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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!

 

 

New Children's Fantasy

Merrie Haskell also wrote Miss Elisabeth's favorite book of 2011, The Princess Curse
Merrie Haskell also wrote Miss Elisabeth's favorite book of 2011, The Princess Curse

Do you have a fantasy fan in your life?

Then be sure to check out the list of new fantasy below - from wizards and thieves to monsters and dragons, we've got a brand new book for you!

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!

 

National Book Award Longlist

 

The 2013 National Book Award Longlist for young adult literature has been released, and this year there are several Childern's Library favorites on the list, including the newest from Kate DiCamillo and the lastest from Anne Ursu, whose Breadcrumbs has been an enduring favorite since its 2011 release.

Check out all 10 books on the longlist below!

New Picture Books

The Children's Library just got a bunch of fantastic, new picture books.  From a silly counting book featuring lumberjacks, to a friendship story featuring a cat, and a retro-looking book about being an individual, read on to see what's new in the CL.

In Case You Missed It: The Dear America Series

 

Looking for a series that reads quickly and is filled with adventures? Why not check out the Dear America books? First published a decade ago, this collection of historical (fictional) journals covers every period in American History, while the accompanying Royal Diaries series looks at the childhood of famous princesses throughout the world.

The books are uniformly excellent - this librarian is a particular fan of Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady and the Royal Diaries book Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor. Lots of your favorite authors wrote for the series, including Kathryn Lasky and Mary Pope Osborne!

Check them out today!

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

Booktalking Lists 2013

Check out the fantastic titles on this year's booktalking lists! We shared them with you when we visited your school.


Click on the grade of the class, and start browsing!
 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

2nd and 3rd Grade

4th and 5th Grade

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