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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 4 years ago
  • (25 items)

Spring Stories

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

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
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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)

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.

  • Last Updated 10 months ago
  • (45 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.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (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.

  • Last Updated 10 months ago
  • (60 items)

Do You Believe in Magic

Looking for a magical picture book to share with your child at storytime? Look no farther! Darien Children's Library has all the princesses, dragons, mermaids, and unicorns you could ever desire.

  • Last Updated 9 months ago
  • (21 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 9 months 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 9 months ago
  • (92 items)

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!

  • Last Updated 7 months ago
  • (29 items)

Earth Day: Digital Edition

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

  • Last Updated 7 months ago
  • (23 items)

Hoppy Easter: Digital Edition

Celebrate Easter with these hop-tastic reads!

  • Last Updated 7 months ago
  • (13 items)

Sweet Dreams: Digital Edition

Check out these great reading suggestions to mix up your bedtime routine!

  • Last Updated 6 months ago
  • (18 items)

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Digital Edition

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

  • Last Updated 6 months ago
  • (29 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 6 months ago
  • (15 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 6 months ago
  • (20 items)

Helping Heroes: Digital Edition

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

  • Last Updated 5 months ago
  • (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.

  • Last Updated 6 months ago
  • (19 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!

  • Last Updated 6 months ago
  • (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 5 months ago
  • (61 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 5 months 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.

  • Last Updated 5 months ago
  • (18 items)

Summertime When the Weather is Hot

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

  • Last Updated 5 months ago
  • (24 items)

2020 Pre-Reader Summer Reading Suggestions

Not sure where to start when selecting books for your Read to Me Club challenge this summer? Try one of these great librarian recommendations!

  • Last Updated 5 months ago
  • (27 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 4 months 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 3 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 4 months 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 4 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
  • (27 items)

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with these librarian recommendations.

  • Last Updated 2 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 2 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.

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • (20 items)

What Makes A Hero

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

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • (18 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 1 month 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 1 month ago
  • (58 items)

Native American Heritage Month

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

  • Last Updated 1 week ago
  • (26 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 3 weeks ago
  • (36 items)

Great Big Stories for Little Dinos

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

  • Last Updated 2 weeks ago
  • (21 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 4 days ago
  • (37 items)

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