What a Coincidence!

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 had 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 Winners                     Newbery Honor Winners
Patricia MacLachlan (May 3rd)                       Mavis Jukes (May 3rd)
Eleanor Estes (May 9th)                                Zilpha Keatley Snyder (May11th)
William Pene DuBois (May 9th)                       Gary Paulsen (May 17th)
Irene Hunt (May 18th)                                  Arnold Lobel (May22nd)
Susan Cooper (May 23rd)
Scott O'Dell (May 23rd)                                

This is a great time to read a book by 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.

William Allen White Award Winners

The 2007 William Allen White Award winners have been announced!

book-cover-report-card.gifIn the 3rd-5th grade level, the winner is The Report Card by Andrew Clements.  In this book a young genius named Nora tries to hide her intelligence so she won't be singled out.  This is Mr. Clements' third W.A.W. Award.  He won in 1999 for Frindle and again in 2002 for The Landry News.

book-cover-so-b-it.gifIn the 6th-8th grade level, the winner is So B. It by Sarah Weeks.  This book tells the story of Heidi whose mentally handicapped mother possesses a vocabulary of only 23 words.  Most of her mother's life is a mystery, including even her real name.  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.

Happy Birthday Ludwig Bemelmans!



"In a old house in Paris
that was covered in vines,
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines...
         the smallest one was Madeline."          


April 27th is the 109th birthday of Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the Madeline books! Ludwig Bemelmans was born in 1898 in the Austrian Tyrol and came to the United States in 1914. He wrote six books about Madeline, all of which are available through the Olathe Public Library.

National High Five Day - April 19th

In honor of National High Five Day, and in continued celebration 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 submit a haiku of your own 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.

Bridge to Terabithia










Another classic children's book has hit the big screen.  Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia is now playing at a theater near you.  The Newbery award-winning novel spins a tale of friendship, imagination, and tragedy.  And don't be deceived!  There is much more to this moving story than the movie previews you've seen on TV may suggest.  Have you seen it?  What did you think?

Other children's books being made into movies and currently in production include:

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Coraline 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.  You can check out these wonderful books at the library right now!

Kid Picks

Have you read any good books lately?  Would you like to see what books other kids are reading?  Visit our Kid Picks page.  You will find short reviews written by kids about books they've read.

You can also submit your own review.  Go to the Kid Picks page and click the blue link that says "Submit your own review."  Just fill out the electronic form and send it to us, and we may post it on our website.  You can also pick up a paper version at either library.  This is a great way to let others know about that great book you just finished and to get some ideas for other good books to read.  Check it out!

What Is Your Favorite Book?

Someone recently asked me, "What is your favorite children's book?"  That was a tough question.  There are so many great children's books, it's hard to narrow it down to just one. 

How about you?  How would you answer that question?  What is YOUR favorite children's book?  Send us a comment (click the word "Comments" below) and let us know about your very most favorite...or at least one of your favorites.

By the way, when pressed I finally came up with my answer:  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  But ask me tomorrow and I'll probably give a different answer.  How can you pick just one?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

deathlyhallows.gifAttention all muggles!  Author J.K. Rowling has announced that the seventh and final book of the much loved Harry Potter series will be released on Saturday, July 21.  Mark your calendars!  Check out the BBC article and J.K. Rowling's website to read more about it.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this book, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.  You can also place your own request through the OPL Catalog on our website.  There is sure to be a huge demand for this title.

And don't forget that the movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens in theaters on July 13.  It looks like a big summer for Harry Potter fans!

And the Winner Is...

The 2007 Newbery and Caldecott Award winners have been announced, and here they are:

higher-power-of-lucky.jpgNewbery Award Winner
     The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron





Newbery Honor Books
     Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
     Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
     Rules by Cynthia Lord

flotsam1.jpgCaldecott Award Winner
     Flotsam by David Wiesner





Caldecott Honor Books
     Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans
     Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by
     Kadir Nelson & written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Author
     Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Coretta Scott King Honor Book for Author
     The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes

Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Illustrator
     Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by
     Kadir Nelson & written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Coretta Scott King Honor Books for Illustrator
     Jazz illustrated by Christopher Myers & written by Walter Dean Myers
     Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes illustrated by Benny Andrews
     & edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad

Do You Know About J Picture Books?

Want a great story, but don't feel like reading a longer book?  Check out the Olathe Public Library's J Picture section!  In just thirty to sixty pages you can enjoy an amazing story on a 3rd - 6th grade reading level with lots of fantastic pictures.

Here are two great books you can enjoy:



With Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter, you can feed your pirate mania as young sailor Jake tells the story of how he became a buccaneer.  While you're reading, you'll discover lots of fun ship and history facts!


Join Katya in The Magic Nesting Doll as she uses a gift from her grandmother to wake a prince sleeping under an icy spell.



Look for these and other fun J Picture books near the chapter books, or ask your librarian to show you where they are!

Posted by Candace @ Indian Creek Branch Library

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