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Here you will find our Staff Pick of the Month, information about downloadable books and
online reading resources, plus some links to book lists that will lead you to some exciting titles.
STAFF PICK OF THE MONTH
THE FANTASTIC UNDERSEA LIFE
OF JACQUES COUSTEAU
by Dan Yaccarino
Jacques Cousteau once said, “The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.” Cousteau spent much of his life observing and studying the world’s oceans. In this picture book biography, we learn that in addition to creating several inventions and introducing the wonders of the sea to the world, he also started an organization called the Cousteau Society. Through this organization and his love of the world’s seas, Cousteau became their champion.
Cousteau’s life from childhood through adulthood is colorfully portrayed through flowing illustrations, created using airbrush and gouache. Quotes appear in bubbles throughout the story. Key events from Cousteau’s life are listed at the end of the biography, along with sources to learn more about Cousteau and his life as explorer, friend, and protector of the seas.
J Bio Cousteau
Recommended by Miss Jennifer
eBOOKS & MORE
Downloadable eBooks & Audiobooks
You can download children's books on your favorite electronic device through the library's website using axis 360. There are downloadable ebooks as well as downloadable audiobooks. To read an ebook or listen to an audiobook, you may need to download a specific app. For more information about the required apps and instructions on downloading titles, click here.
BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction titles from Scholastic. The books are geared to K - 3rd graders. No special software or login required. Enjoy some great books from the comfort of home.
TumbleBooks offers an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. There are story books that are read aloud to the child with animated illustrations. You will also find early readers and chapter books that can be read alone or with accompanying audio. You will find videos to watch and games to play too. Spanish and French versions of TumbleBooks are also available. There's plenty to explore.
Award Winning Books - Here you will find links to Newbery Award-winning books, Caldecott Award-winning books, Coretta Scott King Award-winning books, and Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award winners.
William Allen White Nominees & Award Winners - Here you will find the most recent William Allen White award nominees, as well as a link to previous years' winners.
Picture Book Finder - Find picture books on different popular topics.
Staff Picks - These are some books recommended by our Children's staff. Included are some of the newer titles at the Olathe Public Library.
Kid Picks - These books are some of the favorites of other children like yourself. Kids have submitted reviews of books which they think are worth reading. Do you have a book you'd like to recommend? Then submit a review of your own! We'll post it on our website for others to see.
Storytime Books - Here you can find lists of books used in our preschool storytimes.