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Holiday Staff Picks 2014

Once again the Children's Services staff at the Olathe Downtown and Olathe Indian Creek libraries have selected some of their favorite children's books from the past year, as well as some old favorites.  Our Staff Picks list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles.  As you are doing your holiday shopping, we hope you might consider the gift of books for those special children on your shopping list.  Perhaps our list will give you some possible ideas.  Click here to download a copy of our picks list, or pick up a copy at either Olathe library.  Both libraries also have copies of the books on display for you to peruse.  However, the copies on display will not be available for check out until after the end of the year.  We are always happy to see if copies might be available from another library and request any titles for you. 

We hope you'll take time during the busy holiday season to read together as a family.  Give the gift of reading.


E-books & Toddlers

Parents, did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under 2 years of age, and less than two hours a day for older children?  But what about reading e-books on an electronic device to your young child? The New York Times featured an interesting article this week entitled Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?  Read it to see what some child development experts are saying.  My favorite part is the closing quote:
 
“Lilly definitely has an iPad, and there are education apps she uses,” Amy Reid, a publicist at CNBC, said of her 4-year-old. “But for her, there is nothing like the excitement of choosing her own book and bringing it home from the library.”

Children's Book Award Winners

The Grammy Awards show was last night, but the real excitement was this morning with the announcement of the Youth Media Award Winners, including the Newbery medal and Caldecott medal!  And here are the winners and honor books:

NEWBERY MEDAL for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children

Winner:  Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Honor Books:  Doll Bones by Holly Black
                          The Year of BIlly Miller by Kevin Henkes
                          One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
                          Paperboy by Vince Vawter

 

 

CALDECOTT MEDAL for the most distinguished American picture book for children

Winner:  Locomotive written and illustrated by Brian Floca

Honor Books:  Journey written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
                           Flora and the Flamingo written and illustrated by Molly Idle
                           Mr. Wuffles written and illustrated by David Wiesner

 

 

Other award winners included:

CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD for African American author of outstanding book for children and young adults

Winner:  P.S. Be Eleven by Rita WIlliams-Garcia

CORETTA SCOTT KING ILLUSTRATOR AWARD for African American illustrator of outstanding book for children and young adults

Winner:  Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Daniel Beaty

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL AWARD for the most distinguished book for beginning readers

Winner:  The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

SIBERT BOOK AWARD for most distinguished informational book for children

Winner:  Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth

PURA BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR AWARD honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Winner:  Niño Wrestles the World written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Congratulations to all of this year's winners and honorees!  Thank you for making the world of children's literature such a wonderful, creative place.  For a complete list of winners and honor books, click here.


Kid Picks

Hey kids, have you read any good books lately?  We'd love to hear about them.  Go to the Kid Picks page of our website and click the Submit your own review link.  (The Kid Picks link can always be found near the bottom of our Good Books page.)  You can then tell us about that terrific book you read, and it's a great way to let other kids know about really good books.  Be sure you don't give away any spoilers in your review!  We look forward to hearing about some of your favorite books.


Holiday Staff Picks 2013

As the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers disappear, the holiday season is in full swing.  If you are looking for a special gift for a young person on your shopping list, we'd like to recommend some good books for you to consider.  Each year the Children's Services staff at the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch compile a list of some of our favorite books from the past year along with some old favorites.  Our list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, comics, and nonfiction titles.   Click here to download a copy of our picks list, or pick up a copy at either Olathe library.  Both libraries also have copies of the books on display for you to peruse.  However, the copies on display will not be available for check out until after the end of the year.  We are always happy to see if copies might be available from another library and request any titles for you.  We hope you'll take time during the busy holiday season to read together as a family.  Give the gift of reading.


Wimpy Kid #8

Hey Wimpy Kid fans!  The eighth book in Jeff Kinney's popular series comes out today!  The title is Hard Luck, and the cover is chartreuse (yellowish green).  Greg Heffley is on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

We currently have two Hot Pick copies on our shelves, but those are sure to be snatched up quickly.  If you'd like to get on the waiting list, you can place a hold through our web catalog or you can give the library a call.  All we'll need is your library card number.


2013 William Allen White Award Winners

The young readers of Kansas have cast their votes, and the ballots have been counted.  The winner of the 2013 William Allen White Award for 3rd - 5th graders is Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings.  This book tells the story of a boy who wanted a dog but got a guinea pig instead.

The winner of the 2013 William Allen White Award for 6th - 8th graders is Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret.  This book recounts what happens when a boy starts caring for a dog left chained in frigid weather with no food, water or shelter.

Congratulations to this year's winners!

            


E. L. Konigsburg 1930 - 2013

Acclaimed children's author E. L. Konigsburg passed away on April 19, 2013.  Konigsburg was the author of such beloved books as From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The View from Saturday.  Ms. Konigsburg is one of only five authors to win the Newbery Medal twice, and she is the only author to ever win a Newbery Medal (for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) and a Newbery Honor (for Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth) both in the same year.  She seemed to be fond of long titles, huh? 

She wrote twenty books, almost half of which she also illustrated.  Her smart and funny books often dealt with outsiders and young people searching for independence and adventure.  She once said: ''I think most of us are outsiders. And I think that's good because it makes you question things.''

For the curious among us, the E in her name stood for Elaine, and the L stood for Lobl which was her maiden name.  The author is survived by two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren.  She will be missed in the world in the children's literature.

Click the image below to see a list of E. L. Konigsburg books available through the library.


And the Winner Is...

It's one of the biggest days of the year for fans of books for young people.  This morning the 2013 winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals were announced along with a slew of other awards.  So without further delay, here are the winners (and honor books).
 

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Three Time Lucky by Sheila Turnage
 

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER

This Is Not My Hat illustrated and written by Jon Klassen

CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS

Creepy Carrots illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds

Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenksi, written by Mary Logue
 

Click here to see a complete listing of other award winners for 2013, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (for most distinguished easy reader book), the Coretta Scott King Award (honoring African American authors and illustrators), the Pura Belpré Award (honoring Latino authors and illustrators), and other distinguished book awards for children and young adults.

Congratulations to all the winners!  I think we, the readers, are the real winners for having all these wonderful books to read.


Caldecott Reading Challenge

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Caldecott honors (runners-up) are also often awarded. The first medal was given out in 1938 to Dorothy Lathrop for the book Animals of the Bible. Last year's Caldecott winner was Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy. The winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal will be announced on January 28. Who do you think should win this year?

We invite you to join in celebrating 75 years of the Caldecott Medal by participating in the Caldecott Reading Challenge!  See how many Caldecott winners and honor books you can read between January 1 - February 28, 2013. You can keep track of all the books you read on a piece of paper or pick up a form at the Olathe Public Library. After every ten books read, bring your list in to either Olathe library, and we will add your name to our Caldecott Wall of Honor. Keep reading until the Challenge ends.

  • All ages are welcome to participate.
  • No registration is required.
  • All Caldecott Medal winners and honor books count.
  • Books may be read together as a family or read individually.

Click here to find a complete listing of all Caldecott Medal winners and honor books from the past 75 years. How many Caldecott books will you read?


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