F5 Going-To-School

Listen to this brother and sister describe their favorite things to do at kindergarten!
Listen to this brother and sister describe their favorite things to do at kindergarten!

These are the perfect books to chase your before-school worries away. 

F5 Cowboys and Pirates

What happens when a pirate's out of a job? Find out in this silly book about Backbeard the jobless pirate!
What happens when a pirate's out of a job? Find out in this silly book about Backbeard the jobless pirate!

Yeehaw! In this book list, you'll find some rootin' tootin' cowboy stories! Or, if you're all about the pirate life, feast your eyes on some of these seafaring adventures! Arrrr!

F5 Princesses

In this story, read about a girl who escapes her annoying little brother and goes on many princess adventures!
In this story, read about a girl who escapes her annoying little brother and goes on many princess adventures!

Read some of our favorite princess books like The Princess and the Peas, the Paper Bag Princess, Snoring Beauty, and more! These are must-reads for any princess-lover. Find them in the First Five section of the Children's Department!

2015 Nutmeg Nominees Announced!

2015 Nutmeg Nominees are here!
2015 Nutmeg Nominees are here!

It's finally time to reveal the new Nutmeg Nominees for 2015, and this year, there's a surprise!

For the first time ever, there are Nutmeg books for kids in grades 2-6 to read!

The Elementary Level is geared towards kids in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. These books can be found on display to the right of the doors when you enter the children's library.

The Intermediate Level is geared towards kids in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th. These books can be found on display to the left of the doors when you enter the children's library.

View the Elementary Level books and place holds!

View the Intermediate Level books and place holds!

Nutmeg Voting Results for 2014

Intermediate Book Award
Total votes:  17,349
5,689  Out of My Mind
3,815  The Candymakers
2,106  Closed for the Season
1,499  Wildfire Run
944     Inside Out and Back Again
933     Saving Armpit
776     The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman
620     Wild Girl
594     The Great Wall of Lucy Wu
373     Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel

 

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!

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!

You Asked: The Cupcake Diaries Are Here!

The Cupcake Diaries Series: Mia's Bakers Dozen
The Cupcake Diaries Series: Mia's Bakers Dozen

Ask and you shall receive: we now carry the entire Cupcake Diaries series. There are 17 books in total, and we have two of each!

The Cupcake Diaries will be on display for the next few weeks, so please come by and check them out. Find the list of available titles here: Cupcake Diaries Series

Chilling Reads for Halloween

The scariest book Miss Elisabeth ever read.
The scariest book Miss Elisabeth ever read.

 

Looking for a story to scare you to your bones, to make you check under the bed before you sleep at night, and make you believe in ghosts?

Search the catalog for the tag "superscary" to find some chilling reads, or check out the list below!

 

Review of Bowling Alley Bandit

The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: The Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller
The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: The Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

Are you an Arnie the Doughnut fan? Well, there is a new chapter book series starring your favorite sprinkled leading man. One of our Kids Advisory Board members is ready with a review of the first installment.

The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: The Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

This is a book about the bowling adventures of Arnie. Arnie is a talking and walking doughnut. The Yada-Yadas, the rival bowling team, have beaten Arnie's friend for years. They are always frowning. Arnie is determined to help his friend, Mr. Bing. He also has to help solve a mystery by saving a kidnapped bowling ball! I would recommend this book to kids or adults that prefer silly books. It's very funny and made me laugh every page.

Reviewed by Ishaan

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