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!


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

Kids' Book Groups in the New Year

We love these books!
We love these books!

Save the date for the Children's Library's upcoming book groups for kids. Since the new Nutmeg Nominees for 2014 will be announced in April, the Nutmeg Book Groups will resume in the summer. Interested in starting your own book club? The Library has Book Club Kits available for many ages. 

Jr. Book Club 

Early elementary readers are invited to share their thoughts on some of the booktalking selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story. Grades 2 to 3 

Wednesdays, 5 to 6 pm

February 6 - Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford

March 6 - Being Teddy Roosevelt by Claudia Mills

April 3 - Earthling by Mark Fearing

Tween Book Group 

Come and chat over pizza about some of the Best Books of 2012. After the discussion everyone will take part in a book-related activity. Ages 9 to 12. 

Wednesdays, 6 to 7 pm

February 13 - Wonder by R. J. Palacio

March 20 - Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

April 10 - Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

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!

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