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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!

 

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.

The Librarians are Talking About...The Lions of Little Rock

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

It's 1958 and Marlee Nisbett is attending junior high in Little Rock, Arkansas, one year after the Little Rock Nine. Marlee has always found it difficult to speak, but her best friend Sally McDaniels seems to do all the talking for her. While Marlee finds a way to manage her anxiety through reciting prime numbers, she is assigned a group project and will have to stand up in front of the entire class. Marlee's partner, a new student named Liz, is encouraging and quite determined to help Marlee speak. The two girls begin to meet at the local zoo to practice for their project and quickly become close friends.

Then one day Liz does not show up to school and Marlee's teacher announces that Liz will not be returning for the rest of the school year. Soon there are murmurs among classmates that Liz was actually attending the segregated junior high school despite not being white. Devastated, Marlee sets out to locate Liz in order to find out the truth and to bring back her new friend. As a result, Marlee soon becomes involved in the local movement of the Women's Emergency Committee to reopen the Little Rock schools. 

Set amid a turbulent time in the struggle for integration, The Lions of Little Rock by author Kristin Levine is already on many top ten lists for the year. 

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