Looking for a good book to read?
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
MURDER IS BAD MANNERS
by Robin Stevens
When daily life at Deepdean School for Girls becomes monotonous for eighth-graders Daisy and Hazel, they decide to liven things up by starting the Wells & Wong Detective Agency. They join the Literature Club (where they secretly read Dorothy Sayers and other banned detective fiction) and surreptitiously take case notes on suspects under the guise of writing poetry. When their science teacher mysteriously disappears, the Wells and Wong Detective Society must solve the mystery and discover who is behind the sinister events taking place at school. The chemistry of the main protagonists—golden-haired hockey stick wielding, and popular Daisy and meticulous, careful, and low key Hazel—works well in this book. The girls complement each other with their interests, talents, and adventurous curiosity. In the course of their investigations, a true friendship is formed and formidable sleuthing skills are honed. A great read for young gumshoes in the making.
Recommended by Miss Lisa
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.
Battle of the Books - Here is the list of titles for the Olathe School District's Battle of the Books for 2016-17.
Picture Book Finder - Find picture books on different popular topics.
Historical Fiction List - This is a list of historical fiction titles for kids arranged by historical time period.
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.