Looking for a good book to read?
Here you will find our Staff Pick of the Month, information about downloadable books and
online reading resources, plus some links to book lists that will lead you to some exciting titles.


by Richard Peck

The last thing thirteen-year-old Alexander Armsworth wants to hear from champion speller and fellow classmate Blossom Culp is that he is gifted with the “second sight” and his barn is haunted by a girl ghost from the Civil War era. Though she annoys him, smart, assertive Blossom is knowledgeable regarding paranormal activity and sympathetic toward Inez, the lonely little spirit who wanders the barn in a pinkish light, leaves wet footprints behind, and leaves messages about her final resting place to anyone who will listen. With Blossom’s help, Alexander makes contact with Inez who warns him about an impending trolley accident. Averting this disaster, the children then turn their efforts to help Inez who has been prevented from being buried with the rest of her family. Fortunately, the eccentric, but sympathetic Uncle Miles Armsworth is enlisted to help return Inez’s bones and spirit to her family crypt in New Orleans. This book is funny, poignant, and just scary enough to illicit a slight chill or two.

J Fiction

Recommended by Miss Lisa



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Downloadable eBooks & Audiobooks

You can download children's books on your favorite electronic device through the library's website using axis 360.  There are downloadable ebooks as well as downloadable audiobooks.  To read an ebook or listen to an audiobook, you may need to download a specific app.  For more information about the required apps and instructions on downloading titles, click here.



BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction titles from Scholastic.  The books are geared to K - 3rd graders.  No special software or login required.  Enjoy some great books from the comfort of home.



TumbleBooks offers an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.  There are story books that are read aloud to the child with animated illustrations.  You will also find early readers and chapter books that can be read alone or with accompanying audio.  You will find videos to watch and games to play too.  Spanish and French versions of TumbleBooks are also available.  There's plenty to explore.


Award Winning Books - Here you will find links to Newbery Award-winning books, Caldecott Award-winning books, Coretta Scott King Award-winning books, and Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award winners.

William Allen White Nominees & Award Winners - Here you will find the most recent William Allen White award nominees, as well as a link to previous years' winners.

Battle of the Books - Here is the list of titles for the Olathe School District's Battle of the Books for 2015-16.

Picture Book Finder - Find picture books on different popular topics.

Staff Picks - These are some books recommended by our Children's staff.  Included are some of the newer titles at the Olathe Public Library.

Kid Picks - These books are some of the favorites of other children like yourself.  Kids have submitted reviews of books which they think are worth reading.  Do you have a book you'd like to recommend?  Then submit a review of your own!  We'll post it on our website for others to see.

Storytime Books - Here you can find lists of books used in our preschool storytimes.