The young readers of Kansas have voted, and the winner of the 2015 William Allen White Award for 3rd - 5th graders is Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck.
When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There’s just one problem…rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and that even rats can be good guys. Illustrated by Brian Lies of Bats at the Beach, this engaging middle-grade novel will have readers rooting for Malcolm as they try to solve the mystery alongside him.
The award winner for 6th - 8th graders is Buddy by M. H. Herlong.
Congratulations to these award winning authors, and kudos to all the children who read the books and voted for their favorite nominee. This is truly your award.
To see a list of nominees for next year, click here.
While trying to tidy up my work area recently, I stumbled across an interesting poster buried under the piles on my desk. The poster was entitled "Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader." This rather tongue-in-cheek list first appeared in The Horn Book Magazine, the acclaimed publication about literature for children and young adults. I thought it was worth sharing.
THIRTEEN WAYS TO RAISE A NONREADER
Text © 2001 by Dean Schneider and Robin Smith from The Horn Book Magazine.
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.
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
CALDECOTT MEDAL for the most distinguished American picture book for children
Winner: Locomotive written and illustrated by Brian Floca
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.