“6 by 6: Ready to Read” is a statewide library program that emphasizes the six skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop by the age of six so they are ready to learn to read. We will periodically be posting about these six different skills here on our blog.
The first skill is Have Fun with Books. Kids just want to have FUN, and if we want them to learn to read, we need to make books and reading fun. Children who enjoy books and are interested in them will naturally want to learn to read! Educators and researchers use the term print motivation to describe this area of early literacy. The fact is, if children associate reading with negative feelings, their motivation to read is diminished. So find the right time when you and your children are in the mood and enjoy reading together.
Here are some suggestions for developing this skill in your child:
- Get a free library card and visit the library regularly. Let children help you select books. Find out where the library keeps easy information books, including alphabet and number books.
- Have pretend reading sessions. Get picture books with little or no text and ask children to read to you.
- Take books wherever you go. Take them to the doctor’s office, in the car, at the grocery store, in the park, etc.
- Watch children as they play and let them see you writing about them and what they’re doing. Create a book they can read about themselves and include a photograph of them.
- Check out books which encourage searching for objects in the illustrations.
- Involve children in reading as much as possible. Have them say a repeated phrase with you throughout a book as you read aloud. Being an active participant makes it more fun!
Help your children “have fun with books” and get them started on the path to reading.
It's time for the annual display of artwork by elementary students from the Olathe School District at the Main Library. The walls of the Children's Department are covered with colorful creations, including drawings, paintings, collages, ceramics, sculptures, and more. Stop by the Main Library anytime the library is open and check out the creative efforts of some of Olathe's talented young artists. The artwork will be on display through March 29.
Who is the world's tallest man? That would be Sultan Kösen of Turkey who stands at 8 feet 3 inches tall. Wow! How about the oldest person? Jeanne Louise Calment of France died in 1997 at the ripe old age of 122 years 164 days. That would be a lot of birthday candles! Who is the first author to ever become a billionaire? J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. Which athlete has won the most Olympic gold medals? Swimmer Michael Phelps has won a whopping total of 14 gold medals! How big is the world's largest whoopee cushion? Would you believe 10 feet in diameter? These are just a few of the fun facts that can be found in the Guinness World Records 2012 edition.
If you're a fan of Guinness World Records, here are a few other books you might enjoy:
Ripley's Believe It or Not: Enter If You Dare! by Geoff Tibballs
Ultimate Weird But True (a National Geographic Kids book)
The Factastic Book of 1001 Lists by Russell Ash
So if Guinness World Records is checked out the next time you look for it at the library, give one of these other books a try. You won't regret it!
Our web catalog is constantly evolving and improving. One of the newest features connects our web catalog with NoveList, a library product that helps people find good books to read. Here is how it works.
In the web catalog look up a particular book you are interested in reading or perhaps a favorite book you've already read. In the example below I searched for the book Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. On the right hand side of the display screen you'll see "Similar titles and recommendations." Just click on that link.
This will open up a NoveList window where you can find all sorts of information and recommendations. In this example it shows us the rest of the titles in the "Shadow Children" series and the order.
It recommends some similar titles that fans of Among the Hidden might find interesting.
It also shows similar authors whose books might appeal to readers who like Margaret Peterson Haddix.
You can also find ratings and reviews from readers, other recommended lists, and more. We hope you will explore this new feature of our catalog and discover some great new books to read. Our web catalog is a wealth of information for avid readers.
For kids in the Olathe District Schools, there will be no school this Thursday and Friday. If you're looking for something fun to do on your days off, we invite you to come make a valentine at the Valentine Factory! All children in 5th grade and younger can participate. Kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult. There is no regisration. Come and go as you please. All supplies will be provided. Here is the schedule:
Thursday, February 9
Friday, February 10
And while you're at the library be sure to check out a good book to read, a good movie to watch, or a fun video game to play...or all of the above! We've got it all at the library.
Wonderstruck is the latest book from Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of the Caldecott award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret (on which the Oscar-nominated film Hugo is based). If you've read Wonderstruck, you know that much of the story takes place within the walls of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. In the video below Brian Selznick leads us on a behind-the-scenes tour of this fascinating place. You'll recognize a number of objects and scenes from his wonderful book.
The winners of the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott awards have been announced. The Newbery medal was awarded to author Jack Gantos for Dead End in Norvelt. The Caldecott medal was awarded to illustrator Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy. Congratulations to both of these men who have given us many great children's books.
Below is the list of award winners and honor books along with some other award winners. A special note of congratulations goes out to local Kansas City author/illustrator Shane Evans who won the Coretta Scott King illustrator award for his book Underground.
NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER (Author)
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER (Illustrator)
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS
GEISEL AWARD (Easy Reader)
Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider
SIBERT MEDAL (Nonfiction)
Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD (African American author)
Heart and Soul by Kadir Neslon
CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR AWARD (African American illustrator)
Underground by Shane W. Evans
BELPRÉ AUTHOR AWARD (Latino author)
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR AWARD (Latino illustrator)
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
The library's LEGO programs have been wildly popular. If you don't get registered on the first day of registration, chances are you won't get in the program. Olathe kids obviously love LEGO bricks! The January LEGO Club program is full, but registration for the February 28 program will start on February 20. Mark you calendar now.
If you are a LEGO fanatic, you probably already know that in May a LEGOLAND Discovery Center will be opening in Kansas City's Crown Center. This past weekend they held a compeition for the position of LEGO Master Builder. The lucky winner of that compeition was Jeremiah Boehr. He will be the official Master Builder of the Discovery Center. Talk about a cool job! How would you like to get paid to build with LEGOs?
Jeremiah beat out more than 170 other builders competing for the coveted title. His creation for the final round of competition was a 3D book with characters flying out of the pages. You gotta love a guy who combines his love of LEGOs with his love of books. Congratuations, Jeremiah!
Are you someone who always likes to know the latest and greatest new books and movies the library has acquired? Well, our web catalog makes it as easy as pie. All it takes is a few clicks.
1. From anywhere on our website move your mouse over EXPLORE on the menu bar and then click NEW TITLES on the drop-down menu.
2. At the bottom of the next screen you can click on Children's Fiction, Children's Non-fiction, Children's Movies, or Children's Music to see the latest added materials in these categories.
That's all there is to it. You can then browse titles, place holds, add to your "For Later" shelf, or whatever you want. Like I said, it's as easy as pie.
Attention aspiring young writers! KTWU public television and Payless Shoesource are sponsoring a Youth Writing Contest with the winner to be recognized at the 2012 Kansas Book Festival on Sat., Sept. 15, 2012. Essay entries based on the theme, “My Kansas Shoes Were Made for Walking,” will be accepted January 1 through April 15, 2012. Age divisions include
Third – Fifth grade; Sixth – Eighth grade; and Ninth – Twelfth grade.
For an entry form, go to: www.ktwu.org/educational-resources/.
For more information, go to: http://kansasbookfestival.com/get-involved/writing-contest/.