The 2013 Nutmeg Nominees Are Here!

The Nutmeg Award
The Nutmeg Award

It's that time of year again - the 2013 Intermediate Nutmeg Nominees have been announced! The books this year include titles by popular authors like Grace Lin and Tim Green, as well as Darien Library favorite Adam Gidwitz!

Each month, our Nutmeg Book Group will meet to discuss one of the nominees. The first meeting is Wednesday, Febraury 29th. We'll discuss The Potato Chip Puzzles.

Come into the children's library today to start reading, and click below to see the full list!

UnBEARably Cute Books


 The New York Times Book Review recently profiled three new picture books about bears including Otto the Book Bear and Maudie and Bear. Whether they are of the grizzly, polar, or teddy variety, we love picture books about bears! Here are a few of our very favorite bear stories:

2012 Children's Book Awards Announced!

2012 Caldecott Award Winner!
2012 Caldecott Award Winner!

On Monday morning in Dallas the 2012 Youth Media Awards were awarded by the American Library Association.

The winner of the 2012 Caldecott Medal was A Ball for Daisy, by Chris Raschka.

The winner of the 2012 Newbery Award was Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos.

Click the link below for a full list of winners and honorees!

Best Books of 2011

To ring in the New Year the children's librarians decided to vote on their picks for the Best Books of 2011. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or fantasy, picture books or chapter books, there are plenty of gems that have appeared this year. Which books did your favorite librarians choose? Here is a recap of their personal favorites. 

Miss Kiera picks Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman and Blackout by John Rocco for her picture book choices. As far as Kids Fiction, she mentions Wonderstruck by Brain Selznick, Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt, and Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 

Miss Elisabeth, our newest children's librarian, absolutely loved The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell, Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, and Jefferson's Sons. Her favorite picture book (surprise, suprise) was My Name is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee. 

Miss Marian, our Nutmeg Guru, recommends Grounded by Kate Klise,The Princess Curse, and Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. She also loved last summer's booktalking series, Frankly Frannie by A.J. Stern. 

Miss Claire would have to agree with Miss Kiera on Wonderstruck and Okay for Now. In addition, two of her most talked about books this year were The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan, and The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales. For picture books, without a doubt, Underground by Shane Evans is not to be missed. 

To see all the choices, view the Best Books of 2011 booklist. 

New IRead Series: Hailey Twitch!

The first book in the series!
The first book in the series!


Hey IReaders! Are you a fan of Daisy Meadow's Fairy books? Then the Children's Library has a new series just for you!

In Hailey Twitch is NOT a Snitch, meet Hailey, a very ordinary girl who has a very extraordinary secret: her best friend, Maybelle, is a fairy! But there's a catch - Maybelle doesn't have control of her magic yet. She causes magical accidents wherever she goes! Only Hailey can see Maybelle, so everyone thinks Hailey causes all the trouble.

Check out this list of all the Hailey Twitch titles to read more about Hailey, Maybelle, and their wacky adventures!

More Gift-Giving Suggestions from the Children's Library

The Children's Librarians have chosen new books that make great gifts for the little ones in your life, whether they're being read to, starting to read themselves, or are already non-stop, voracious readers. 

The following are a couple of ideas that aren't yet in the Children's Library collection, but will be soon.

For parents who want to introduce their babies to the music they love, there are Rockabye Baby CDs.  Imagine Aerosmith, The Flaming Lips, The Cure, Lady Gaga, and more played on the harp and xylophone.  Ultra-soothing and enjoyable for both kids and adults.




It's A Little Book by Lane Smith is a conversation between two baby animals about what to do with a book:  it's not for e-mailing or eating or building, it's for reading.  Fun, tongue-in-cheek humor for kids and grown-ups whose lives are filled with technology.  Check out the book trailer here.  The original, It's A Book, is available at the library.



 Click on the link below to see our other titles (many of which are series)!

Attention, World Travelers!


Psst! Are you a kid planning on traveling to a big city? Or are you kid who would like to someday travel to a big city? Then we have some books written just for you - The Lonely Planet Not-For-Parents Guides to London, Rome, Paris, and New York City are now available in the Children's Library!

And if you're interested in traveling to even more exoctic locations, we have The Lonely Planet Not-For-Parents Travel Book, featuring "cool stuff to know about every country in the world!"

 To learn more, click on the link below!


Animorphs Are Back!



Scholastic recently reissued the first three Animorph books, about a group of friends who witness a strange light fall from the sky and are granted the power to transform into the most dangerous animals on earth. Their mission? To fight an evil alien plague bent on taking over humanity - from inside our bodies!

This was one of Miss Elisabeth's all-time favorite series when she was in elementary school, and she is thrilled to introduce this sci-fiction series to a new generation!

To learn more, check out the link below!

Fantasy Friday: The House With A Clock In Its Walls

The House With A Clock In Its Walls by John Bellairs

Just in time for Halloween, I dedicate this Fantasy Friday to a classic of horror and fantasy - The House With A Clock In Its Walls.

Lewis is recently orphaned and on his way to live with an uncle he's never met before. He's also slightly overweight and slightly nerdy - the pages of his many books are stained with chocolate. He hasn't had the happiest or most exciting life and he doesn't expect that to change, ever.

Fortune seems to be favoring Lewis when it turns out that Uncle Jonathan is a magician. And not a parlor tricks kind of magician, but a real, live wizard! Lewis' new house is a strange and wonderful old mansion with hidden passages and trick staircases. In no time at all, Uncle Jonathan and the good witch next door, Mrs. Zimmerman, introduce Lewis to a fantastic world of adventures to different lands, star gazing, spells, and delicious chocolate chip cookies.

The one problem with Uncle Jonathan's house is the ticking clock hidden in the walls. It's a constant ticking that gets louder and faster every day. What is the clock ticking down to? Where in the house is it hidden? And will Lewis survive his encounter with the clock's diabolical creator?

Sequels to Booktalking Titles!

Summer's over, but the books you liked reading have sequels!  Find out what your favorite characters are up to now:  What kind of trouble is Squish getting into?  What mystery will Bethesda solve now that she knows Ms. Finkleman's story?  Find out by clicking on the link below.

Can't remember the booktalking books, take a look at the lists again here.

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