Lloyd Alexander: January 30, 1924-May 17, 2007

Lloyd AlexanderLloyd Alexander, award winning author of more than 30 children's books, died last Thursday. His books included many stand-alone fantasy novels as well as three series: The Chronicles of Prydain, the Westmark trilogy and the Vesper Holly series. His final book, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio, is scheduled to be published in August.

Book Displays at Indian Creek

I love putting together book displays, but sometimes I get a little carried away, which is why we have four different book displays at Indian Creek right now! Kevin   On our seasonal shelf we have books about Fantastic Fathers and Delightful Dads.   ferdinand.gif   Behind the children's desk we have books with red covers - Have you read a good book lately?    what-if.gif     Against our big purple wall are books that ask questions.     And last, but not least, on top of our E Fiction section there are books about summer and winter. I just put up this display on Monday because it was so hot outside. The summer books remind me that it's supposed to be hot, but the winter books help me feel cool.

What a Coincidence!

There are quite a few children's authors who celebrate their birthdays in May. I was planning on doing a post on all of them, but then as I was going through the list I realized that six of them had won the Newbery Medal and four more were Newbery Honor winners! So if you would like to see a complete list of May birthdays, check out the link above, but here, instead, is a list of all of the Newbery Award winning authors who were born in May. Do you share a birthday with a famous author?

Newbery Medal Winners                     Newbery Honor Winners Patricia MacLachlan (May 3rd)                       Mavis Jukes (May 3rd) Eleanor Estes (May 9th)                                Zilpha Keatley Snyder (May11th) William Pene DuBois (May 9th)                       Gary Paulsen (May 17th) Irene Hunt (May 18th)                                  Arnold Lobel (May22nd) Susan Cooper (May 23rd) Scott O'Dell (May 23rd)                                

This is a great time to read a book by a new author, or rediscover one of your favorites! I particularly love Susan Cooper's books and highly recommend her series The Dark is Rising.

William Allen White Award Winners

The 2007 William Allen White Award winners have been announced! book-cover-report-card.gifIn the 3rd-5th grade level, the winner is The Report Card by Andrew Clements.  In this book a young genius named Nora tries to hide her intelligence so she won't be singled out.  This is Mr. Clements' third W.A.W. Award.  He won in 1999 for Frindle and again in 2002 for The Landry News. book-cover-so-b-it.gifIn the 6th-8th grade level, the winner is So B. It by Sarah Weeks.  This book tells the story of Heidi whose mentally handicapped mother possesses a vocabulary of only 23 words.  Most of her mother's life is a mystery, including even her real name.  With the help of a neighbor, Heidi attempts to track down the truth of her mother's past. To view the list of new nominees for the 2007-08 William Allen White Award, click here.

Happy Birthday Ludwig Bemelmans!



"In a old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...          the smallest one was Madeline."          


April 27th is the 109th birthday of Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the Madeline books! Ludwig Bemelmans was born in 1898 in the Austrian Tyrol and came to the United States in 1914. He wrote six books about Madeline, all of which are available through the Olathe Public Library.

National High Five Day - April 19th

In honor of National High Five Day, and in continued celebration of Young People's Poetry Week, I offer two haikus about high fives. I have five fingers. Two hands together make ten. It should be high ten. "High five!" I call out - Our hands collide in mid-air. Ouch! That was painful! Celebrate National High Five Day by giving your local librarian a high five! Or submit a haiku of your own in the comment box. They're easy to write. The first line should have 5 syllables, the second line should have 7 syllables, and the last line should have 5 syllables.

Bridge to Terabithia

bridgetoterabithiabook.jpgbridgetoterabithiamovie.jpg                 Another classic children's book has hit the big screen.  Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia is now playing at a theater near you.  The Newbery award-winning novel spins a tale of friendship, imagination, and tragedy.  And don't be deceived!  There is much more to this moving story than the movie previews you've seen on TV may suggest.  Have you seen it?  What did you think? Other children's books being made into movies and currently in production include:
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett Coraline by Neil Gaiman Duck for President by Doreen Cronin Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl The Giver by Lois Lowry The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith
But no need to wait for the movie.  You can check out these wonderful books at the library right now!

Kid Picks

Have you read any good books lately?  Would you like to see what books other kids are reading?  Visit our Kid Picks page.  You will find short reviews written by kids about books they've read. You can also submit your own review.  Go to the Kid Picks page and click the blue link that says "Submit your own review."  Just fill out the electronic form and send it to us, and we may post it on our website.  You can also pick up a paper version at either library.  This is a great way to let others know about that great book you just finished and to get some ideas for other good books to read.  Check it out!

What Is Your Favorite Book?

Someone recently asked me, "What is your favorite children's book?"  That was a tough question.  There are so many great children's books, it's hard to narrow it down to just one.  How about you?  How would you answer that question?  What is YOUR favorite children's book?  Send us a comment (click the word "Comments" below) and let us know about your very most favorite...or at least one of your favorites. By the way, when pressed I finally came up with my answer:  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  But ask me tomorrow and I'll probably give a different answer.  How can you pick just one?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

deathlyhallows.gifAttention all muggles!  Author J.K. Rowling has announced that the seventh and final book of the much loved Harry Potter series will be released on Saturday, July 21.  Mark your calendars!  Check out the BBC article and J.K. Rowling's website to read more about it. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this book, give us a call at (913) 971-6874.  You can also place your own request through the OPL Catalog on our website.  There is sure to be a huge demand for this title. And don't forget that the movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens in theaters on July 13.  It looks like a big summer for Harry Potter fans!
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