New Children's Books: April 2014

Brand-new Tim Green, for all you sports fans!
Brand-new Tim Green, for all you sports fans!

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 2014.

Spring is an important season for publishing, so there are lots of lots of great new books for every age level on this list, including new offerings from favorite authors like Tim Green and sequels to beloved books like The False Prince!

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

Spring Fever!

Thursday, March 20 is the first day of spring! In honor of the warmer weather that is nearly here, we have compiled a list of great books about insects, nature, animals, and weather that relate to Spring. We hope you find one to take home!

Fantasy Friday: Rose

Fantasy Friday: Rose by Holly Webb

Holly Webb's Rose books, a beloved magical adventure series from the UK, are finally being released in the United States. In this charming blend of Harry Potter and A Little Princess, Rose is left under a rosebush at St. Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls when she is less than a year old. At St. Bridget's, the girls are trained to be scullery maids and leave the Home at age 14 to find work. Unlike most of the other girls in the orphange, Rose, now 10, is looking forward to the day she gets to earn her own money. So when the Head Housekeeper to England's most important magician comes looking for a young girl to train as a maid, Rose jumps at the chance.

Almost immediately upon arriving at the Fountain Home, Rose realizes she's different than the other servants. Only she can sense the magic that seeps into the house's walls. Only she is unafraid to clean the master's storeroom. And only she can hear the voice of the master's white cat, Gus, in her head. Magic only exists in noble families, so how does an orphaned scullery maid have the ability to talk to plants and create pictures in the air? And will this lowly orphan be able to save the children of England from a magical menace that only she can sense?

Filled with humor, magic, an upstairs-downstairs feel reminiscent of Downton Abbey, and a charming new heroine, this import is a must-read!

New Children's Books: February 2014

Timmy Failure's back, and he's still a failure at detecting!
Timmy Failure's back, and he's still a failure at detecting!

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 2014.

February is an important month for publishing, so there are lots of lots of great new books for every age level on this list, including the return of Darien Favorite Timmy Failure at the end of the month!

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

Review of Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff

Looking for a fast-paced mystery?
Looking for a fast-paced mystery?

One of our Kids Advisory Board members submitted this review of the new book by Connecticut author Patricia Reilly Giff. 

Winter Sky

This book is a fast paced mystery, about a girl named Siria, whose mom died and dad is a fire fighter. Siria watches over her dad and secretly follows him to all his fires. But when fires start to pop up in the oddest of places, Siria suspects someone is setting them.  As she follows the clues, she thinks she knows who is setting them but is she right? Can she stop them when she does find out? I won't spoil it for you, so read the book if you want to find out.

I enjoyed this book because it is fast placed and got right into the action. I also liked that it was a mystery so I was always trying to decipher the clues. This book was hard to put down and I think that children who like mysteries, adventure, or just want a fast paced book will definitely enjoy this one. 

Thank you Toby for that awesome review! 

 

2014 Youth Media Awards Announced

Flora & Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud funny story with a heart of gold.
Flora & Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud funny story with a heart of gold.

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, January 27th at 8 a.m. EST!

These awards include the Caldecott Medal (for distinguished illustrations), the Newbery Medal (for distinguished children's book writing), the Sibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers).

The Newbery Award went to two-time winner (and 2014 National Ambassador of Young People's Literature) Kate DiCamillo for her marvelously funny Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Darien Library favorite Doll Bones, by Holly Black, was one of four books to receive a Newbery Honor. 

The Caldecott Award went to the beautifully detailed Locomotive, by Brian Floca. Three books were honored, including the luminously illustrated Journey, by Aaron Becker.

You can put the complete list of winners on hold, or stop by the Children's Library and see what's available!

2014 Youth Media Award Winners

Locomotive, by Brian Floca, is a winner twice over - it won the Caldecott Award AND the Sibert Honor!
Locomotive, by Brian Floca, is a winner twice over - it won the Caldecott Award AND the Sibert Honor!

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, January 27th at 8 a.m. EST!

These awards include the Caldecott Medal (for distinguished illustrations), the Newbery Medal (for distinguished children's book writing), the Seibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers).

A full list of winners can be found below or by visiting The American Library Association's website.

New Children's Books: January 2014

The second book in the Spirit Animals Trilogy, written by some of your favorite authors!
The second book in the Spirit Animals Trilogy, written by some of your favorite authors!

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 first month of 2014.

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

 

Children's New Books: December 2013

The third installment in Prineas' series began in 2012's Winterling.
The third installment in Prineas' series began in 2012's Winterling.

 

Whether you're searching for something new to read or simply want to check out the latest arrivals in the Children's library, we have a booklist for you!

Below, find a list of books published in the last months of 2013!

Tween Recommended Reads

Hipster fox tweens love to read!
Hipster fox tweens love to read!

This month the Association for Library Services to Children published a fantastic new resource for middle-grade readers. Middle-grade books are written for kids and tweens, usually in grades 4 - 7. Darien Library's own Miss Claire was on the committee that selected titles for the list!

Featuring a wonderful blend of genres published this year, there's sure to be something on this list to please your tween reader!

Check out the list below!

 

 

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