Powerful Princesses

This retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses is one of Miss Elisabeth's favorites!
This retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses is one of Miss Elisabeth's favorites!

While many Princesses are pretty and pink, some wear fancy clothes and save their kingdoms! Read on for a list of middle-grade (4th-7th) books where princesses are anything but passive. 

One Direction Books

The One Direction we knew and loved
The One Direction we knew and loved

Let's all have a moment of silence as we prepare to enter a world with only FOUR One Directioners. Below is a selection of the Library's books, DVD's, and online performance films featuring our favorite British Boy Band.

New Children's Books: April 2015

Beloved character Clementine wraps up her adventures in Pennypacker's latest early chapter book.
Beloved character Clementine wraps up her adventures in Pennypacker's latest early chapter book.

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 third month of 2015.

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

Crossover Books for Teens and Tweens

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is this year's Newbery Medal winner
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is this year's Newbery Medal winner

Whether you are a voracious reader who has made your way through the Children's Library's collection, or are simply on the cusp of teenhood, then try some of these book titles both found in the Children's Library and the Teen Room. 

The booklist is inspired by this year's Newbery Medal winner, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, a novel told in verse about twin brothers battling life's drama both on and off the basketball court. Two of the other Newbery Honor winners, El Deafo by Cece Bell and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson are also top selections for this age group. 

New Children's Books: March 2015

Favorite Author Gordon Korman is back with an all-new thriller perfect for kids who love adventures and spies!
Favorite Author Gordon Korman is back with an all-new thriller perfect for kids who love adventures and spies!

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 second month of 2015.

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

Kids Advisory Board Booklist

Aidan recommends West of the Moon by Margi Preus
Aidan recommends West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Each year the Children's Library's Kids Advisory Board compiles a list of their suggested reads for ages 9 to 12. If you are looking for must reads from some of the Library's super readers then check out the featured books found in the Kids Fiction section of the Library. 

Many of the titles can also be found as digital editions using the Library's eBook catalogs.

Overdrive

3M

For additional suggestions for your tween reader, check out the American Library's Association's Tween Recommended Reads booklist. 

Red - not just roses and hearts

February can be rough. There are roses, hearts, and lipsticky kisses on everything around you. But can red be more than a smooshy love color? We think so! Check out these fun books about this exciting color, with everything from fairy tales to history.

Red - not just roses and hearts

February can be rough. There are roses, hearts, and lipsticky kisses on everything around you. But can red be more than a smooshy love color? We think so! Check out these fun books about this exciting color, with everything from fairy tales to history.

Black History Month Film Festival: The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Did you know The Watsons Go to Birmingham was originally a book? 

If you are curious about civil rights - the who, what, when and the how of them, check out this booklist.  Why would people bomb a church in Alabama? And why would people march into firehoses spraying them?  What does integration mean? All of these questions and more are answered in our booklist below.

Black History Month Film Festival: Princess and the Frog

Did the Jazz Music in the Princess and Frog inspire you? Learn more about this exciting music form, and New Orleans, in these books (and CDs!) in our collection.

Here's what Martin Luther King, Jr. had to say about jazz in 1964: "Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.

This is triumphant music.

Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.

It is no wonder that so much of the search for identity among American Negroes was championed by Jazz musicians. Long before the modern essayists and scholars wrote of racial identity as a problem for a multiracial world, musicians were returning to their roots to affirm that which was stirring within their souls."

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