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Adult Book Lists


New York Times BestsellerNew York Times Bestseller List

Every week, thousands of diverse selling locations report their actual sales on hundreds of thousands of individual titles and is compiled by the New York Times Book Review. The panel of reporting retailers is comprehensive and reflects sales in tens of thousands of stores of all sizes and demographics across the United States.

Library ReadsLibraryReads

LibraryReads is a monthly nationwide list of adult fiction and non-fiction. Rather than picking “the best” of anything, LibraryReads represents collective favorites–the books library staff loved reading and cannot wait to share. 

Lariat Reading ListTexas Library Association Lariat List

The Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List highlights outstanding fiction published in the current year that is simply a pleasure to read. 

Topaz Reading ListTexas Library Association Topaz List

The Topaz List features nonfiction titles that encourage reading for personal learning and enjoyment.

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Youth Reading Lists

BISD Battle of the BooksBattle of the Books

Birdville ISD elementary librarians develop a primary and intermediate list of books for students to read each year. Students will participate in a district-wide, grade-level competition, called Battle of the Books, demonstrating their knowledge of each book.

Lonestar BooksThe Texas Lone Star List 

The Lone Star reading list is developed by public and school librarians from the Texas Library Association Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books.

Bluebonnet AwardTexas Bluebonnet Books 

Each year, 20 books are chosen for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List by the Children's Round Table and Texas Association of School Librarians from the Texas Library Association. Schools and libraries around the state participate in the program, encouraging 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students to read a minimum of five books.

Newberry AwardNewbery Award Books

The Newbery Medal was 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

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