2014 Nutmeg Nominees Are Here!

Which one will it be?
Which one will it be?


It's finally time to reveal the 2014 Intermediate Nutmeg Nominees, selected for grades 4-6. Click the link below to see your new nominees!


Brand New Audio!


The Children's Library just got a huge order of brand new audio - both CDs and Playaways! See if we have your new favorites below!


Non-Fiction for 6th Grade & Beyond

The Children's Librarians have compiled their favorite non-fiction books for sixth grade and beyond!

Non-Fiction for 4th & 5th Grade

The Children's Librarians have compiled their favorite selections for fourth and fifth grade.

March is Women's History Month

On March 8th many countries around the globe celebrate International Women's Day. It is even a national holiday in some locations! 

In the United States we celebrate National Women's History Month which was decided by Congress in 1987. 

Visit the Children's Library in March to see some of the inspiring women who have graced the covers of award-winning picture books and biographies. There are many more female heroes in the Kids Bio section of the library, as well as in the below booklist. 

Cybil Award Winners!

The Cybil Awards have been announced, and the list is full of great books we know you'll want to read! The Cybil Awards differ from awards like the Newberry and Caldecott in that they are nominated by the reading public (meaning you and I can nominate our favorite books!) and the winners are chosen by KidLit bloggers for their readability and kid appeal. You can find more about the nomination process here.

This year's list is highly readable and highly lovable! Check out the winners below!

Non-Fiction for 2nd & 3rd Grade

The Children's Librarians have compiled their favorite non-fiction selections for Second and Third grade. 

Non-Fiction for Kindergarten & 1st Grade

The Children's Librarians have compiled their favorite non-fiction selections for Kindergarten and First Grade. 

Cool Picture Book Animal: Moose

Ernest the Moose Who Doesn't Fit
Ernest the Moose Who Doesn't Fit

We've noticed a trend in the Children's Library recently--lots of picture books featuring a moose.  And if a book has a huge, antlered, sort of funny-looking animal in it, you know it's going to be funny.  Here are some great moose read-alouds that big and little readers will enjoy.

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers - The newest book from a librarian-favorite, this is the story of Wilfred and his pet moose, Marcel.  Except, Marcel isn't a great pet, because he doesn't follow Wilfred's rules, like Rule 7: Going whichever way Wilfred wants to go.  When Wilfred meets a woman who thinks Marcel is her pet, and that he's named Rodrigo, he has to rethink his relationship with his antlered friend.

Ernest, The Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner - It's tough to fit onto the pages of a picture book when you're as big as Ernest.  He struggles to cram his body parts onto the page, but just can't quite make it.  With the help of a friendly chipmunk, Ernest finally succeeds.  Readers will enjoy the surprise last page.

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham - In this wacky alphabet book, Moose can't wait to represent the letter "M".  He keeps popping up in other animals' pages, infuriating Zebra, who is orchestrating the lineup.  Of course, chaos ensues (it is a moose book, right?).

A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy -  Perfect for toddlers, this book shows a variety of parent-baby animals and how they kiss.  Elephants kiss with their trunks, and a fish kiss is "fizzy and bubbly".  Although, moose don't star in the book, they are shown at the beginning and end.  

New Children's Fantasy

Great new fantasy adventures await you!
Great new fantasy adventures await you!


Calling all Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Unwanteds, fantasy, and adventure fans!

There's so much new fantasy fiction here at Darien Library - If you're looking for a new adventure to fill the void before the next book in your favorite fantasy series comes out, check out this list below!


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