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Elephant and Piggie Bust a Move

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! 


Diary of a Wimpy Kid #7

Attention Wimpy Kid fans!  Love is in the air--but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?  A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school is about to turn his world upside down.

The seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series won't be released until November 13, 2012, but it's not too early to get your name on the library's waiting list!  Click here to go the on-order record, and place your hold on The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney.


Staff Pick of the Month

At the beginning of each month one of the Children's staff members at the Main Library or the Indian Creek Branch pick one of their favorite books as our Staff Pick of the Month.  The Staff Pick is featured on our Good Books web page.  It may be a picture book or a chapter book, an easy reader or a nonfiction book, a new book or an old favorite.  We just like sharing some of the best kids' books in our library.

This month's pick is the 2012 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award-winning picture book I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.  Watch the delightful book trailer below.


William Allen White Award Winners 2012

Young readers across the state of Kansas have once again voted for their favorite nominated book to win the William Allen White Children's Book Award.  The votes have been counted, and the results are in!

The winner in the 3rd - 5th grade category is 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass.

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The winner in the 6th - 8th grade categroy is Confetti Girl by Diana López.

After the death of her mother, Texas sixth-grader Lina's grades and mood drop as she watches her father lose himself more and more in books, while her best friend uses Lina as an excuse to secretly meet her boyfriend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see next year's 2012-13 William Allen White Award nominees for 3rd - 5th graders, click here.


Happy Birthday, Bill Martin, Jr.

Today is Bill Martin, Jr.'s birthday.  The late Mr. Martin is probably best known as the author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  He wrote or co-wrote more than 300 books.

                                        

Did you know Bill Martin, Jr. was a native Kansan?  He was born in Hiawatha, Kansas on March 20, 1916.  He grew up in Hiawatha, attended college in Emporia, and taught high school in Newton and St. John.  As a child the author had difficulty reading.  Books first came alive for him when his 5th grade teacher read aloud to the class twice every day.  Enthusiastic about helping other children learn to read, he went on to earn a doctorate degree in early childhood education from Northwestern University.

The Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award was established in his honor in 1966 by the Kansas Reading Association.  This distinguished book award is awarded annually to an outstanding picture book.  The 2012 winning book is Snow Dog's Journey by Loretta Krupinski.  Click here to see winners from previous years. 

Why not celebrate this beloved Kansas author's birthday by reading a good book?  Stop by one of the Olathe libraries, and we'll help you find one!


World Records and More

Who is the world's tallest man?  That would be Sultan Kösen of Turkey who stands at 8 feet 3 inches tall.  Wow!  How about the oldest person?  Jeanne Louise Calment of France died in 1997 at the ripe old age of 122 years 164 days.  That would be a lot of birthday candles!  Who is the first author to ever become a billionaire?  J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books.  Which athlete has won the most Olympic gold medals?  Swimmer Michael Phelps has won a whopping total of 14 gold medals!  How big is the world's largest whoopee cushion?  Would you believe 10 feet in diameter?  These are just a few of the fun facts that can be found in the Guinness World Records 2012 edition.

If you're a fan of Guinness World Records, here are a few other books you might enjoy:

Ripley's Believe It or Not: Enter If You Dare! by Geoff Tibballs

Ultimate Weird But True (a National Geographic Kids book)

The Top 10 of Everything

The Factastic Book of 1001 Lists by Russell Ash

Pick Me Up: Stuff You Need to Know

So if Guinness World Records is checked out the next time you look for it at the library, give one of these other books a try.  You won't regret it!


Wonderstruck at the American Museum of Natural History

Wonderstruck is the latest book from Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of the Caldecott award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret (on which the Oscar-nominated film Hugo is based).  If you've read Wonderstruck, you know that much of the story takes place within the walls of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  In the video below Brian Selznick leads us on a behind-the-scenes tour of this fascinating place.  You'll recognize a number of objects and scenes from his wonderful book.


2012 Award Winners

The winners of the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott awards have been announced.  The Newbery medal was awarded to author Jack Gantos for Dead End in Norvelt.  The Caldecott medal was awarded to illustrator Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy.  Congratulations to both of these men who have given us many great children's books. 

Below is the list of award winners and honor books along with some other award winners.  A special note of congratulations goes out to local Kansas City author/illustrator Shane Evans who won the Coretta Scott King illustrator award for his book Underground.

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER  (Author)

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER  (Illustrator)

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS

Blackout by John Rocco
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

GEISEL AWARD  (Easy Reader)

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider

SIBERT MEDAL  (Nonfiction)

Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD  (African American author)

Heart and Soul by Kadir Neslon

CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR AWARD  (African American illustrator)

Underground by Shane W. Evans

BELPRÉ AUTHOR AWARD  (Latino author)

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR AWARD (Latino illustrator)

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh


What's New?

Are you someone who always likes to know the latest and greatest new books and movies the library has acquired?  Well, our web catalog makes it as easy as pie.  All it takes is a few clicks.

 

1.  From anywhere on our website move your mouse over EXPLORE on the menu bar and then click NEW TITLES on the drop-down menu.

 

2.  At the bottom of the next screen you can click on Children's Fiction, Children's Non-fiction, Children's Movies, or Children's Music to see the latest added materials in these categories.

 

That's all there is to it.  You can then browse titles, place holds, add to your "For Later" shelf, or whatever you want.  Like I said, it's as easy as pie.


Christmas Favorites

Ready or not, Christmas is just around the corner.  The holiday season is a great time to snuggle up together and share a good book as a family.  Here are a few of my favorite Christmas books.

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck

This is the story of a farm boy who gives his father a very special gift from the heart on Christmas morning. The illustrations in this edition of the touching tale capture the feeling of a simpler (but not easier) time.

Night Tree by Eve Bunting

This is a warm story of a family who makes a pilgrimage into the woods each Christmas to decorate a tree for the wild animals.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

A widow and her young son ask Mr. Toomey, a gruff but gifted woodcarver, to carve them the figures for a Christmas creche.

The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco

During a scarlet fever epidemic one winter in Michigan, a Jewish family helps make Christmas special for their sick neighbors by making their own Hanukkah miracle. Based on a memory from the author's childhood.

The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser

Okay, this isn't a Christmas book, but it's a great holiday story celebrating the joy of giving and reaching out to our neighbors.  As Rachel and her mother are busy with preparations for the Hanukkah celebration, Rachel is determined to find a way to convince their lonely elderly neighbor to share the holiday with them.

Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon

Based upon true events of World War I, this book tells the extraordinary story of a Christmas Eve on the battlefields of France when British and German soldiers declared an inpromptu Christmas truce and celebrated the holiday together.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

In this hilarious chapter book the Nativity story will never be the same when the six unruly Herdman children decide to take part in the church's annual Christmas pageant.  Funny and touching.


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