Review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.
Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.

Sisters Book Review by Charlotte Zaino

Sisters is a graphic novel about Raina and her relationship with her little sister, Amara. Raina wants a sister REALLY badly, until she has one. The story starts when the whole family (except for her dad) is getting ready to go on a three week road trip from California to Colorado for a family reunion. Before they leave, Raina and Amara get in a big fight. Raina starts to wonder why she ever wanted a sister in the first place. Then the story goes back and forth in time from when they were little kids to the present. As the flashbacks go on, the girls get older. The illustrations really help to tell the story. 

This book is a sequel to Smile, which I found a little more exciting and entertaining. Sisters focuses more on a stressful time in Raina's life, because in this book her parents aren't getting along well and she feels left out at the family reunion. Even though the topic is more serious, there are still some exciting moments, like when Raina and Amara work together to get their old pet snake out of the car. Kids will like this book because even though there are events that most kids probably haven't been through (luring a king snake out of your car) almost every pair of siblings can relate to the relationship between Raina and Amara. In the end, Raina is glad to have a sister, and realizes that no one can replace her.

Thank you to new KAB Member Charlotte for giving us her review of the much anticipated new Raina Telgemeier graphic novel. 

The 2017 Nutmeg Nominees are here!

Which book will win the 2017 Nutmeg Award? Start reading now!
Which book will win the 2017 Nutmeg Award? Start reading now!

The Connecticut State Book Award, the Nutmeg, announced its 2017 slate of nominees on Sunday, May 1st.

Check out the Elementary Nutmegs, for grades 2-4!

Check out the Intermediate Nutmegs, for grades 4-6!

Which Nutmeg Nominee will be your favorite this year?

Language of Math

Photo by Artúr Herczeg /CC BY
Photo by Artúr Herczeg /CC BY

Thursday, May 5th at 10 a.m.

Math is much easier when you understand the language of it.  During this workshop, we will discuss the research-based techniques that are the foundation of our instructional methods at Eagle Hill School. You’ll leave with ideas for activities to use at home, and more important how to help your children discover that MATH IS FUN!  The information will be targeted towards elementary/early middle-school aged children.

Register for this program.

If the above link is no longer accepting submissions, please register for the Waitlist.

This presentation will be hosted by educators from Eagle Hill School.

Eagle Hill is a co-ed independent school serving children, ages 5-15, with language based learning disabilities. The curriculum is highly individualized according to students' needs and learning styles.  Math classes typically range from 3:1 to 7:1 (student:teacher ratio) and this allows for a comprehensive and tailored approach to instruction.

Librarians to visit...Your Schools!

The Children's and Teen Librarians get ready for the DARIEN OLYMPIANS Summer Reading Program
The Children's and Teen Librarians get ready for the DARIEN OLYMPIANS Summer Reading Program

It's that time of year again!

The Children's Librarians are gearing up to visit YOUR schools during the month of May and early June. We will be visiting each and every student that attends elementary and middle school in Darien. During our visits, we will share exclusive details about our Summer Reading program and reveal top-secret booklists that we have been working on for months! The dates of each of our visits are below.

May 11th & June 9th: Pear Tree Point

May 12th: Ox Ridge

May 18th & 19th: Holmes

May 24th, 25th, and 26th: Royle

May 31st, June 1st, and 2nd: Hindley

June 6th: MMS

June 7th & 8th: Tokeneke

Evan Gottfried's Family Music Extravaganza

Shake it up on April 30 with your family!
Shake it up on April 30 with your family!

Saturday, April 30th at 2 p.m.

Come celebrate spring with a family concert in the Library! In this highly interactive and imaginative program, Evan Gottfried will have everyone on their feet and singing to music off of his Reach Up! album.

This program will take place in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

KAB Review: A Bitter Magic and Just Like Me

Chloe says:

A Bitter Magic

It all begins when Cisely Thummel sees the one trick preformed by The Amazing Thummel. Her mom, the assistant vanishes!! This unexpected moment encourages Cisley to find her mom and with the help of her friend Cole, they might just find her- or not..... I this book. It is mysterious and a real page turner to all readers who love a good mystery!

Just Like Me

Julia was sent to a camp with her 2 "Chinese Sisters" thanks to her mom. But more campers make the camp worse and worse. Will Julia help make her cabin better again, or will her cabin be stuck cleaning the "Mess Hall" during everything fun???
This book is good for people who like a book of trouble and relationships.

2016 Youth Media Awards Announced

I'm a bus!
I'm a bus!

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, January 11th at 8 a.m. EST!

These awards include the Caldecott Medal (for distinguished illustrations), the Newbery Medal (for distinguished children's book writing), the Sibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers).

The Newbery Award, in a surprising twist, went to Matt De La Pena for his picture book Last Stop on Market Street. The book, a heart-warming celebration of our differences, also garnered a Caldecott Honor for its illustrator, Christian Robinson. Darien Library 2015 Booktalking Books The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and Rollergirl , by Victoria Jamieson received Honors.

The Caldecott Award went to Finding Winnie : The True Story Of The World's Most Famous Bear. There were four honors, including Waiting, the latest from beloved author/illustrator Kevin Henkes.

You can put the complete list of winners on hold, or stop by the Children's Library and see what's available!

Cece Bell Author Visit

Join us to meet Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell as she talks about her New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir EL DEAFO.  Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.


This is a unique chance to connect with a major publishing talent and an opportunity for everyone to think closely about their own growing up experience.


Ages 8 and up
Monday, October 5 from 5 to 6 pm
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Exciting Fall Releases in the Children's Library

Read Greg's latest adventure on November 3rd!
Read Greg's latest adventure on November 3rd!

Did you know there are some exciting new books coming out this fall that you can put on hold right now?

On August 18th, be the first of your friends to read Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories! Previously available as ebooks, this is their first time in print.

October 6th is another big day: the fourth Timmy Failure book comes out, and so does Rick Riordan's new series about Norse Gods, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

And finally, on November 3rd, Greg Heffley's journey continues with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School!

If you place your holds today, you'll get a copy of the book the day it comes out! 

Happy reading!

The 2016 Nutmeg Nominees are here!

Which Nutmegs will be Darien favorites in 2015-2016?
Which Nutmegs will be Darien favorites in 2015-2016?

The Connecticut State Book Award, the Nutmeg, announced it's 2016 slate of nominees on Friday, May 1st.

Check out the Elementary Nutmegs, for grades 2-4!

Check out the Intermediate Nutmegs, for grades 4-6!

Which Nutmeg Nominee will be your favorite this year?

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