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2010 William Allen White Award Winners

The votes have been counted and the winners have been announced! 

howtostealadog2The winning title for 3rd - 5th graders is How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor.  Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina feels desperate to improve their situation.  Unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, Georgina persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.cracker

 

 The winning title for 6th - 8th graders is Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata.  This is a stirring, realistic story of America's war in Vietnam, using the alternating viewpoints of an army "bomb sniffing" dog named Cracker and her 17-year-old handler, Rick.

 

Top 100 Children's Novels

I recently ran across a list of "Top 100 Children's Novels" on a blog on the School Library Journal website.  The blogger invited readers to submit top100their ten favorite chapter books in order.  She received 366 lists from teachers, students, and librarians and then compiled the Top 100 list based upon these responses.  The results are listed below. 

#1          Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
#2          A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
#3          Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
#4          The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
#5          From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L.
               Konigsburg
#6          Holes by Louis Sachar
#7          The Giver by Lois Lowry
#8          The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
#9          Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
#10       The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
#11       The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
#12       The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
#13       Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
#14       Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
#15       Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
#16       Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
#17       Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
#18       Matilda by Roald Dahl
#19       Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
#20       Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
#21       Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riodan
#22       The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
#23       Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#24       Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
#25       Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
#26       Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
#27       A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett
#28       Winnie-the Pooh by A.A. Milne
#29       Alice's Adventures in Wonderland /Alice Through the Looking Glass 
              by Lewis Carroll
#30       The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
#31       Half Magic by Edward Eager
#32       Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
#33       James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#34       Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
#35       Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
#36       Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
#37       Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
#38       Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
#39       When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
#40       The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
#41       The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
#42       Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#43       Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
#44       Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
#45       The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
#46       Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
#47       Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
#48       The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a 
             Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
#49       Frindle by Andrew Clements
#50       Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
#51       The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
#52       The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
#53       Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
#54       The BFG by Roald Dahl
#55       The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
#56       Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
#57       Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
#58       The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
#59       Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
#60       The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
#61       Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
#62       The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroline Keene
#63       Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
#64       A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
#65       Ballet Shoes by Noah Streatfeild
#66       Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
#67       Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
#68       Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
#69       The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
#70       Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
#71       A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
#72       My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
#73       My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
#74       The Borrowers by Mary Norton
#75       Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
#76       Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
#77       City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
#78       Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
#79       All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
#80       The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
#81       Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
#82       The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
#83       The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
#84       Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
#85       On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#86       Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
#87       The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
#88       The High King by Lloyd Alexander
#89       Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary
#90       Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
#91       Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
#92       Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
#93       Caddie Woodlawn by C. R. Brink
#94       Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
#95       Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
#96       The Witches by Roald Dahl
#97       The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
#98       Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
#99       The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
#100     The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

How many of these books have you read?  Did your favorite chapter book make the list?  If you're looking for a good book to read, I'm sure you couldn't miss with any of these notable titles.

Madame Ambassador

kpatersonDid you know there is a National Ambassador
for Young People's Literature?  The Library of Congress recently named children's author Katherine Paterson as the new ambassador.
Ms. Paterson is the two-time Newbery award-winning author of such books as Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved.  She has also won the National Book Award twice.  

Paterson will serve a two year term as ambassador working to raise national awareness of the importance of young people's literature.  She has chosen "Read for Your Life" as the platform during her ambassadorship.  She is succeeding the first children's ambassador, Jon Scieszka, author of such classics as The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.  Congratulations Ambassador Paterson!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie

You've read the books. Now you can see the movie!  The film version of Jeff Kinney's wildly popular book Diary of a Wimpy Kid hits theaters on Friday,
March 19.  Watch the trailer here:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie.

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Read Any Good Books Lately?

kids_dog_no_starsWhat was the last good book you read?  We'd love to hear about it.  Click here to tell us a little bit about the book, and we'll post your review on our Kid Picks page.  (We will only use your first name and grade when posting your review.)  Our Kid Picks page is a great place to find out what other kids are reading and to share with others what you are reading.

And the Winner Is...

whenyoureachmeThe winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  In this book twelve-year-old Miranda encounters shifting friendships, a sudden punch, a strange homeless man and mysterious notes that hint at knowledge of the future.  These and other seemingly random events converge in a brilliantly constructed plot.

Four books were chosen as Newbery Honor books:  Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.

lionandmouseThe winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal is
The Lion and the Mouse written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.  In glowing colors, Pinkney's textured watercolor illustrations masterfully portray the relationship between two very unlikely friends in this virtually wordless retelling of Aesop's classic fable.

Two titles were named Caldecott Honor books:  All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee and written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Joyce Sidman.

Other 2010 award winners include:

Geisel Award:  Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes
Coretta Scott King Author Award:  Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award:   My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr. and written by Langston Hughes
Belpre Author Award:  Return to Sender by Julie Alvarez
Belpre Illustrator Award:  Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day illustrated by Rafael Lopez and written by Pat Mora
Sibert Medal:  Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

New Mystery Series

januaryjokerAre you a fan of the A to Z Mysteries or the Capital Mysteries?  Then you'll be interested to know that author Ron Roy has a brand new series called Calendar Mysteries.  These books feature the younger siblings of the kids from the A to Z Mysteries.  So far only the first two titles in this series have been released, but there will surely be ten more to come!

Reading - A Family Holiday Tradition

Doesn't it seem like all the grown-ups are complaining about how busy and stressful life is during the holiday season?  Everyone is rushing about to family_readingand fro---baking, shopping, decorating, sending cards, attending special events...  Why not take a break from all the madness and read a book together as a family?  Make it a part of your holiday traditions.  Below are a few of my favorite Christmas books, perfect for sharing together.

 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
The widow McDowell and her seven-year-old son Thomas ask the gruff Jonathan Toomey, the best wood-carver in the valley, to carve the figures for a Christmas creche.

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
On Christmas Eve a man recalls the holiday many years ago when he gave his father, a struggling farmer, a most-appreciated gift by rising extra early to do his father's biggest chore---the milking.

Night Tree by Eve Bunting
A family makes its annual pilgrimage to decorate an evergreen with food for the forest animals at Christmastime.

The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
During a scarlet fever epidemic one winter near Union City, Michigan, the grandparents in a Jewish family help make Christmas special for their ailing Christian neighbors by making their own Hanukkah miracle.  Based on a memory from the author's childhood.

Christmas in the Country by Cynthia Rylant
In this nostalgic story, a girl reflects on Christmas at her grandparents' home in the country, with its fresh-cut tree, handmade ornaments, gifts from Santa, and special church services.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
This book's young narrator, whose mother is saddled with directing the church's annual Christmas pageant, becomes newly aware of the season's true meaning after the horrible Herdmans, a family of truly terrifying brats, bully themselves into the major roles of the pageant.  This chapter book is a perfect holiday read aloud filled with humor and heart.

Holiday Staff Picks 2009

bookbowOnce again the Children's staff at the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch have compiled a list of some of our favorite books from the last year---with maybe a few old favorites thrown in for good measure.  If you are looking for a special book to give that special child on your holiday shopping list, we hope you might consider some of our staff picks.  We've tried to select a wide variety of books for all different age levels:  picture books, chapter books, easy readers, nonfiction, poetry, and more.  You're sure to find just the right book for your holiday giving.

All of the books on our Holiday Staff Picks list will be on display at both Olathe libraries through the end of the year.  The books on display cannot be checked out, but we're always happy to request any titles for you.  Click here to see the list.  Copies of the list may also be picked up at the Children's Deparment.

Spooky Poems & Songs

Halloween is just around the corner.  What better time to read a spooky poem or two?

"Mary Had a Vampire Bat"
by Judy Sierra (from the book Monster Goose)

vampireMary had a vampire bat.
His fur was black as night.
He followed her to school one day
And promised not to bite.
She brought him out for show-and-tell;
The teacher screamed and ran.
And school was canceled for a week,
Just as Mary planned.

"The Goblin"
by Jack Prelutsky (from the book It's Halloween)

goblinThere's a goblin as green
As a goblin can be
Who is sitting outside
And is waiting for me.
When he knocked on my door
And said softly, "Come play!"
I answered, "No thank you,
Now please, go away!"
But the goblin as green
As a goblin can be
Is still sitting outside
And is waiting for me.

Or how about a creepy song?

"Home of the Strange"
( to the tune of "Home on the Range")
words by Kelly DiPucchio (from the book Sipping Spiders Through a Straw)

ghostOh, give a me a home
where the Boogie Men roam,
where the ghosts and the green goblins play.
Where there aren't any phones,
only grunts, shrieks, and moans
and the flies are all welcome to stay.
Home, home of the strange,
where the feared and the freaks come to play.
Where the stench in the air,
comes from goon underwear
and the kids are all pasty and gray.

For more spooky, creepy fun try Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich or Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex, Monster Motel by Douglas Florian, Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam, and The Scary Book by Joanna Cole.

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