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.


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!


Roald Dahl Day!

Today is the 100th birthday of one of our favorite children's authors—Roald Dahl!  Roald Dahl is the author of such children's classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG, just to name a few.  Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 in Llandaff, Wales and died on November 23, 1990 in Oxford, England.  Today would have been his 100th birthday, and his books are as popular as ever. Why not celebrate by reading one of his wonderful books or watching one of the many movies inspired by his books?  Roald Dahl is truly one of children's literature's most beloved authors, and we celebrate his life and work.


William Allen White Award Winners 2016

The young readers of Kansas have voted, and the ballots have been counted.  Here are the winners of the William Allen White Award for 2016.

3rd - 5th Grade Winner

The Boy on the Porch
by Sharon Creech

One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of people would leave their child with strangers? All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. As their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, but how long can their happiness last?




6th - 8th Grade Winner

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.






2016 Book Awards

Today was a big day in the world of children's literature.  The winners of the 2016 Newbery and Caldecott Medals, along with other awards, were announced.  Below is a list of winners and honor books.  One interesting thing about this year's announcements was that the winner of the Newbery Medal was also a Caldecott honor book as well as a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award honor book.  I'd say that would make it the most awarded book of this year.  Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators whose wonderful books were recognized!



Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña

Honor Books

The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson

by Pam Muñoz Ryan



Finding Winnie
illustrated by Sophie Blackall
written by Lindsay Mattick


Honor Books

Trombone Shorty
illustrated by Bryan Collier
written by Troy Andrews

illustrated & written by Kevin Henkes

Voice of Freedom
illustrated by Ekua Holmes
written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Last Stop on Market Street
illustrated by Christian Robinson
written by Matt de la Peña



Gone Crazy in Alabama
by Rita Williams-Garcia


Honor Books

All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds

The Boy in the Black Suit
by Jason Reynolds

X: A Novel
by Ilyasah Shabazz
with Kekla Magoon



Trombone Shorty
illustrated by Bryan Collier
written by Troy Andrews


Honor Books

The Book Itch
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Last Stop on Market Street
illustrated by Christian Robinson
written by Matt de la Peña


For a more complete list of other award winners, CLICK HERE.


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