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.

Fantasy Friday: Breadcrumbs

Fantasy Friday (and new book alert!): Breadcrumbs  by Anne Ursu.

"It snowed right before Jack stopped talking to Hazel, fluffy white flakes big enough to show their crystal architecture, like perfect geometric poems. It was the sort of snow that transforms the world into a different kind of place. You know what it's like - when you wake up  to find everything white and soft and quiet, when you run outisde and your breath suddenly appears before you in a smoky poof, when  you wonder for a moment if the world in which you woke up is nt the same one that you went to bed in the night before. Things like that happen, at least in the stories you read. It was the sort of snowfall that, if there were any magic to be had in the world, would make it come out. And magic did come out."

Unfortunately, the magic that comes out of that wonderful, marvelous, story book snow is evil magic- in the form of The Snow Queen. She spirits Jack away from Hazel and everyone he knows into a deep, dark forest. And even though Jack has stopped talking to Hazel, she is still his best friend. Best friends save each other, no matter what.

This marvelous, magical retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen is a must-read for anyone who loves a heroic, epic adventure, dazzling fantasy worlds, and a character who's learning what it means to grow up.

Scary Stories for Brave Kids

After a fun and spook-filled Stories to Chill Your Bones, we felt it was appropriate to share some of the Children's Library's favorite books for the Halloween season.

Whether it's Nutmeg nominee authors Mary Downing Hahn and Cynthia DeFelice, who can both write suspensful fiction, or folk tales collected by Alvin Schwartz, there are many titles scattered throughout the Kids Fiction and Kids Nonfiction sections. Ask a children's librarian and they can surely show you their favorite spooky books. Snuggle up with a cup of hot apple cider and one of these titles, but prepare to be scared!


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