Halloween is just around the corner.Â What better time to read a spooky poem or two?
"Mary Had a Vampire Bat"
by Judy Sierra (from the book Monster Goose)
Mary had a vampire bat.
His fur was black as night.
He followed her to school one day
And promised not to bite.
She brought him out for show-and-tell;
The teacher screamed and ran.
And school was canceled for aÂ week,
Just as Mary planned.
by Jack Prelutsky (from the book It's Halloween)
There's a goblin as green
As a goblin can be
Who is sitting outside
And is waiting for me.
When he knocked on my door
And said softly, "Come play!"
I answered, "No thank you,
Now please, go away!"
But the goblin as green
As a goblin can be
Is still sitting outside
And is waiting for me.
Or how about a creepy song?
"Home of the Strange"
( to the tune of "Home on the Range")
words by Kelly DiPucchio (from the book Sipping Spiders Through a Straw)
Oh, give a me a home
where the Boogie Men roam,
where the ghosts and the green goblins play.
Where there aren't any phones,
only grunts, shrieks, and moans
and the flies are all welcome to stay.
Home, home of the strange,
where the feared and the freaks come to play.
Where the stench in the air,
comes from goon underwear
and the kids are all pasty and gray.
ForÂ more spooky, creepy fun try Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich orÂ Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex, MonsterÂ Motel by Douglas Florian, Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam, andÂ The ScaryÂ Book by Joanna Cole.
Would you like to get a head start on reading some of the books nominated for the 2010 William Allen White Award? The lists of nominees can now be found on our website. Click here to see the titles. Because these books are sometimes in high demand, you may have to place a hold and get on the waiting list.Â And don't forget to check out our Hot Picks section at the library. WeÂ may haveÂ additional "non-holdable" copies of these books available in that section even when there is a waiting list.
Rebecca Rubin is the newest American Girl.Â Growing up in New York City in 1914, Rebecca celebrates treasured traditions passed down through her Russian-Jewish family.Â With a little creativity,Â she learns how to stay true to her heart as she follows her dreams in the big city.Â Read all about Rebecca in this new American Girl series written by Jacqueline Dembar Greene.
Read any good books lately?Â Hopefully, you are reading lots of great books this summer.Â If you haven't already, be sure to stop by either Olathe library and pick up a Summer Reading Club folder to keep track of all those books.Â Just write down the titles of everything you read and then return your folder to library between August 3-16 and get a free book!
Would you like to tell us about one of your favorite books?Â We'd love to hear about it.Â Click here to send us an online book review.Â Tell us what you liked about the book, and we will post it on our website.Â VisitÂ our Kid Picks page to see book reviews other kids have written.Â Maybe you'llÂ discover another good book to read this summer.
This year approximately 50,000 3rd-8th graders across the state of Kansas voted for their favorite book from the William Allen White Award nominees lists.Â AndÂ the 2009Â winners are:
3rd-5th grader winner---
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
6th-8th grade winner---
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
Congratulations to the authors of this year's award-winning books!Â If you'd like to get a head start on next year's reading, click here to find the list of 2009-2010 William Allen White nominees on our website.
The very first Superman comic everÂ came outÂ in June 1938.Â It sold for the whopping price of 10 cents.Â On March 14, 2009, over 70 years later, an original copy of this very same comic sold at auctionÂ for $317,200!Â Don't you wish you owned an original copy of that first Superman comic book?
The original Superman story was written by Jerry Siegel, and the artwork was done by Joe Schuster.Â If you would like to read more about Siegel and Schuster and how they came to create one of the most popular superheroes of all time, check out the book Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman.Â It's a bird!Â It's a plane!Â No, it's Superman!
Below is a "special guest" book review by Chris in the Circulation Department.
The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins is a five book series marketed for children, but don't let that shape your expectations.Â The intense and continually expanding plot combined with impressive emotional depth and superb characterizations can easily draw in readers of any age.
Eleven-year-old Gregor and his thoroughly likeable family find themselves caught up in the brutal struggles of a secret world miles beneath New York City. A civilized yet militaristic community of humans share the Underland with large and intelligent creatures, including loyal bats, ferocious rats, and surprisingly noble cockroaches. Time and again, Gregor takes part in increasingly deadly missions in hopes of maintaining a fragile peace. But to do so he must go against his own gentle nature by gradually taking on the role of a warrior.
While this series boldly and admirably addresses such profound issues as racism, loss, the lasting costs of war, and even genocide, what most impressed me was Gregor himself.Â Portrayed in a refreshingly realistic manner, Gregor is simply a great kid.Â Thoughtful, considerate, self-sacrificing, and determined, he carries the story squarely on his shoulders.Â Especially in the epic final installment, Gregor the Overlander shows how much an exceptional child may be willing to suffer, and to lose, for what he knows is right.
Are you a fan of Captain Underpants?Â Do you like Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot books?Â Is Dav Pilkey one of your favorite authors?Â ThenÂ I've got a website for you.Â You need to check out Dav Pilkey's Extra Crunchy Website o'Â Fun.Â YouÂ can find out all about Dav'sÂ books, read a cartoon biography of the author, play groovy games, and all kinds of fun stuff.
This is just one of the cool websites for kids on our Cool Sites web page.Â Check it out.
Do you have a favorite website that you think other kids would like?Â Send us a comment and let us know about it.Â We're always looking forÂ fun and excellentÂ websites.
Do you have any good princess books?Â Do you have any easy books about horses?Â Do you have any picture books about trains?Â Where are your counting books?Â Got any dragon stories with pictures?Â Here at the library we get questions like this all the time.
In order to help you find picture books on some of the more popular topics,Â we haveÂ posted a Picture Book Finder on our website.Â Here you will find a list of popularÂ topics along withÂ various concepts like numbers, letters, colors, etc.Â The titles are linked to our catalog so you can see if a book is available at your nearest library, and you can also place a hold on any title.
So the next time you are looking for a picture book about fairies or books about a new baby in the family, check out our Picture Book Finder.Â We hope you will find this to be a useful resource.
President Barack Obama promised his daughters they could get a puppy after the Presidential campaign was over.Â Many people have weighed in on what kind of dog they think would be best forÂ the first family.Â If it were up to you, what kind of dog would youÂ choose for Sasha and Malia?
There is a long history of pets in the White House.Â The Bushes had two Scottish terriers named Barney and Miss Beazley and a cat nicknamed Willie.Â Chelsea Clinton had a cat named Socks when her dad was President.Â But not all Presidential pets have been so conventional.Â Did you knowÂ Thomas Jefferson kept two grizzily bear cubs on theÂ White House grounds?Â Â John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the East Room.Â Abraham Lincoln's son had a pet turkey,Â and Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon named Rebecca.
You can read all about theÂ differentÂ pets thatÂ haveÂ resided in the White House in the book Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis.Â Yes, even Presidents love their pets.