One of my very favorite authors passed away last week.Â Madeleine L'Engle died on September 6 at the age of 88.Â L'Engle isÂ probably best know for her Newbery award-winning book,Â A Wrinkle in Time.Â She wrote more than 60 books for children and adults, including fiction, science fiction, poetry, plays, autobiographical works, and meditations on faith and art.
The world has lost a gifted writer, but the books she left behind will be cherished by many for years and yearsÂ to come.Â If you haven't read any of Madeleine's books, I recommend you check out A Wrinkle in Time the next time you are in the library.
Did you ever wonder where the Loch Ness Monster came from? The Water Horse tells the story of 8-year-old Kirstie, who finds an egg on the beach one day and brings it home with her. It hatches to reveal a small creature with flippers and a long neck. Kirstie and herÂ family take care of the creature, which their grandfather tells them is a Kelpie,Â also known as aÂ Water Horse. As the creature grows they move it from the bathtubÂ out to the goldfish pond, then into a small lake nearby, and eventually to his final home. This book is recommended for grades 3 and up.
The Water Horse is being made into a movie, which is currently scheduled to open in December. This is your chance to read it before everyone else hears about it and it becomes hard to find a copy available!
Dick King-Smith has written many other books for children, including Babe, the Gallant Pig, on which the movie Babe was based. So if you like The Water Horse, give some of his other books a try as well!
The summer of 2007 is an exciting one for fans of Harry Potter.Â Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts will soonÂ be seen onÂ the silver screen.Â Harry Potter and the Order of theÂ Phoenix willÂ be opening at a movie theater near you on Wednesday, July 11.Â
Then on July 21, the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter saga will be released.Â Everyone is speculatingÂ aboutÂ how it will all endÂ in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.Â Advance sales of this book have broken all records.Â The library currently hasÂ over 600Â people on the waiting list for this hot new title.Â If you want to get on the list, just call the library or place a hold through our library catalog.Â The library will also acquire some limited loan/non-request copies.Â If you're lucky, you may catch one of these on the shelf.
Do you have any theories on how the final book will end?Â What do you think is going to happen?Â Just click "Comments" below and tell us what you think.
Lloyd Alexander, award winning author of more than 30 children's books, died last Thursday.Â His books includedÂ many stand-alone fantasy novels as well asÂ three series: The Chronicles of Prydain, the Westmark trilogy and the Vesper Holly series. His final book, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio, is scheduled to be published in August.
I love putting together book displays, but sometimes I get a little carried away, which is why we have four different book displays at Indian Creek right now!
On our seasonal shelf we have books about Fantastic Fathers and Delightful Dads.
Behind the children's desk we have books with red covers - Have you read a good book lately?
Â Â Against our big purple wall are books that ask questions.
And last, but not least, on top of our E Fiction section there are books about summer and winter. I just put upÂ this display on Monday because it was so hot outside. The summer books remind me that it's supposed to be hot, butÂ theÂ winter booksÂ help me feel cool.
There are quite a few children's authors who celebrate their birthdays in May. I was planning on doing a post on all of them, but then as I was going through the list I realized that six of them hadÂ won the Newbery Medal and four more were Newbery Honor winners! So if you would like to see a complete list of May birthdays, check out the link above, but here, instead, is a list of all of the Newbery Award winning authors who were born in May. Do you share a birthday with a famous author?
Newbery Medal WinnersÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Newbery Honor Winners
Patricia MacLachlanÂ (May 3rd)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Mavis JukesÂ (May 3rd)
Eleanor EstesÂ (May 9th)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Zilpha Keatley SnyderÂ (May11th)
William Pene DuBois (May 9th)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Gary PaulsenÂ (May 17th)
Irene HuntÂ (May 18th)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Arnold LobelÂ (May22nd)
Susan CooperÂ (May 23rd)
Scott O'DellÂ (May 23rd)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
This is a great time toÂ read a book byÂ a new author, or rediscover one of your favorites! I particularly love Susan Cooper's books and highly recommend her series The Dark is Rising.
The 2007 William Allen White Award winners have been announced!
In the 3rd-5th grade level, the winner is The Report Card by Andrew Clements.Â In this book a young genius named Nora tries toÂ hide her intelligence so she won't be singled out.Â This is Mr. Clements' third W.A.W. Award.Â He won in 1999 for FrindleÂ and again in 2002 for The Landry News.
In the 6th-8th grade level, the winner isÂ So B. It by Sarah Weeks.Â This book tells the story ofÂ HeidiÂ whose mentally handicapped mother possesses a vocabulary of only 23 words.Â Â Most of her mother's life isÂ a mystery, including even her real name.Â With the help of a neighbor, Heidi attempts to track down the truth of her mother's past.
To view the list of new nominees for the 2007-08 William Allen White Award, click here.
"In a old house in Paris
that was covered in vines,
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines...
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â the smallest one was Madeline."Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
April 27th is the 109th birthday of Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the Madeline books!Â Ludwig BemelmansÂ was born in 1898 in the Austrian Tyrol and came to the United States in 1914. He wroteÂ six books about Madeline, all of which are available through the Olathe Public Library.
In honor of National High Five Day, and in continuedÂ celebrationÂ of Young People's Poetry Week, I offer two haikus about high fives.
I have five fingers.
Two hands together make ten.
It should be high ten.
"High five!" I call out -
Our hands collide in mid-air.
Ouch! That was painful!
Celebrate National High Five Day by giving your local librarian a high five! Or submitÂ a haiku of your ownÂ in the comment box. They're easy to write. The first line should have 5 syllables, the second line should have 7 syllables, and the last line should have 5 syllables.
Another classic children's book has hit the big screen.Â Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia is now playing at a theater near you.Â The Newbery award-winning novel spins aÂ tale of friendship, imagination, and tragedy.Â And don't be deceived!Â There is much more to this moving story than the movie previews you've seen on TVÂ may suggest.Â Have you seen it?Â What did you think?
Other children's books being made into movies and currently in production include:
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
CoralineÂ by Neil Gaiman
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith
But no need to wait for the movie.Â You canÂ check outÂ these wonderful books at the library right now!