Read any good books lately?Â Hopefully, you are reading lots of great books this summer.Â If you haven't already, be sure to stop by either Olathe library and pick up a Summer Reading Club folder to keep track of all those books.Â Just write down the titles of everything you read and then return your folder to library between August 3-16 and get a free book!
Would you like to tell us about one of your favorite books?Â We'd love to hear about it.Â Click here to send us an online book review.Â Tell us what you liked about the book, and we will post it on our website.Â VisitÂ our Kid Picks page to see book reviews other kids have written.Â Maybe you'llÂ discover another good book to read this summer.
This year approximately 50,000 3rd-8th graders across the state of Kansas voted for their favorite book from the William Allen White Award nominees lists.Â AndÂ the 2009Â winners are:
3rd-5th grader winner---
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
6th-8th grade winner---
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
Congratulations to the authors of this year's award-winning books!Â If you'd like to get a head start on next year's reading, click here to find the list of 2009-2010 William Allen White nominees on our website.
The very first Superman comic everÂ came outÂ in June 1938.Â It sold for the whopping price of 10 cents.Â On March 14, 2009, over 70 years later, an original copy of this very same comic sold at auctionÂ for $317,200!Â Don't you wish you owned an original copy of that first Superman comic book?
The original Superman story was written by Jerry Siegel, and the artwork was done by Joe Schuster.Â If you would like to read more about Siegel and Schuster and how they came to create one of the most popular superheroes of all time, check out the book Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman.Â It's a bird!Â It's a plane!Â No, it's Superman!
Below is a "special guest" book review by Chris in the Circulation Department.
The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins is a five book series marketed for children, but don't let that shape your expectations.Â The intense and continually expanding plot combined with impressive emotional depth and superb characterizations can easily draw in readers of any age.
Eleven-year-old Gregor and his thoroughly likeable family find themselves caught up in the brutal struggles of a secret world miles beneath New York City. A civilized yet militaristic community of humans share the Underland with large and intelligent creatures, including loyal bats, ferocious rats, and surprisingly noble cockroaches. Time and again, Gregor takes part in increasingly deadly missions in hopes of maintaining a fragile peace. But to do so he must go against his own gentle nature by gradually taking on the role of a warrior.
While this series boldly and admirably addresses such profound issues as racism, loss, the lasting costs of war, and even genocide, what most impressed me was Gregor himself.Â Portrayed in a refreshingly realistic manner, Gregor is simply a great kid.Â Thoughtful, considerate, self-sacrificing, and determined, he carries the story squarely on his shoulders.Â Especially in the epic final installment, Gregor the Overlander shows how much an exceptional child may be willing to suffer, and to lose, for what he knows is right.
Are you a fan of Captain Underpants?Â Do you like Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot books?Â Is Dav Pilkey one of your favorite authors?Â ThenÂ I've got a website for you.Â You need to check out Dav Pilkey's Extra Crunchy Website o'Â Fun.Â YouÂ can find out all about Dav'sÂ books, read a cartoon biography of the author, play groovy games, and all kinds of fun stuff.
This is just one of the cool websites for kids on our Cool Sites web page.Â Check it out.
Do you have a favorite website that you think other kids would like?Â Send us a comment and let us know about it.Â We're always looking forÂ fun and excellentÂ websites.
Do you have any good princess books?Â Do you have any easy books about horses?Â Do you have any picture books about trains?Â Where are your counting books?Â Got any dragon stories with pictures?Â Here at the library we get questions like this all the time.
In order to help you find picture books on some of the more popular topics,Â we haveÂ posted a Picture Book Finder on our website.Â Here you will find a list of popularÂ topics along withÂ various concepts like numbers, letters, colors, etc.Â The titles are linked to our catalog so you can see if a book is available at your nearest library, and you can also place a hold on any title.
So the next time you are looking for a picture book about fairies or books about a new baby in the family, check out our Picture Book Finder.Â We hope you will find this to be a useful resource.
President Barack Obama promised his daughters they could get a puppy after the Presidential campaign was over.Â Many people have weighed in on what kind of dog they think would be best forÂ the first family.Â If it were up to you, what kind of dog would youÂ choose for Sasha and Malia?
There is a long history of pets in the White House.Â The Bushes had two Scottish terriers named Barney and Miss Beazley and a cat nicknamed Willie.Â Chelsea Clinton had a cat named Socks when her dad was President.Â But not all Presidential pets have been so conventional.Â Did you knowÂ Thomas Jefferson kept two grizzily bear cubs on theÂ White House grounds?Â Â John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the East Room.Â Abraham Lincoln's son had a pet turkey,Â and Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon named Rebecca.
You can read all about theÂ differentÂ pets thatÂ haveÂ resided in the White House in the book Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis.Â Yes, even Presidents love their pets.
The winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal has been announced, and the winner is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.Â The winner of the 2009Â Caldecott Medal is The House in the Night illustrated by Beth Krommes and written by Susan Marie Swanson.
Here isÂ the complete list of award winners and honor books:
Newbery Medal Winner
Â Â Â Â The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Caldecott Medal Winner
Â Â Â Â The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Beth
Â Â Â Â Krommes
Caldecott Honor Books
Â Â Â Â A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever written and illustrated by Marla
Â Â Â Â Frazee
Â Â Â Â How I Learn Geography written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
Â Â Â Â A River of Words by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner
Â Â Â Â We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books
Â Â Â Â The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas
Â Â Â Â Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith
Â Â Â Â Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner
Â Â Â Â The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books
Â Â Â Â We Are the Ship: The Story ofÂ Negro League BaseballÂ written and illustrated
Â Â Â Â by Kadir Nelson
Â Â Â Â Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by
Â Â Â Â Sean Qualls
Â Â Â Â The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Pura Belpre Author Award Winner
Â Â Â Â The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita
Â Â Â Â Engle
Pura Belpre Illustrator Award Winner
Â Â Â Â Just in Case written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Books
Â Â Â Â Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
Â Â Â Â The Storyteller's Candle by Jucia Gonzalez, illustrated by Julu Delacre
Â Â Â Â What Can You Do with a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla, illustrated by Amy
Â Â Â Â Cordova
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner
Â Â Â Â Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Books
Â Â Â Â Chicken Said, "Cluck!" by Judyann Ackerman Grant
Â Â Â Â One Boy by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Â Â Â Â Stinky by Eleanor Davis
Â Â Â Â Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator by Sarah C. Campbell
We finally made it to the end! The 900s let you travel the world from the comfort of your home. Go back in time and learn about mummies and pyramids. Return to the days of knights and castles.Â Explore shipwrecks, search for buried treasure, but watch out for the pirates! Travel around the world and learn about how people live in India, or check out a book about Kansas and learn about your own backyard. Here's a breakdown of everything you'll find in the 900s.
900 - Geography & History
910 - Explorers & Atlases
920 - Flags
930 - Archaeology & Ancient Civilizations
940 - Knights, Castles, World War I & II, European Countries
950 - Asian & Middle Eastern Countries
960 - African Countries
970 - North & Central American Countries, American History, States
980 - South American Countries
990 - Pacific Islands, Australia
Every January the Newbery Medal is awarded toÂ the author of the most distinguished children's book of the year.Â It is sort of like the Oscar award of children's literature.Â It has become a kind of tradition for people across the country to gatherÂ and hold "mock" Newbery discussions before the winner is announced.Â Â They discuss some of their favoriteÂ books of the year and try to guess which one might be the year's award winner.
Earlier this week I attended one of these mock Newbery gatherings with a group of librarians to discuss which book we would like to see win this prestigous award in 2009.Â We discussed about a dozen different titles and ended up with one winner and two honor books.Â Here are the results:
The winner:Â Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
Do you have a favorite book you hope will win this year's Newbery medal?Â The actual winner will be announced on Monday, January 26.Â Stay tuned to find out which outstanding book is this year'sÂ winner.