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Sweet Dreams: Picture Book Recommendations

Are you beyond tired of reading the same picture books night after night, simply because they’re the only ones you have? We might not be open physically, but the Children’s Library still has lots of great picture book recommendations you can access via OverDrive and Hoopla! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Reading Recommendations: New Books in the Children's Library

If you’re on the hunt for something new and exciting, look no further! You can find a complete list of new releases hitting the Children’s Library in August here, but below I’ve highlighted some of my personal favorites:

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Best Books for Babies and Toddlers

The _Best Books for Babies and Toddlers_ is a recommended reading list compiled by the Darien Library Children's Librarians and made possible by the Phil A. Petitt Memorial Fund. Phil Petit was a great storyteller as well as a man of indomitable spirt whose love of life was felt by all who knew him. The collection is dedicated to his grandchildren: * Samantha, Lizzie, and Davy Choos * Aless ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
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Best Books for Preschoolers

The _Best Books for Preschool Children_ is a recommended reading list compiled by the Darien Library Children's Librarians and made possible by the Phil A. Petit Memorial Fund. Phil Petit was a great storyteller as well as a man of indomitable spirt whose love of life was felt by all who knew him. The collection is dedicated to his grandchildren: * Samantha, Lizzie, and Davy Choos * Alessan ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
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Valentine's Day Books

Books to LOVE this Valentine's Day!

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Spring Stories

Spring has sprung! Celebrate springtime with these refreshing read alouds for all ages.

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Best of 2018: Picture Books

Our picks for the best pictures books of 2018!

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Be Kind: Books for Birth to 5

If you're looking for books to encourage kindness, unity, and peace, you've come to the right place! Below you'll find an ever-expanding list of some of our favorite titles geared toward children birth-5.

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New Children's Books: December 2019

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the twelfth month of 2019.

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  • (18 items)

Youth Media Awards 2020

The American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards this week. Check out this list of notable books for children and young adults, or check [ALA's website](http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2020/01/american-library-association-announces-2020-youth-media-award-winners) for a complete run-down of the winners.

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New Children's Books: February 2020

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the second month of 2020.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (47 items)

New Children's Books: March 2020

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the third month of 2020.

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Staff Picks for Small Fries: Digital Edition

Looking for books to enjoy with your preschooler? Here’s a list of titles we’ve selected just for you!

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Social Justice for Kids

"To counter racist socialization and racial bias, experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible.” - [The Conscious Kid](https://dar.to/2zHGsMX) The titles on this list are geared toward a variety of ages and address issues of racism and social justice, with a focus on resistance and resilience.

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New Childrens Books: May 2020

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the fifth month of 2020.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (30 items)

New Children's Books: June 2020

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the sixth month of 2020.

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New Children's Books: July 2020

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the seventh month of 2020.

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New Children's Books: August 2020

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the eighth month of 2020.

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Just the Facts, Please

Looking for a great nonfiction title to share with your curious kid? Check out these librarian recommendations!

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New Children's Books: September 2020

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the ninth month of 2020.

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Cozy Fall Reads

Fall is just around the corner. Here are some of our favorite sweater-weather reads for kids and families.

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What Makes A Hero

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, as these great librarian-recommendations show!

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New Children's Books: October 2020

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the tenth month of 2020.

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Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with one of these librarian recommendations.

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Great Big Stories for Little Dinos

Looking for some books to share with your budding paleontologist? Check out these librarian recommendations.

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New Children's Books: December 2020

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the twelfth month of 2020.

  • Last Updated 9 months ago
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New Children's Books: January 2021

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the first month of 2021.

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  • (67 items)

New Children's Books: February 2021

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the second month of 2021.

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • (44 items)

New Children's Books: March 2021

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the third month of 2021.

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  • (59 items)

New Children's Books: April 2021

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the fourth month of 2021.

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  • (47 items)

New Children's Books: May 2021

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the fifth month of 2021.

  • Last Updated 4 months ago
  • (53 items)

New Children's Books: July 2021

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the seventh month of 2021.

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New Children's Books: August 2021

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the eighth month of 2021.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Newborns

Reading is one of the very best ways to improve a child's vocabulary, and babies start learning words almost as soon as they're born! Very young infants do best with books with bold colors, photos of other babies, or stark black and white. These images are easier for their developing eyes to see, and will catch their interest more. Once your baby can grasp, board books are a great way to le ...

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Older Babies

As your baby grows, they will interact more with you while you read together. Hold your child in your lap and encourage them to explore the book that you are sharing. They might put the book in their mouth, turn the pages, or point at objects. Sturdy board books are perfect for this hands-on exploration and are easier for tiny hands to hold. Children this age enjoy pictures of real faces and ...

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Toddlers

At this age, your toddler is likely very active! They enjoy books with lots of movement and actions. Continue reading while your child plays as they are often still listening. Toddlers may have favorite books and songs that they enjoy listening to again and again. This repetition is great because it helps your child build an understanding and master new skills.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Preschoolers

During your child's preschool years, they start to develop a longer attention span. Try reading books with longer plots and simple concepts such as letters, numbers, colors, and opposites. Children at this age often become more talkative, express themselves creatively, and try to be more independent. Encourage them in these behaviors to develop their growing self-esteem.

  • Last Updated 4 days ago
  • (10 items)

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