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August 2020: Graphic Novels Galore

by Emily Mills, Cromwell Belden Public Library, Cromwell
In the past, graphic novels have often been given a bad rap with many not seeing them as “real books.” This couldn’t be further from the truth! Yes, graphic novels are full of pictures, but those images serve to teach children critical thinking, grab the attention of reluctant readers, bring the story to life and so much more. Graphic novels are excellent tools for teaching visual literacy in our increasingly visual society and, most importantly, they attract young readers like bees to honey. Below are some recently released graphic novels, sure to appeal to children of all ages.

June/July 2020: Imagine Your Story This Summer

by Deirdre Sullivan, Greenwich Library, Greenwich

Imagine your library. Some see the children’s room where their child took their first steps at story time, amidst rows of books, singing and laughter. Others see the learning lab where their child attended STEAM workshops and learned to code, knitted a scarf, or made their own paper-bag puppet. Maybe your family visited the library for book club discussions, homework help and music performances, or your child looked forward to sharing their favorite books with librarians and listen to their advice on what to read next.


May/June 2020: Emergent, Beginning & Early Readers: What Does It All Mean?

by Carly Lemire, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford

Do you have an emergent, beginning or early reader? All of these terms feel interchangeable and can make your head spin when school reading levels are thrown into the mix. Plus, publishers have produced their own ways to measure with MY FIRST READ, I CAN READ and more. It’s no surprise that we might not know where to begin.

April 2020: Buffet of Books

by Ashley Donecker, Manchester Public Library, Manchester

Who doesn’t love talking about food? From salads to donuts, these scrumptious stories have something for everyone!

March 2020: Turning Story Time into Art Class

by Audrey Heneage, New Canaan Library, New Canaan

One of my favorite things to do is to use the illustrations in a picture book to engage children’s creativity. Children’s book illustrators are incredible artists whose various techniques can be used to expose children to a range of artistic expression. By carefully choosing the level of the book and preparing materials appropriate for the age of the child, a successful experience can be had at most any age.

February 2020: Why Do We Read?

by Margaret Girgis, New Haven Free Public Library, New Haven

I think it is really important to consider this question when we are introducing children to books and to reading. Children, as we all know, are the masters of “Why?”; so before any lesson or experience, we should be ready with an answer to this very valid question. 

January 2020: Mystery at the Library

by Shana Shea, Windsor Public Library, Windsor

Suspense in literature, yes even children’s literature, is about capturing interest and creating anticipation. It’s important that the reader feels connected to the characters and what happens to them, whether the character is a dog, a girl, or a squirrel. What follows is a selection of varied, fun and suspenseful books for children of all ages.

December 2019: Warm Reads for a Snowy Day

by Debbie Brooks, The Brookfield Library, Brookfield

Along with holidays, celebrations and family traditions, December also brings snow to Connecticut! Families across the state get ready for snuggles, hot cocoa and good books to get them through the sometimes long, cold season. I hope you enjoy reading this selection of very special picture books that highlight the wonder and excitement of winter, as you keep warm with someone special.

November 2019: Small Acts of Kindness 

by Martha Simpson, Stratford Library, Stratford
Sometimes the world can be an unfriendly place. Reading books that demonstrate small acts of kindness can be comforting to children and the people who read with them. The following books feature diverse characters conducting simple acts of kindness throughout the year. Hopefully, these picture books will inspire readers to do good deeds for others, as well.

October 2019: Middle Reads from Another World 

by Suzanne Harrison-Thomas, Milford Public Library, Milford
Kids are naturally curious problem-solvers. They have an innate sense of justice. Friendships can be powerful, and growing up isn’t always easy. Reality can be confusing enough to navigate, but in these modern middle-grade fantasies full of adventure and intrigue, mistaken identities and parallel universes, our characters show us just what they’re made of as they deal with their own other-worldly circumstances. 

September 2019: Seasons Change

by Marcy Goldman, Hamden Public Library, Hamden
Most of us have a favorite season and we all associate distinct sounds, tastes and smells with each one. Whether you love the sand between your toes, the leaves changing color, or the crackling of a fire, here are some books that celebrate the wonders of all four seasons. 

August 2019: Gone Camping 

by Christine Ruocco, Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury
Summer is almost over, and soon we will be left with memories of beach trips, vacations and camping. For many kids, going to camp is the best part of the summer. These wonderful books are filled with adventure, mysteries and marshmallows, and will remind your kids of all the fun they had this summer.

July 2019: The Best of Middle Grade Reading 

by Nicole Dolat, Prosser Public Library, Bloomfield
Summer is the perfect time for savoring good books — reading best loved tales and discovering new books and genres. Here are a few excellent titles and series we hope to share with our grade 5-8 readers this summer.

June 2019: Blast Off to Summer Reading 

by Tamara Sines Lyhne and Stefanie Bergstrom, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield
Summer is upon us, YAY! With that comes EVERYONE’S favorite event: Fairfield Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge! Summer 2019 is guaranteed to be out of this world with the Universe of Stories theme. While you are waiting for lift-off, grab one of these stellar reads from the Fairfield Public Library or the Fairfield Woods Branch Library.

May 2019: Butterflies & Bees

by Angelina Carnevale, Guilford Free Library, Guilford
April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers mean butterflies and bees! I’ve collected mostly recent, but a few classic books on these two beautiful and buzzing bugs.

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