New Children's Books: December 2014

Read the new Wimpy Kid today!
Read the new Wimpy Kid today!

On the hunt for something new and exciting?

Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series?

Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the eleventh month of 2014.

For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!

Adventure Booklist for Kids

Hatchet is the classic survival story by Gary Paulsen
Hatchet is the classic survival story by Gary Paulsen

These action-packed stories will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. If you happen to love books that feature characters racing against time, or around the globe, then these book selections are just what the doctor ordered!

Realistic Fiction Booklist for Kids

Last year's Nutmeg Award Winner Out of My Mind
Last year's Nutmeg Award Winner Out of My Mind

Do like reading books about kids just like you? What about kids fighting against all odds?

Whether a fan of school stories, sports dramas, or friendship tales, these novels will help readers empathize with some of the most unforgettable characters.

New Ebooks for Kids

The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story is now available to read digitally.
The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story is now available to read digitally.

Looking for your favorite book for an eReader?

The Children's Library is highlighting some of the digital books we've added to the collection. Do you have an eReader at home? Find out how to check out titles from Darien Library's Overdrive and 3M collections.

You can also make an appointment with one of the children's librarians to show your family how to download eBooks from the Library.

Below are a few examples of books in the Library's digital collection.

Graphic Novels Booklist

These picturesque novels boast stories full of adventure, magic, and real life friendships. Graphic novels can be a new and sophisticated way of diving into a story! 

Are you also a Comics fan? See the Children's Library's new array of comics in the GN section.

Animal Adventures Booklist

Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck
Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck

Books about mice lost at sea or dueling cats can be both adventurous and heartwarming. 

These titles include stories about the bond between humans and animals, and may include tales told by animal characters. 

 

Mysteries in the Children's Library

A fantastic, topsy-turvy thriller!
A fantastic, topsy-turvy thriller!

Calling all amatuer sleuths!

If you love solving mysteries, slinking down dark hallways, tallying clues, following trails, and saving the day, then you'll love these books.

Check out the list below!

Great Non-Fiction For Grades 2 & up!

This kid-friendly book is a minute-by-minute account of the tragic shooting of JFK and it's aftermath in American politics.
This kid-friendly book is a minute-by-minute account of the tragic shooting of JFK and it's aftermath in American politics.

With the increasing focus on reading non-fiction at all grade levels in school, the Darien Children's Librarians put together recommendations of some of their all-time favorite non-fiction books for kids of all ages!

To see the lists broken down by grades, just click on the links below.

Non-Fiction for 2nd & 3rd Grade

Non-Fiction for 4th & 5th Grade

Non-Fiction for 6th Grade and Beyond

 

Fantasy in the Children's Library

One of Miss Elisabeth's favorite books from 2012, this story of an orphan fighting for his life in a very dangeous game is a 2015 Middle School Nutmeg Book!
One of Miss Elisabeth's favorite books from 2012, this story of an orphan fighting for his life in a very dangeous game is a 2015 Middle School Nutmeg Book!

Whether you've raced through Harry Potter or haven't yet taken Platform 9 3/4 to Hogwarts, there is a wide world of fantasy waiting to be explored.

We have inventive fairy tale retellings from Merrie Haskell and Anne Ursu, funny tales of princes tired of being "charming," epic quests a la Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, funny magic, scary magic, evil, truth, and power.

Journey through a new land and read a fantasy book today!

Historical Fiction in the Children's Library

Read this gripping story about a boy from Connecticut who breaks with his family to fight the King during the Revolutionary War!
Read this gripping story about a boy from Connecticut who breaks with his family to fight the King during the Revolutionary War!

Ready to take a journey to another time?

Check out a historical fiction book and go on adventure in the past!

From the 1300's to the 1960's, from a girl who was Queen of England for 9 days to pioneers crossing the American West, from mysteries to train robberies to fighting for freedoms, there's a historical fiction book to fit every reader.

Check one out today!

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