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.



by Selina Alko

Imagine not being able to marry the person you loved just because they were of a race different from your own.  In 1958 Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter got married in Washington D.C., but soon after returning to their home in Central Point, Virginia, police came in the night, arrested them, and locked them in jail.  Why?  Simply because Richard was white and Mildred was “colored” and interracial marriage was illegal in Virginia at that time.  If they wanted to live as man and wife, they would have to leave the state.

The couple chose love and moved away to D.C., but they didn’t give up their desire to be back home with their family and friends.  Their fight for love and justice eventually led to a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967.  The court unanimously ruled in favor of the Lovings!  Richard and Mildred and their three children could finally return home to Virginia.

This book is wonderfully illustrated with mixed-media collages by the husband/wife team Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, an interracial couple themselves. This important story is close to their hearts.  As Black History Month and Valentine’s Day are both observed in February, this is the perfect book to celebrate both love and civil rights.

J 306.846

Recommended by Mr. Gregg



axis 360

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 2015-16.

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.