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Our Children's Bookshelf is updated each month with a curated list of exciting reads, compiled by a trusted librarian from one of Connecticut's invaluable public libraries.  

Children's Bookshelf - January 2020

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Mystery at the Library
by Shana Shea

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.


Jeannie Houdini: a Hamster’s Tale
by Mary-Ann Stouck

Having a pet can be a lot of work, especially when Sophia and her older siblings Martina and Mateo’s pet hamster, Jeannie, continues to escape from her cage. Sophia is determined to solve the mystery of Jeannie’s continued escapes.


King & Kayla and the Case of Found Fred
by Dori Hillestad Butler

King, the golden retriever, works with his owner Kayla to solve the mystery of a missing dog


The Binder of Doom: Boa Constructor
by Troy Cummings 


Machine parts are going missing and Alexander, Rip and Nikki are monster hunters afraid that something bad is being built with all the machine parts. Using the summer maker program at the library, they hope to solve the mystery and stop a monster.


Who is the Mystery Reader?
by Mo Willems


In classic Mo Willems style, Zoom Squirrel and the mystery reader learn all about books


The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery
by Dave Shelton


This British import tells the story of Daphne, a girl with a bit of a troubled past, who’s off to an exclusive girls’ boarding school. When Daphne gets a position as a library assistant, she gets a lot more excitement than she expected.


Mr. Lemoncello’s All-star Breakout Game
by Chris Grabenstein


This latest installment in the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series involves Kyle and his team working together to win a new television game show.


Catch Me: A Seek-and-Find Book
by Anders Arhojn


With a little prompt (that a cat is hiding from a dog), this picture book is a crazy fun opportunity to tell your own story, search for the cat and see what else you can uncover.

Events at the Windsor Public Library

If your children love mysteries, we have some upcoming programs perfect for them.


On Wednesday, February 19 we will have our annual Mystery at the Library program for ages 6-11 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Registration required.


On Monday, April 13 children, ages 8 to 11, can sign up to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library with our April Vacation Week escape room program from 2–3 p.m. Registration required. 


Registration for Windsor Public Library programs can be done in person, over the phone or online at The Windsor Public Library is located at 323 Broad Street. 

Shana Shea is the Head of Children’s Services at Windsor Public Library.

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