Hey kids, have you read any good books lately? We'd love to hear about them. Go to the Kid Picks page of our website and click the Submit your own review link. (The Kid Picks link can always be found near the bottom of our Good Books page.) You can then tell us about that terrific book you read, and it's a great way to let other kids know about really good books. Be sure you don't give away any spoilers in your review! We look forward to hearing about some of your favorite books.
As the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers disappear, the holiday season is in full swing. If you are looking for a special gift for a young person on your shopping list, we'd like to recommend some good books for you to consider. Each year the Children's Services staff at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch compile a list of some of our favorite books from the past year along with some old favorites. Our list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles. Click here to download a copy of our picks list, or pick up a copy at either Olathe library. Both libraries also have copies of the books on display for you to peruse. However, the copies on display will not be available for check out until after the end of the year. We are always happy to see if copies might be available from another library and request any titles for you. We hope you'll take time during the busy holiday season to read together as a family. Give the gift of reading.
Hey Wimpy Kid fans! The eighth book in Jeff Kinney's popular series comes out today! The title is Hard Luck, and the cover is chartreuse (yellowish green). Greg Heffley is on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
We currently have two Hot Pick copies on our shelves, but those are sure to be snatched up quickly. If you'd like to get on the waiting list, you can place a hold through our web catalog or you can give the library a call. All we'll need is your library card number.
The young readers of Kansas have cast their votes, and the ballots have been counted. The winner of the 2013 William Allen White Award for 3rd - 5th graders is Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings. This book tells the story of a boy who wanted a dog but got a guinea pig instead.
The winner of the 2013 William Allen White Award for 6th - 8th graders is Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret. This book recounts what happens when a boy starts caring for a dog left chained in frigid weather with no food, water or shelter.
Congratulations to this year's winners!
Acclaimed children's author E. L. Konigsburg passed away on April 19, 2013. Konigsburg was the author of such beloved books as From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The View from Saturday. Ms. Konigsburg is one of only five authors to win the Newbery Medal twice, and she is the only author to ever win a Newbery Medal (for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) and a Newbery Honor (for Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth) both in the same year. She seemed to be fond of long titles, huh?
She wrote twenty books, almost half of which she also illustrated. Her smart and funny books often dealt with outsiders and young people searching for independence and adventure. She once said: ''I think most of us are outsiders. And I think that's good because it makes you question things.''
For the curious among us, the E in her name stood for Elaine, and the L stood for Lobl which was her maiden name. The author is survived by two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren. She will be missed in the world in the children's literature.
Click the image below to see a list of E. L. Konigsburg books available through the library.
It's one of the biggest days of the year for fans of books for young people. This morning the 2013 winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals were announced along with a slew of other awards. So without further delay, here are the winners (and honor books).
NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Three Time Lucky by Sheila Turnage
CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER
This Is Not My Hat illustrated and written by Jon Klassen
CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS
Creepy Carrots illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenksi, written by Mary Logue
Click here to see a complete listing of other award winners for 2013, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (for most distinguished easy reader book), the Coretta Scott King Award (honoring African American authors and illustrators), the Pura Belpré Award (honoring Latino authors and illustrators), and other distinguished book awards for children and young adults.
Congratulations to all the winners! I think we, the readers, are the real winners for having all these wonderful books to read.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Caldecott honors (runners-up) are also often awarded. The first medal was given out in 1938 to Dorothy Lathrop for the book Animals of the Bible. Last year's Caldecott winner was Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy. The winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal will be announced on January 28. Who do you think should win this year?
We invite you to join in celebrating 75 years of the Caldecott Medal by participating in the Caldecott Reading Challenge! See how many Caldecott winners and honor books you can read between January 1 - February 28, 2013. You can keep track of all the books you read on a piece of paper or pick up a form at the Olathe Public Library. After every ten books read, bring your list in to either Olathe library, and we will add your name to our Caldecott Wall of Honor. Keep reading until the Challenge ends.
- All ages are welcome to participate.
- No registration is required.
- All Caldecott Medal winners and honor books count.
- Books may be read together as a family or read individually.
Click here to find a complete listing of all Caldecott Medal winners and honor books from the past 75 years. How many Caldecott books will you read?
Looking for a good book to get you in the holiday spirit? The Children's Department has recently received some brand new books just in time for the holiday season.
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas
by Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel's quirky safety guide combines practical tips with step-by-step instructions for preparing for the worst during the holiday season of decorating, entertaining, and confronting fruitcake.
by David Biedrzycki
Santa Claus is tired of delivering toys and decides to retire to somewhere warm, but things do not work out as expected.
The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids
by Brendan Powell Smith
Here's a great book for the LEGO fan in your household. Revisit Bethlehem with Joseph, Mary, the three wise men, the angels and shepherds, and the baby Jesus—all illustrated in scenes created with LEGO bricks and figures.
Charlie and the Christmas Kitty
by Ree Drummond
Charlie, a bassett hound who considers himself to be "King of the Ranch," finds an unexpected Christmas gift under the tree.
Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama
by Selina Alko
A young girl relates how her family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, enjoying the rich traditions of both religions.
The Christmas Quiet Book
by Deborah Underwood
Illustrations and simple text explore the quiet moments of Christmas, such as searching for hidden presents, forgetting a line during a Christmas pageant, and listening for Santa's sleigh bells.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
by Jane Yolen
Here are a couple of holiday titles from the very popular
"How Do Dinosaurs..." series. Illustrations and rhyming text present some of the different ways a well-behaved dinosaur can celebrate Christmas and the eight days and nights of Chanukah.
These are just a few of the many holiday books available at the Olathe Public Library. Of course, during this time of year these books are in high demand, so you may have to get on a waiting list. If you need any help placing a hold on a title, just give us a call at the library, or come to the library and browse the shelves to see what's available.
Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us! That means it's time for the Chldren's staff at the Olathe Main Library and the Indian Creek Branch Library to compile our annual list of holiday staff picks. This is a list of some of our favortie children's books from the past year, along with a few of our old favorites. The list includes picture books, easy readers, chapter books, comics, and nonfiction titles for a variety of ages. Our hope is that this list might give you some gift ideas for the children on your holiday shopping list.
Cick here to see our Holiday Staff Picks for 2012. Beginning Monday, November 26, both Olathe libraries will have all the books on our picks list on display for your perusal. The books on display will not be available for check out, but we may have additional copies on the shelf or we will be happy to help you place holds to try to get the books from another library. We will also have printed lists of our staff picks available at the libraries.
So enjoy this holiday season. If things get a little too hectic and crazy, as they sometimes do, may I suggest you just drop everything and spend some time reading together as a family. The library has a great selection of Christmas and holiday books. Be sure to include a trip to the library on your list of seasonal errands. There's no better way to celebrate the season than with a good story.
Are you a fan of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems? Who isn't, right? I think they're the best things to happen to beginning easy reader books since Dr. Seuss! For even more Elephant and Piggie fun, click here to play the Elephant and Piggie Dance Game. Choose three dances for each character, such as the Twist and Snout, the Shakin' Bacon, the Funky Trunky, or the Elephant Slide. Then sit back and watch Elephant and Piggie get down and get funky!