with recommended books, music, and movies.

Celebrating Our Roots: Patron Picks from Open Book Hour

From the immigrant experience to the history of CBGB, our latest Open Book Hour revealed a diverse set of recommendations.

Books for Moms: The Giving Tree and Beyond

In honor of Mother's Day, the Library wants to salute books for kids that address the best things motherhood can stand for: love, generosity, a sense of safety in a tumultuous world... and, yes, giving.

New & Noteworthy: E-Audio

Friends, New Yorkers, countrymen, lend me your ears… New & Noteworthy e-audiobooks.

NYPL Recommends: New & Noteworthy for Teens

Here are some recently published titles that are getting praise from our YA specialists here at NYPL. Pick them up for your teen or yourself!

Ssh! Seven Book Recommendations for Fans of "A Quiet Place"

If your heart is still pounding from director-star John Krasinski's thriller, we have some reading suggestions for you.

2018 Albertine Prize Shortlist: Cast Your Vote!

The second annual Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for best French fiction, is calling all fiction enthusiasts to vote in support of their favorite work of contemporary French fiction in English translation before May 1st!

April Fools Special! Our Favorite Comedy Manga!

If you like pranks, jokes, and hijinks in your reading and viewing, these manga and anime titles are just for you.

New & Noteworthy: E-Audiobooks

When the old becomes new again listeners can win the prize. These works of literary fiction are nods to some past familiar tales, but with twists placing them firmly in the present. Check out these new adaptations.

New & Noteworthy: Books for Teens

This year has a lot to offer YA readers so far. Here are a few books our staff here at NYPL are calling out as special.

LIVE from the NYPL: A Spring Season Reading List

This spring, read along with the LIVE from the NYPL, a series of conversations with notable thinkers, writers, activists, and artists.

ALA Award Winners 2018: Carnegie, Notables, & The Reading List

Looking for something good to read? Here are the 2017 books librarians from across the country recommend.

Politics, Robots, and Fictional Escapes: Patron Picks from Open Book Hour

What are some NYPL patrons currently reading? Here's the latest list from patrons at the Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street.