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National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Every two years the Library of Congress names a U.S. author or illustrator to be National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  This person raises national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.  On January 4, 2018 author Jacqueline Woodson was named the newest ambassador.  

Jacqueline Woodson is a National Book Award winner, two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, and four-time Newbery Honor winner among other honors.  She also recently completed a two-year stint as the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate 2015-2017.  The author/poet will spend her two-year term encouraging young people to “think about – and beyond – the moment they’re living in, the power they possess, and the impact reading can have on showing them ways in which they can create the hope and the change they want to see in the world.”  CLICK HERE to see some of Woodson’s books for young people.

Past ambassadors include Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Walter Dean Myers, Kate DiCamillo, and Gene Luen Yang.  The ambassadorship is co-sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader.  Congratulations to Ms. Woodson on this well-deserved honor!


 

Season's Readings!

As the holiday season is upon us, how about making a special family tradition of reading a favorite holiday book together?  Turn off the TV and video games, log off the computer, put down your cell phones, and spend some quality time reading together as a family.  Experience the joy of sharing a great holiday story!

Staff members of the Olathe Public Library’s Children’s Department have chosen some of their favorite books of the season.  If you need some suggestions for a good read aloud, CLICK HERE to see the complete list.  Happy reading!


 

Staff Picks 2017

Every year around this time the Children’s staff of the Downtown Library and Indian Creek Library pick some of our favorite children’s books from the past year, along with some old favorites, and compile a list of Staff Picks.  Copies of these books will be on display at the Downtown Library through the end of the year.  The books on display may not be checked out, but we are happy to place any requests for you on items not currently available.  If you are looking for some holiday gift ideas for the kids on your shopping list, perhaps our list will give you some ideas.  CLICK HERE to see the list.  Printed lists may also be picked up at both Olathe libraries.  Give the gift of reading this holiday season!


 

Children's Magazine Month

I bet you didn’t know October is Children’s Magazine Month.  That’s a bit of trivia only a librarian would know, right?  Why not celebrate by checking out a children’s magazine at the library?  Yes, our children’s magazines can be checked out!  They check out for three weeks just like a book.  The magazines we subscribe to include American Girl, Boy’s Life, Cricket, Discovery Girls, Highlights, Ladybug, National Geographic Kids, Practical Homeschooling, Ranger Rick, Ranger Rick Jr., Science World, and Sports Illustrated for Kids.  We do ask that you be extra careful with checked-out magazines, e.g. keep them away from hungry pets, babies, bathtubs, etc.

Did you know the library also offers free downloadable magazines that can viewed on your computer or device?  This includes children’s magazines.  Click here to learn more about downloading magazines with the rbDigital app.  Below are some of the downloadable titles for kids.  Happy Children’s Magazine Month!


 

Banned Books Week 2017

September 24 - 30 is Banned Books Week.  Banned Books Week is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read and drawing attention to the harms of censorship.  It also celebrates the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, community members, and others who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.  The video below features Dav Pilkey, author of the wildly popular (and frequently challenged) Captain Underpants books, expressing some of his views on that most important freedom—the freedom to read!


 

What to Read?

Looking for a good book to read this summer?  Each year the Children's staff at the Olathe Public Library create suggested book lists by grade level related to our summer reading program theme.  If you’re looking for a suggestion for what to read next, click one of the links below and browse the list.  You can also find printed copies of these book lists in a bookmark format at the Children’s Department of either Olathe library.

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade


 

 

Perfect Pairs

February is the perfect time for Perfect Pairs!  Perfect Pairs are book bundles matching up one fiction book with one nonfiction book.  For instance, you could read the hilarious picture book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and then read about some real cows on a farm in Cows Moo!  You could read the beginning chapter book Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot and then learn about some real robots in the National Geographic Kids' book Robots.  This is a great way to introduce kids to books and genres they might not discover on their own.  The Perfect Pairs display will be up at the Downtown Library throughout the entire month of February.  Stop by and browse the selection.  We are constantly replenishing the display with new book pairs, so you never know what you might find.

          

Another great way to combine fiction and nonfiction is with Bookflix.  Bookflix is an online resource available through the library that pairs videos of classic picture books with nonfiction ebooks.  Watch the story!  Read the book!  It can all be viewed online anytime, and it's FREE!  You can always find a link to Bookflix on our Good Books page.  Check it out!


  

2017 Award Winning Books

This morning the Oscar nominees were announced, but yesterday was the real excitement when the winners of the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal and other children's book awards were announced.  And the winner is...

Newbery Medal Winner

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill

Newbery Honors
Freedom over Me
by Ashley Bryan
The Inquisitor's Tale
by Adam Gidwitz
Wolf Hollow
by Lauren Wolk
Caldecott Medal Winner
Radiant Child
illustrated & written by Javaka Steptoe
Caldecott Honors
Leave Me Alone!
illustrated & written by Vera Brosgol
Freedom in Congo Square
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Du Iz Tak?
Illustrated & written by Carson Ellis
They All Saw a Cat
illustrated & written by Brendan Wenzel

To learn about more children's book award winners, including the Coretta Scott King awards, the Geisel award, the Pura Belpré awards, the Sibert award, and more, click here.  Congratulations to all the winners!  And thank you for enriching our lives with your wonderful books.


 

Last Stop on Market Street

Author Matt de la Peña brings his Newbery award-winning book Last Stop on Market Street to life with a group of students from Quindaro Elementary School aboard a city bus in Kansas City, KS.  Watch this special experience in the video below.


 

Staff Picks 2016

Each year the Olathe Public Library's Children's Services staff compiles a list of some of our favorite children's books from the past year, along with some old favorites.  Our list includes picture books, chapter books, easy readers, graphic novels, and nonfiction titles — something for everyone.  In this season of gift-giving, we hope you might find some gift ideas for the children on your holiday shopping list.  Or perhaps you'll find a good book to read together as a family.  The holidays are a great time to share a book together.

If you would like to browse the titles on our Staff Picks list, click here to download a copy. Printed copies of the list are also available at both libraries.  Copies of the books on our Staff Picks list will be on display for perusal throughout the month of December at the Downtown Library.  The books on display may not be checked out, but we are always happy to request titles for you if none are available.

We hope you will give the gift of reading this holiday season, and be sure to make time in your busy schedule to visit the library.  Happy holidays!


 

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