2013 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

The Newbery Award for excellence in children's literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Kathryn Applegate. Newbery honors were given to Laura Amy Schlitz for Splendors and Glooms, Sheila Turnage for Three Times Lucky, and Sibert Winner Bomb.

This year, the Caldecott Award for excellence in picture books went to John Klassen, for This is Not My Hat. Klassen also won a Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett. Other Caldecott Honors were given to Peter Brown for Creepy Carrots, Laura Seeger for Green, David Small for One Cool Friend and to Pamela Zagarenski for Sleep Like a Tiger. Special Congratulations to Miss Kiera on her excellent work on the 2013 Caldecott Committee!

The Sibert Award for excellence in children's non-fiction went to Bomb: The Race to Build (And Steal) The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steven Sheinkin. And the Geisel Award, for excellence in Early Readers, went to Up, Tall and High, by Ethan Long.

See a full list of winners below!

Mystery Readers Looking for a Clue

Photo courtesy of Flickr user elycefeliz
Photo courtesy of Flickr user elycefeliz

Have you been chosen to be a mystery reader in your child's classroom, and not sure what to do next? Never fear, the Children's Librarians have suggestions and tips for you.

If your visit falls close to a holiday, choosing a holiday read-aloud is always a popular choice. Funny books are also a big hit with kids of all ages. If you're feeling theatrical, a prop such as a hat, or a puppet is a fun thing to bring along, especially for younger students.

Be sure to read through the book before you arrive, so you are familiar with it. And remember, if you are having fun with it, so will the kids!

We've picked some of our most favorite read-alouds, and compiled some book lists. Click on the age group of the class, and start browsing.

Ages 3 to 5

Ages 6 to 8

Ages 9 to 12


Mystery Readers Ages 3-5

New eBooks for Kids

eBooks via Overdrive at digital.darienlibrary.org
eBooks via Overdrive at digital.darienlibrary.org

The Children's Library is highlighting some of the new 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. 

Fourth - Sixth Grade Book Club Choices




Below is a list of our book club choices for fourth - sixth grade. Ask any librarian for more information, or click here to see discussion questions for these books!

Second - Third Grade Book Club Choices

Below is a list of our Book Club choices for grades 2 - 4. Ask any librarian for more information, or click here to see discussion questions for these books!

Zombies for Kids

If you like supernatural horror stories, you're in luck because there are finally books about the undead for kids!  Whether you like the all-out fright of kids being chased by rotting zombies or more of a kid-zombie-fighter story, check out the books below.

Dead City by James Ponti - Molly goes to a special science school in New York City and spends her free time hanging out in the city morgue (her mom used to work there), but she still isn't prepared for the information that zombies exist...and that she is a perfect candidate for a secret zombie-protection organization called Omega.  As she hones her zombie-fighting skills, she learns more about the history of the undead (they don't like to be called zombies) in New York City and discovers her family's secret connection to Omega.  A fun, modern take on zombies that's full of action.

Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin - The sixth grade is on a camping trip, but for Ian it's a chance to find the bodies of the dance troupe who supposedly disappeared in the area.  When Ian leaves the group, his quiet friend PJ and the class brain, Kendra, follow him and are pulled deeper and deeper into the woods, even as they try to find their way back to their classmates.  The trio finds refuge in an abandoned cabin, and a journal left by one of the missing dancers, a clue that seems irrelevant once a horde of zombies stumbles out of the woods--straight toward their cabin.  A satisfying choice for horror movie fans.

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