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

By Lynn Ann Lobash, Associate Director, Readers Services and Engagement
February 13, 2018

The American Library Association's midwinter meeting took place in Denver this past weekend. This is the meeting where all the committee readers get together and make their final lists and decisions. It's a bit like being on jury duty. The readers are sequestered in a room for two days and they cannot talk to anyone outside the room about their deliberations or verdicts. The award ceremony took place Sunday night and now we can celebrate these wonderful books out in the open.  Looking for something good to read? Here are the 2017 books librarians from across the country recommend. 

Andrew Carnegie Medal Fiction Shortlist 

Lincoln in the Bardo
Sing, Unburied, Sing
Manhattan Beach

And the winner is ... Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan


Andrew Carnegie Medal Nonfiction Shortlist

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
The Doomsday Machine
Killers of the Flower Moon

 And the winner is ...  You Don't Have To Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

Notable Books (Fiction)

Stay With Me
Days without End
The Last Ballad
American War
Here in Berlin
Exit West
Human Acts
Solar Bones
Lincoln in the Bardo
Sing, Unburied, Sing

Notable Books (Nonfiction)

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
Hue 1968
The Best We Could Do
The Woman Who Smashed Codes
The Butchering Art
Killers of the Flower Moon
Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire
Radium Girls
The Blood of Emmett Till

Notable Books (Poetry)

I Know Your Kind
Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded

The Reading List: Best Genre Fiction (Winners)

Fierce Kingdom


The Dime


An Extraordinary Union


Down Among the Sticks and Bones


The Half-Drowned King

Historical Fiction

The Collapsing Empire

Science Fiction

The Almost Sisters

Women's Fiction



Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!