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2018 BMJ Award Nominees

We are excited to announce the nominees for the 2018 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award. We hope that you will familiarize yourself with these picture books between now and February. We will open up voting for your favorite BMJ Picture Book among the nominees. The winner of the 2017 Award will accept the award and speak at the 2017 Fall Conference on Oct. 30, 2017, in Topeka, KS.


2017 BMJ Award Winner: Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds

We are excited to announce Nerdy Birdy as the winner of the 2017 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award. Aaron Reynolds, the author of Nerdy Birdy, will accept the BMJ Award and speak at the Kansas Reading Association’s Annual Conference on October 30 in Topeka.

Call for manuscripts for Kansas Journal of Reading

Please submit your manuscripts for publication for the upcoming edition of the Kansas Journal of Reading. CLICK HERE to download information about submitting your work. For more information please contact co-editors Dr. Ashlie R. Jack and Dr. Gayla Lohfink. Manuscripts will be accepted until July 1.


2016-2017 Kansas Journal of Reading now available to our KRA members

The 2016-2017 Kansas Journal of Reading can be downloaded now. First, log in to the members-only section of the KRA website and visit the Publications page or CLICK NOW to download your copy.

New school year, new Campaign for Literacy

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Kansas Reading Association.  Our theme for the 2016-17 school year is CAMPAIGN FOR LITERACY.  After all, don’t we want to be the greatest advocates for the development of literacy skills?  This goal, of course, may be achieved in a variety of ways.  This is where the Kansas Reading Association can step in and help.

As a member of KRA, you have the opportunity to have a voice at your local level and also on the State level.  We welcome your participation!  We are growing with membership options of not only the regular membership, but also mentor and retired memberships.  And also recently, we have added institutional memberships available through our universities.  We love getting pre-service teachers involved with their fresh ideas! 

Our Kansas Reading Association is looking forward to an exciting year of literacy opportunities.  Come join our campaign!

Yours in literacy,
Deanna Burton
KRA President, 2016-2017

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Electronic Book Bag project unveiled

KRA's new Electronic Book Bag project was unveiled at the 2016 Fall Conference. Parents, students, and teachers can utilize these free electronic resources to help students engage and explore picture books. Currently there are 5 book bags online with more set to be released in the coming weeks. The new website is located at www.electronicbookbags.org.

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