Kids Advisory Board Picks

The Mysterious Benedict Society makes it to the top of the list yet again.
The Mysterious Benedict Society makes it to the top of the list yet again.

The Kids Advisory Board has selected their top books of all time. There's a mix of popular series, realistic fiction, adventure, and fantasy for all different genre lovers. Much deliberation occurred over the creation of the booklist, and KAB members hope to provide some possible reading suggestions for the summer. 

The Kids Advisory Board is made up of kids ages 9 to 12 from Darien, who hold seasonal meetings to discuss the Children's Library's collection, programs, furniture, and other relevant topics. They also have the opportunity to read and review ARCs for the Library. ARCs are advanced reader copies of books that are sent to libraries before they are published. 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Kids Advisory Board for next year, please email the children's librarians at 

Building Independent Readers Booklist

Photo courtesy of Flickr user  sean dreilinger
Photo courtesy of Flickr user sean dreilinger

On Tuesday, May 15 the Library and Darien Public Schools presented a program entitled, "Reading Well and Reading That Matters: What Teachers Are Doing At School And What Parents Can Do At Home To Engage and Energize All Young Readers."

Education consultant, Ginny Lockwood, guided parents on how to make reading a shared, enjoyable, and lifelong experience. Ms. Lockwood provided parents with information on how to select books and how to practice dialogic reading. 

This is a booklist of titles presented at the event, as well as other "short stories with illustrations," in the Library's collection. 

Jake and Lily: A New Book by Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli's newest book.
Jerry Spinelli's newest book.

You probably know Children's Library favorite Jerry Spinelli from his Newberry Award winning Maniac Magee, or his Newberry Honor winning Wringer. You might be a fan of his YA book  Stargirl and its sequel Love, Stargirl. Now he's back with his newest book, Jake and Lily, about twins who have a special ability.

Jake and Lily were born 11 minutes apart on a speeding train deep under the mountains in Colorado. As twins, they share an extremely special bond that they refer to as "Goombla." Jake knows when Lily is in trouble. Lily knows where Jake hides when they play hide and seek. Since the year they turned 6, every night before their birthday they sleepwalk to the train station in town and wake up at 3 a.m. in their bare feet and pajamas, sitting on a bench outside.

But things are changing. Jake doesn't want to hang out with Lily as much. He'd rather be with the boys in the neighborhood. Lily feels their Goombla slipping away. Lily's not sure she can convince her brother to hold on to their special connection much longer. What will life be like without Goombla?

Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke's new novel Ghost Knight was just released. One of our Kid Galley Bloggers wanted to share their review of this new fantasy read.

I loved Ghost Knight because it combined medieval fantasy and ghosts. I thought it was well written, and the characters developed very nicely.

~ Tre

Take a Stand!

Stand Against Racism is a movement by the YWCA to eliminate racism in our world.
Stand Against Racism is a movement by the YWCA to eliminate racism in our world.

On Friday, April 27, Darien Library helped to bring awareness to Stand Against Racism, an initiative by the YWCA to eliminate racism.

The Children's Library has compiled a booklist that helps celebrate our differences. Stop by next week to see our Stand Against Racism display and check out some of these important books.

100 Years of the Titanic

Titanic (courtesy of the State Library of Queensland)
Titanic (courtesy of the State Library of Queensland)

The Titanic sank almost exactly 100 years ago and information about this "unsinkable" ship is still in high demand! There are Titanic TV specials, the movie Titanic was just re-released in 3D, and, of course, we have LOTS of great Titanic books for all of your sunken-cruise liner needs.  Below is a list of fiction and non-fiction kids books on the giant ship.


D.E.A.R. Day Books by Beverly Cleary

This Thursday, April 12, is D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything And Read Day)!  The date is the birthday of beloved children's author Beverly Cleary, whose most famous creation, Ramona Quimby, is the event's official fictious spokesperson.  It's an occasion to drop everything, grab a favorite children's book and read it as a family.  And if all goes well --if the adventures of Ralph S. Mouse don't prove too exciting for delicate adult temperaments; if mom and dad can handle hearing about Henry Huggins' travails-- then feel free to celebrate D.E.A.R. Day as often as you like.  Ramona would approve!

Begin your reading adventure with one of Beverly Cleary's classics:

A Prickly Subject: Porcupine Books

The word on the street is that this year's hot picture book topic is...porcupines and hedgehogs! 

These prickly critters are cute and are a great basis for stories about friendship and acceptance.  Check out the new books on lovable, but poke-y, animals below. 

The 2013 Nutmeg Nominees Are Here!

The Nutmeg Award
The Nutmeg Award

It's that time of year again - the 2013 Intermediate Nutmeg Nominees have been announced! The books this year include titles by popular authors like Grace Lin and Tim Green, as well as Darien Library favorite Adam Gidwitz!

Each month, our Nutmeg Book Group will meet to discuss one of the nominees. The first meeting is Wednesday, Febraury 29th. We'll discuss The Potato Chip Puzzles.

Come into the children's library today to start reading, and click below to see the full list!

UnBEARably Cute Books


 The New York Times Book Review recently profiled three new picture books about bears including Otto the Book Bear and Maudie and Bear. Whether they are of the grizzly, polar, or teddy variety, we love picture books about bears! Here are a few of our very favorite bear stories:

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