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Bookworms at Home: "A Bear Called Paddington"

Welcome to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Water Cycle

Welcome to the first of many Homeschool Play posts, a new resource for you to use to entertain and teach kids during this time of social distancing! ### The Water Cycle Today's post celebrates the water cycle! April showers bring May flowers, right? But what’s the science behind all those April showers? Introduce your kids to the water cycle with a few fun activities! ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Coronavirus Books for Kids

Extra, extra, read all about it! Hot off the presses, your Darien Librarians are here to bring you not one but TWO brand new free resources to teach your kids about the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19! ### First up:

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Family Art Party: Watercolor Eggs

We are so excited to introduce you to Family Art Party--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Preschool Art Party program! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Cafe

Merge pretend play and math practice in this fun family activity! Turn a play kitchen (or imaginary food!) into a cafe complete with a menu, servers, and play money for a morning of family fun that doubles as math time. To start, I prepped some play money--green construction paper turned into $1, $5, and $10 bills, but I used real coins to add an air of seriousness to our play.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Expand Your Learning: Lerner Distance Learning Library

Check out Lerner Digital’s Distance Learning Library! To help librarians, teachers and educators better aid students with remote learning, Lerner Publishing Group has made a selection of their digital products available for free through the end of June. All of the available titles are read-alouds, though you can choose not to utilize this featur ...

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

Homeschool Play: Insects and Arachnids

Hello again from the front lines of homeschooling! If you’re looking to engage a multi-age group of young kids, we have a fabulous series of activities today that will interest and excite your small crew. ### Insects and Arachnids Do you ever find yourself, a grown adult, feeling confused about the difference between insects and spiders? Well, prepare to learn along with your childr ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Storytelling

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Let’s start off the week by telling some stories. Storytelling is an ancient art form, practiced by our oldest ancestors--and yet we still enjoy stories today!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Bookworms at Home: "The Cat in the Hat"

Welcome back to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours! Today we’re bringing our creative efforts to Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in th ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Basic Chemical Reactions

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. We’re wrapping up this week with a series of basic chemical reactions that you can explore at home! ### Let’s Get Started! We started off the day by defining a chemical reaction. I relied heavily on the Kids Britannica defi ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Family Art Party: Spring Trees

Welcome back to Family Art Party--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Preschool Art Party program! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Fingerprint Letters

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re combining art and letter recognition!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Bookworms at Home: "Secret Pizza Party"

Welcome back to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours! Today we’re having a pizza party! What do you like on your pizza? Do you go for s ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Historical Fic Picks

Darien Library’s readers have a wide range of interests, and we love helping our patrons find that perfect next read. But within the Children’s Library, historical fiction is a perennial favorite. So here are a few of our favorite historical fiction titles, all available digitally via OverDrive or Hoopla, for your social distancing reading needs:

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

Homeschool Play: Patterns and Number Practice

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re turning preschool math into play by exploring patterns and playing a number recognition game! ### Let’s get started! You can practice patterns with all kinds of household items. Make patterns out of different colored books, draw patterns of shapes on paper, or make pa ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Painting Toys

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re practicing hand-eye coordination and some zen mess making by painting toys with finger paint!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Miss Humblebee's Academy Preschool Readiness

Welcome back to Homeschool Play! Today's extra special post features a free resource currently being offered by Gale, one of our many database resources. Through Gale, we are proud to offer free access to Miss Humblebee's Academy, a Preschool Readiness program created for kids ages 3 to 6.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Bookworms at Home: "Where the Wild Things Are"

Welcome back to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Amanda L. Goodman

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Did you know May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month? During May, we celebrate Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States - and one of our favorite ways to do that is to read books by and about Asian/Pacific Americans! We’ve created a great booklist you can reference for a variety o ...

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

Homeschool Play: Cabbage Chemistry

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re testing acids and bases using common household substances! Was anyone else’s favorite part of chemistry class the part where you got to test acids and bases using pH test strips? There was something so magical about watching the strip change colors, like it was giving me some secr ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Math Machine

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re making a simple toilet paper tube contraption to help your preschooler or early elementary school child practice addition!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Mystery Month Booklist

Did you know May is Mystery Month? The Children’s Library has some great recommendations for the super-sleuth in your life, a whole list of which you can find here. While all of the titles on this list are top-notch, here are just a few of our favorites:

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

Homeschool Play: Frozen Color Mixing

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re combining sensory play and color mixing with a hearty dose of play.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Wet Chalk Painting

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are creating a sensory invitation to play with water, chalk, and tree branches. This activity is drawn from the book Play, Make, Create by Meri Cherry, which contains many fabulous process-based art projects. The th ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Bookworms at Home: "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus"

Welcome back to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Mental Health Month Booklist

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and while we all struggle to find the time to support our own mental well being, we might not realize our children need the same care. According to the Child Mind Institute’s 2018 Children’s Mental Health Report, anxiety affects 30% of children and adolescents, but 80% never get help. Untreated, anxiety diso ...

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

Homeschool Play: Dancing Grains

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re playing with a new take on the old baking soda and vinegar experiment. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Family Art Party: Spring Chicks Watercolor

Welcome back to Family Art Party--the online version of our popular Preschool Art Party program. Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Monster Shapes

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are joining in to celebrate One Book, One Community by drawing our own monsters!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

This List is Anti-Racist

According to The Conscious Kid - a resource I highly recommend you check out - “experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible” to counter racial bias. Referencing title lists from a variety of sources, including The Conscious Kid and Soc ...

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

We Made a Monster: Monster Picture Books

Darien’s One Book One Community program has officially launched! While we have a lot of great book recommendations up on our main page for the event, here are a few of our favorite monster-themed stories for the youngest readers out there:

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

Mystery Monster Game

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are playing a simple game to engage the creativity of the whole family.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Social Justice Picture Books

A relatively recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) outlines the myriad ways racism negatively impacts the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and People of Color. While healthcare professionals are certainly in an ideal place to tackle racial inequality in our healthcare system, addressing racism can’t end ...

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

Pride Month Book Picks

June has arrived, and that means it’s time to pull out those Pride Month picks to share with your family! If you’re not quite sure where to start, we’ve got you covered with a list full of suggestions. Here, we’ve highlighted just a few of our favorites:

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

Read Me Next Booklist

Classics are classic for a reason: They’re generally well-loved and remembered fondly. But sometimes even the classics need a little update. So if you’re looking for some more modern reading alternatives to classic favorites, look no further! ...

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

Homeschool Play: Rock Matching

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are engaging in some low-key spatial learning for preschoolers by matching rocks!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Social Justice Books for Older Readers

Now more than ever, you may be considering the importance of diversifying your child’s reading selections. After all, reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy and compassion. Not only that, but in this particular moment in our history, reading books by and about people of color (particularly Black people) can aid in combating the racis ...

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

Summer Stories

The Summer Solstice was Saturday, June 20th, which means it’s officially time to roll out those warm-weather reads you’ve been craving! We have a great list of recommendations for children available on our Book Lists page, but I’ve highlighted some personal favorites here:

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

Summer Reading Fun: "Mananaland"

Welcome back to Summer Reading Fun, where we highlight some of our favorite Summer Reading books and show off fun extension activities to take your enjoyment of our list of Summer Reading books to the next level!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Summer Reading Fun: "The Oldest Student"

Welcome back to Summer Reading Fun, where we highlight some of our favorite Summer Reading books and show off fun extension activities to take your enjoyment of our list of Summer Reading books to the next level!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Starting Important Conversations

Resources to help families with important conversations. ### COVID-19 * [Talking with Children about COVID-19](https://dar.to/3demdE6 "Talking with Children about COVID-19") ### The News * [Offering Comfort](https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/comfort/) from the Sesame Street in Communities * [Helping Kids Navigate Scary News ](https://www.pbs.org/parents/thr ...

  • Last Updated 5 months ago
  • Erika (CL STAFF) Walston

Introducing Little Library Box

Experience the joy of the Children's Library at home! Our themed boxes have been curated by the Youth Services librarians to bring the experience of a library visit to your home. Every Little Library Box includes a new book to add to your personal collection along with two to ...

  • Last Updated 8 months ago
  • Storytimes Children's


STEAM Club Slime

Welcome to another installment of STEAM Club! This week, make a non-Newtonian fluid with our slime-making kit! The kit has everything you will need to make a classic batch of slime: glue, baking soda, contact solution (w/borax), and a stirring stick. Add a bit of water for a stretchier slime! Grab a kit in the Children's Room while supplies last! .embed-container { position: relative; ...

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Angela (CL STAFF) Perez

2017 Intermediate Nutmeg Nominees

The 2017 Intermediate Nutmeg Awards were announced on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Intermediate list is created for kids in grades 4-6. Which book do you think will win? Check out the list below and start reading today!

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Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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MMS Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids and Teens attending Middlesex Middle School. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Kids Classics

The books you loved growing up are the ones your parents loved and your child will love them too.

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Kids Books by or About Refugees and Immigrants

You can find these titles on both the F5 and the Kids Side of the Children's Library.

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Kids Books by or About Muslims

You can find these books on both the F5 and the Kids side of the Children's Library.

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Kids Books by or About Native Americans

You can find these books by or About Native Americans on both the F5 and the Kids Side of the Children's Library.

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Kids Books by or About LGBT

You can find these books on both the F5 and the Kids side of the Children's Library

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Kindergarten to Third Graders Book Club Choices

Select a book from our list of book club choices for first to third graders. Ask any Children's librarian for more information. ### Kids Book Club Kits * A book summary and five copies of the book * Discussion starters and questions * Further resources such as websites or extended reading opportunities * Borrow the Kit for three weeks ### Kids Book Club Guidelines * Check out the kit ...

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Fourth to Sixth Graders Book Club Choices

Select a book from our list of book club choices for first to third graders. Ask any Children's librarian for more information. ### Kids Book Club Kits * A book summary and five copies of the book * Discussion starters and questions * Further resources such as websites or extended reading opportunities * Borrow the Kit for three weeks ### Kids Book Club Guidelines * Check out the kit ...

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Mystery Reader Book Recommendations: Grades 3 and up

So you're visiting your child's classroom and reading them a story! Here are some recommendations for older kids.

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Mystery Reader Book Recommendations: Kindergarten to 3rd Grade

If you're headed into your child's classroom and need a book to read as a Mystery Reader, look no further. These are great read-alouds!

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Branch Books: Mystery and Sci-Fi

High Quality Stories on a Lower Reading Level (Hi-Lo). Great for children ages 9-12 who struggle with reading "at-level books" due to a reading disability.

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Branch Books: Adventure

High Quality Stories on a Lower Reading Level (Hi-Lo). Great for children ages 9-12 who struggle with reading "at-level books" due to a reading disability.

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Branch Books: Realistic Fiction

High Quality Stories on a Lower Reading Level (Hi-Lo). Great for children ages 9-12 who struggle with reading "at-level books" due to a reading disability.

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"Sound Challenge" Booklist

Books you need to know about to help make your "Sound Challenge" a success! *Note* These books are will be marked "Library-Use Only" during the assignment time frame.

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Valentine's Day Books

Books to LOVE this Valentine's Day!

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Kid Lit Picks for Black History Month

Great read alouds to celebrate the voices of African-American literature all year long!

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Black History Month Read Aloud Picks

Celebrate Black History Month with the whole family with these hand-picked titles.

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Tough Topics for Kids Booklist

Sometimes life brings us challenges that can be difficult to talk about with your child. Let a book help start the conversation.

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New Children's Books: March 2017

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 2017. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-to ...

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Spring Stories

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

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Children's Books on Autism

Stories about children with Autism for young readers.

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Favorite Children's Poetry Books

Some of our favorite children's poetry books include works from beloved poets such as Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Marilyn Singer.

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New Children's Books: May 2017

New Children's Books: May 2017 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 2017. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http:// ...

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Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominees

Here are the 2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominees! Which one is your favorite?

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2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominees

Here are the 2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominees. Which one will be your favorite?

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Celebrating Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Community

Books for all ages written by and about the trans* and gender nonconforming community.

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New Children's Books: July 2017

New Children's Books: July 2017 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 2017. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http ...

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New Children's Books: August 2017

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 2017. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-t ...

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New Children's Books: September 2017

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 2017. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-to ...

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Banned Books Bucket List

Join us in celebrating National Banned Books Week by reading a banned book during the week of September 24th through 30th. In fact, read a whole slew of banned books whenever you want. Here is a bucket list of banned books spanning everything from children books to YA novels to literary classics. Remember, words have power.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids and Teens 2017

The best gift suggestions from babies to teens! [Watch our video](https://dar.to/2B2Z3BK "Watch our video") or [download the PDF](https://dar.to/2jv5RxU "Download the PDF") which shows the complete list.

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2018 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, February 12, 2018. These awards include the **Newbery Medal** (for distinguished children's book writing), the **Printz** (for distinguished writing for teens), the **Caldecott Medal** (for distinguished illustrations), the **Seibert Award** (for distinguished non-fiction), and the **Geisel** (for distin ...

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2019 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominees

Here are the 2019 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominees. Which one will be your favorite?

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2019 Nutmeg Elementary Nominees

Here are the 2019 Nutmeg Elementary Nominees! Which one is your favorite?

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2018 Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2018 Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2018 Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was started in 1977 via Congressman Representative Frank Horton. In 1992, Congress formally designated May as [Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month](https://dar.to/2IGid51 "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month"). President Barack Obama issued a [proclamation](https://dar.to/2kgB9bM "proclamation") in 2009 which included the new name Asian American and Pacifi ...

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The Hate U Give Read-Alikes

The book _[The Hate U Give](https://dar.to/2ErWEDA)_ by Angie Thomas asks a lot of questions for teens and adults. Here are some books for younger children to help start those important family conversations.

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If You Like Out of My Mind

Did you love the book OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon Draper? Check out these middle grade books!

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Graphic Novels Raina Loves

Raina Telgemeier, author/illustrator of the graphic novel SMILE, recommends her favorite graphic novels! Check out the full list on her[ Twitter page. ](https://twitter.com/goraina/status/1072268841877565440)

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Best of 2018: Picture Books

Our picks for the best pictures books of 2018!

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Best of 2018: Beginning Readers

Our picks for the best beginning reader books of 2018!

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Best of 2018: Graphic Novels

Our picks for the best graphic novels of 2018!

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Best of 2018: Kids Fiction

Our picks for the best kids fiction books from 2018!

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Best of 2018: Kids Nonfiction

Our picks for the best kids nonfiction books of 2018!

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New Children's Books: February 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 second month of 2019.

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New Children's Books: March 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 third month of 2019

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YA Books for Middle Grade Readers

A list of Young Adults books that are also appropriate for the older Middle Grade reader.

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New Children's Books: April 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 fourth month of 2019.

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Children in Grades K-1 Reading at a 3rd Grade Level

A list designed to help adults recommend age appropriate titles that will challenge advanced readers. These books are from the booklist [READING BEYOND](https://www.cbcbooks.org/readers/reading-lists/reading-beyond/), chosen by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee.

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Children in Grades 2-3 Reading at a 5th Grade Level

A list designed to help adults recommend age appropriate titles that will challenge advanced readers. These books are from the booklist [READING BEYOND](https://www.cbcbooks.org/readers/reading-lists/reading-beyond/), chosen by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee.

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  • (30 items)

Children in Grades 4-5 Reading at a 7th Grade Level

A list designed to help adults recommend age appropriate titles that will challenge advanced readers. These books are from the booklist [READING BEYOND](https://www.cbcbooks.org/readers/reading-lists/reading-beyond/), chosen by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee.

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  • (28 items)

Mystery Books for ages 9-12

Great mystery stories for middle grade readers!

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New Children's Books: May 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 fifth month of 2019.

  • Last Updated 2 years ago
  • (21 items)

2020 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate Nominees

The 2020 Intermediate Nutmeg Awards were announced on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The Intermediate list is created for kids in grades 4-6. Which book do you think will win? Check out the list below and start reading today!

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  • (10 items)

2020 Nutmeg Book Award Elementary Nominees

The 2020 Elementary Nutmeg Awards were announced on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The Intermediate list is created for kids in grades K-3. Which book do you think will win? Check out the list below and start reading today!

  • Last Updated 2 years ago
  • (15 items)

2019 Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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  • (21 items)

2019 Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

  • Last Updated 2 years ago
  • (18 items)

2019 Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

  • Last Updated 2 years ago
  • (21 items)

New Children's Books: June 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 sixth month of 2019.

  • Last Updated 2 years ago
  • (12 items)

New Children's Books: July 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 seventh month of 2019.

  • Last Updated 2 years ago
  • (11 items)

New Children's Books: August 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 eighth month of 2019.

  • Last Updated 2 years ago
  • (16 items)

New Children's Books: September 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 ninth month of 2019.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (37 items)

New Children's Books: October 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 tenth month of 2019.

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  • (42 items)

Crack the Code

These adventure books will have the reader on the edge of their seat as they solve mysteries, race against time, and decode thrilling puzzles.

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Time Tourism

Jump into a time machine with these historical reads. Explore the past through exquisite details, realistic characters, and inspiring stories to put you in another person's shoes.

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  • (15 items)

Enchanting Worlds, Spellbinding Quests

Dragons, witches, unicorns--oh my! Journey into another world with these magical reads, filled with fantastic landscapes, mighty heroes, and the most enchanting spells.

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All The Feels

Grab a box of tissues and immerse yourself in these emotional and inspiring books with characters you want to befriend.

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  • (15 items)

New Children's Books: November 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 eleventh month of 2019.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (29 items)

Hilarious Kids

Get ready to laugh your way through these funny and witty reads that should get even the most serious reader to smile.

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  • (15 items)

Ferocious Fact Finders

Say goodbye to Wikipedia and discover amazing facts about the world around us in these non-fiction books! Warning: knowledge seekers may not be able to stop at just one book.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (19 items)

Be Kind: Books for School-Age Kids

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 school-age children.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (43 items)

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)

Reading with Your Eyes and Ears

Looking for books you can read and listen to at the same time? Check out this great list of titles the Children's Library has in print and audio format.

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  • (15 items)

Darien Library's Best of the Decade in Children's

What a great decade of books! It would be hard for us to decide our favorites so we put together a list of the twenty most popular items checked out over the past ten years. Starting in 2010, below you'll find the two most checked out children's titles by year.

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  • (20 items)

New Children's Books: January 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 first month of 2020.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (37 items)

Love Your Neighbor: Books about the Jewish Experience

In response to acts of domestic terrorism and rising anti-Semitism, the Association of Jewish Libraries created a series of book lists for young readers. The following titles are available in the Darien Children's Library.

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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.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (60 items)

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.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (92 items)

Ferocious Fact Finders: Digital Edition

Say goodbye to Wikipedia and discover amazing facts about the world around us in these non-fiction books! Warning: knowledge seekers may not be able to stop at just one book.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (16 items)

Hilarious Kids: Digital Edition

Get ready to laugh your way through these funny and witty reads that should get even the most serious reader to smile.

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All the Feels: Digital Edition

Grab a box of tissues and immerse yourself in these emotional and inspiring books with characters you want to befriend

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  • (15 items)

Enchanting Worlds, Spellbinding Quests: Digital Edition

Dragons, witches, unicorns--oh my! Journey into another world with these magical reads, filled with fantastic landscapes, mighty heroes, and the most enchanting spells.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (13 items)

Time Tourism: Digital Edition

Jump into a time machine with these historical reads. Explore the past through exquisite details, realistic characters, and inspiring stories to put you in another person's shoes.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (15 items)

Crack the Code: Digital Edition

These adventure books will have the reader on the edge of their seat as they solve mysteries, race against time, and decode thrilling puzzles.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (18 items)

Women's History Month: Digital Edition

Celebrate Women’s History Month with one of these great titles, all available through our digital collections.

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  • (15 items)

If Animals Could Talk: Digital Edition

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if animals could talk? Check out some of these great titles to see the sort of wackiness that would ensue!

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  • (24 items)

Family Quiet Time: Digital Edition

In desperate need of some peace and quiet? Check out one of these great e-audiobooks, perfect for a family storytime break.

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Is This Real Life: Digital Edition

Great realistic fiction recommendations for 4th and 5th graders.

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  • (38 items)

Make 'Em Laugh: Digital Edition

Funny fiction for 2nd and 3rd graders.

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  • (26 items)

Earth Day: Digital Edition

Celebrate Earth Day with one of these environmentally-focused reads.

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  • (23 items)

Tweenage Wasteland: Digital Edition

Recommendations for young fans of dystopian fiction.

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  • (16 items)

Poetry Month Picks: Digital Edition

Celebrate National Poetry Month with these collections and novels in verse.

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  • (15 items)

Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Digital Edition

Check out these great adventure stories geared toward school-age children.

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She Blinded Me with Science Fiction: Digital Edition

Great science fiction picks for 8-12 year olds.

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  • (13 items)

Holy Comics, Batman: Digital Edition

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with these great graphic reads, all available for free through the library’s digital collections.

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  • (32 items)

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with these librarian-recommended titles.

  • Last Updated 4 months ago
  • (43 items)

2021 Nutmeg Book Award Elementary Nominees

The 2021 Elementary Nutmeg Awards were announced on Friday, May 1, 2020. The Elementary list is created for kids in grades K-3. Which book do you think will win? Check out the list below and start reading today!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (15 items)

2021 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate Nominees

The 2021 Intermediate Nutmeg Awards were announced on Friday, May 1, 2020. The Intermediate list is created for kids in grades 4-6 Which book do you think will win? Check out the list below and start reading today!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (9 items)

New Children's Books: April 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 fourth month of 2020.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (20 items)

Mystery Month: Digital Edition

Celebrate Mystery Month with these librarian-recommended reads.

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  • (29 items)

Helping Heroes: Digital Edition

Not all heroes wear capes. Celebrate the helpers in your community with these great reads!

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  • (13 items)

Mental Health Awareness Month: Digital Edition

Take a moment to focus on your mental health and well-being with these great books for families and children.

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  • (19 items)

Pride Month Picks

Celebrate Pride Month with one of these fantastic rainbow reads!

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  • (36 items)

We Created a Monster: Digital Edition

Darien’s One Book One Community program starts up soon. Get into the spooky spirit with these great monster books!

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  • (22 items)

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.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (61 items)

2020 Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We told you all about some of these titles in our booktalk videos! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (14 items)

2020 Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We told you all about some of these titles in our booktalk videos! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (13 items)

2020 Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We told you all about some of these titles in our booktalk videos! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (14 items)

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)

World Refugee Day

June 20th is World Refugee Day. Here are just a few titles to help spark a discussion with your family.

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  • (18 items)

Darien Time Machine 3000: Then and Now

Need a great Then & Now title to complete your Summer Reading timeline? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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Darien Time Machine 3000: Historical Fiction

Need a great historical fiction title to complete your Summer Reading Timeline? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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Darien Time Machine 3000: Biographies

Need a great biography to complete your Summer Reading Timeline? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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Darien Time Machine 3000: Series Books

Need a great series title to complete your Summer Reading Timeline? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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Darien Time Machine 3000: Green Covers

Need a great book with a green cover to complete your Summer Reading Timeline? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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Darien Time Machine 3000: Graphic Novels

Need a great graphic novel to complete your Summer Reading Timeline? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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  • (26 items)

Summertime When the Weather is Hot

Summer is officially here! Celebrate with some of our favorite warm-weather reads for children 0-12.

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  • (24 items)

Don't You Forget About Me

Looking for an award-winning book your kids haven't already read? Check out this list of librarian recommendations, all of which have won a prestigious award or honor!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (28 items)

Listen to Me: Audiobook Recommendations

Need a good audiobook to keep the kids entertained? Check out these great librarian recommendations, available digitally via OverDrive or Hoopla, or physically in the Children’s Library.

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • (32 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.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (40 items)

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.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (24 items)

Binge-Worthy Books

Check out this list of reads we know you won’t be able to put down.

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • (24 items)

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.

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • (24 items)

Just the Facts, Please

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

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • (34 items)

Back-to-School Books

Check out this list for librarian-recommended titles all about starting or returning to school.

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • (27 items)

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with these librarian recommendations.

  • Last Updated 10 months ago
  • (37 items)

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.

  • Last Updated 10 months ago
  • (39 items)

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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  • (20 items)

What Makes A Hero

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

  • Last Updated 10 months ago
  • (18 items)

2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

The National Book Foundation announced the Longlist for the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature last week. Finalists will be revealed October 6th, but for now, here are the longlisted titles for children and teens.

  • Last Updated 8 months ago
  • (10 items)

Spine-Chilling Stories to Share

Whether you’re looking for something truly frightful or just want to celebrate the scary season, we’ve got you covered with these librarian recommendations.

  • Last Updated 9 months ago
  • (25 items)

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.

  • Last Updated 9 months ago
  • (58 items)

Native American Heritage Month

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

  • Last Updated 8 months ago
  • (26 items)

Staff Picks: Kindergarten-Second Grade

Looking for a great title to share with your child? Check out these librarian recommendations for kids in kindergarten to second grade.

  • Last Updated 9 months ago
  • (41 items)

Staff Picks: Third-Fifth Grade

Looking for a great title to share with your child? Check out these librarian recommendations for kids in third through fifth grade.

  • Last Updated 9 months ago
  • (33 items)

Modern Classics for Kids

Running out of classics to share with your children? Check out this list of librarian-recommended titles that are sure to be considered classics one day.

  • Last Updated 8 months ago
  • (21 items)

New Children's Books: November 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 eleventh month of 2020.

  • Last Updated 8 months ago
  • (36 items)

Feast Your Ears on These

Audiobook recommendations the whole family will enjoy.

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  • (19 items)

Veterans Day

Looking for a way to commemorate Veterans Day this year? Why not check out one of these librarian recommended titles?

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Librarian Recommendations: Kindergarten and First Grade

Looking for some great titles to share with your kindergartener or first grader? We've got some fantastic librarian recommendations, both old and new, we know you'll love!

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  • (24 items)

Librarian Recommendations: Second and Third Grade

Looking for some great titles to share with your second or third grader? We've got some fantastic librarian recommendations, both old and new, we know you'll love!

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  • (35 items)

Librarian Recommendations: Fourth and Fifth Grade

Looking for some great titles to share with your fourth or fifth grader? We've got some fantastic librarian recommendations, both old and new, we know you'll love!

  • Last Updated 8 months ago
  • (47 items)

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 8 months ago
  • (37 items)

Kids Video Games: Wii and Wii U

Looking for a video game the whole family will enjoy? You can find our complete list of Wii and Wii U games rated E and E10+ here, all of which are currently available via holds pick up.

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Kids Video Games: Xbox

Looking for a video game the whole family will enjoy? You can find our complete list of Xbox games rated E and E10+ here, all of which are currently available via holds pick up.

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Kids Video Games: PlayStation

Looking for a video game the whole family will enjoy? You can find our complete list of PlayStation games rated E and E10+ here, all of which are currently available via holds pick up.

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Kids Video Games: Nintendo Switch

Looking for a video game the whole family will enjoy? You can find our complete list of Nintendo Switch games rated E and E10+ here, all of which are currently available via holds pick up.

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Read It, Watch It

Books so great, they made them into movies!

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Hanukkah Books

Celebrate Hanukkah with these librarian-recommended titles.

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Kwanzaa Books

Celebrate Kwanzaa with these librarian-recommended titles.

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Christmas Books

Celebrate Christmas with these librarian-recommended titles.

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Nature in Winter

Some of our favorite Winter nature books, selected just for you.

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  • (14 items)

What Did I Miss - Best of 2020

2020 was an unprecedented year in many ways. You may not have had time to get through your TBR pile. Don't let 2020's unsung gems pass you by without a look. Check out a book you may have missed the first time around!

  • Last Updated 6 months ago
  • (27 items)

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.

  • Last Updated 6 months ago
  • (67 items)

Kids and Technology

Concerned about your child's use of technology, especially in our current distance-learning world? The library has a variety of books on kids and technology to help.

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  • (15 items)

Westward Expansion: Fiction Titles

Doing a project on Westward expansion? These titles are librarian-recommended and available digitally and/or physically through the library's collections. More resources can be found by visiting the [Western Expansion](https://www.darienlibrary.org/western-expansion) page of our website.

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  • (14 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 weeks ago
  • (44 items)

Children's 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/2021/01/ala-announces-2021-youth-media-awards) for a complete run-down of the winners.

  • Last Updated 5 months ago
  • (43 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.

  • Last Updated 2 weeks ago
  • (59 items)

Let's Talk About Consent

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and while this might not seem like a subject for children, having conversations about consent and boundaries from an early age can help instill a healthy understanding of body autonomy. If you're interested in tackling these topics with the children in your life, check out this list of librarian recommended fiction and non-fiction titles.

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  • (18 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)

Books by and About Neurodivergent People

April is Autism Acceptance Month, and in the Children's Library we're celebrating with some wonderful titles we know you'll love by and about neurodivergent people.

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Librarian Recommendations: K-2

Looking for some great titles to share with your kindergartener, first or second grader? We've got some fantastic librarian recommendations, both old and new, we know you'll love!

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  • (15 items)

Librarian Recommendations: 3-5

Looking for some great titles to share with your third, fourth or fifth grader? We've got some fantastic librarian recommendations, both old and new, we know you'll love!

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Bees, Wasps and Flies, Oh My

Learn about these amazing pollinators and why they're so important to the earth!

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  • (14 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 2 months ago
  • (53 items)

Staff Picks: Kindergarten-Second Grade

Looking for a great title to share with your child? Check out these librarian recommendations for kids in kindergarten to second grade.

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  • (43 items)

Staff Picks: Third-Fifth Grade

Looking for a great title to share with your child? Check out these librarian recommendations for kids in third through fifth grade.

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • (26 items)

2022 Nutmeg Book Award Elementary Nominees

The 2022 Elementary Nutmeg Awards were announced on Saturday, May 1st. The Elementary list is created for kids in grades K-3. Which book do you think will win? Check out the list below and start reading today!

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  • (15 items)

2022 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate Nominees

The 2022 Intermediate Nutmeg Award nominees were announced on Saturday, May 1st. The Intermediate list is created for kids in grades 4-6 Which book do you think will win? Check out the list below and start reading today!

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
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Books by and About Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, but Darien Library celebrates AAPI stories and experiences all year long. If you're looking for a great title to share with your children this month, be sure to check out this list of librarian recommendations.

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  • (36 items)

Stories of Resilience

Check out these librarian-recommended titles to demonstrate resilience, perseverance and hope to your child.

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2021 Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We told you all about some of these titles in our booktalk videos! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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  • (19 items)

2021 Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We told you all about some of these titles in our booktalk videos! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2021 Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We told you all about some of these titles in our booktalk videos! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Great Darien Road Trip: Books with Blue Covers

Looking for a book with a blue cover to complete your challenge? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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Great Darien Road Trip: Books in a Series

Looking for a series book to complete your challenge? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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Great Darien Road Trip: Books About Another State

Looking for a state book to complete your challenge? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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Great Darien Road Trip: Books About A New Topic

Looking for a book about a new topic to complete your challenge? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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Great Darien Road Trip: Graphic Novels

Looking for a graphic novel to complete your challenge? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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Great Darien Road Trip: Books About Someone Different Than You

Looking for a book about someone who looks or lives differently than you to complete your challenge? Try one of these librarian recommendations!

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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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