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The mission of the Kansas Reading Association is to promote learning through quality literacy experiences for all.

Two Memorial Scholarships Given for Educators in Graduate School

Two Memorial Scholarships to honor Rita Shogren will be awarded on October 4th at the KRA Annual Conference in Manhattan, KS. These scholarships will be in the amount of $900 and awarded to educators who are enrolling or are enrolled in a graduate studies program at a state university in the field of reading or library media.

Eligible recipients must hold a current valid teaching license and be members of KRA. They must demonstrate superb instructional performance and be committed to a career in reading education or library media.

Please send a letter of application by September 15 to:
Misti Fravel-Towry
PO Box 577
Bucklin, KS 67834

In your letter of application, please state your credentials and college information with verification of enrollment in a brief personal essay. Two reference letters are also necessary for the scholarship.

September is Kansas READ month

This year's READ Month Calender utilizes nonfiction literature with the theme Lights! Action! Literacy!

Secondary Level READ Month Calendar: CLICK HERE to download
Elementary Level READ Month Calendar: CLICK HERE to download

Check out these books, one to celebrate reading for each day of the month. Enjoy R.E.A.D. Month!

Janelle Riedy and Erin Meyers
Kansas READ Month co-chairs

2015-2016 Handbook

Our new handbook has been revised and is now available for download on the KRA Member Portal.

CLICK HERE to download the 2015-2016 Handbook.

KRA Annual Conference

The Kansas Reading Association Annual Conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan on October 4 and 5, 2015. This year's theme is "Lights, Action, Literacy!"

CLICK HERE to go to the KRA Annual Conference information page.

A block of rooms have been reserved at special rates for the KRA Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas. CLICK HERE to make a hotel reservation now or call 785-532-9116 and reference the Kansas Reading Association group block by September 4.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW for the conference by September 18.

DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM and mail in by September 18.


Manuscripts needed for Kansas Journal of Reading

Plans for the 2015-2016 Kansas Journal of Reading are underway. KJR is seeking manuscripts for the upcoming edition. CLICK HERE for more information.

Submissions such as KRA Projects Around the World, Children’s Responses to Literature, Reviews of Professional Resources, and Teaching Vignettes are due October 1. Please consider submitting your work to KJR. Spread the flyer to all who might be interested. And always ask if you have any questions.

Donita Shaw, 2015-2016 KJR Editor

New Institutional Memberships Offered

KRA now offers Institutional Memberships for students at Kansas colleges and universities. CLICK HERE for a PDF with information about our new Institutional Memberships.

Any undergraduate who is enrolled in at least 12 credit hours or a graduate student who is enrolled in at least 9 credit hours and has been admitted into a university’s professional education program may join as part of an institutional membership.

Each institution must have a faculty member who sends in all the students’ names which they are paying for a KRA membership by October 1st of each year to the executive secretary. This will verify that the member is a student at the institution and admitted into the university’s professional education program. No refunds or replacements will be allowed throughout the year. Please note that a convenience fee will be added for online payment processing.

Payment through the university shall be as follows:

Institutional Memberships:
Pay via Mail:
Pay Online:
1 - 25 Students $125.00 $129.00
26 - 100 Students $250.00 $258.00
101 - 250 Students $500.00 $515.00
251 - 500 Students $750.00 $772.00
501 - 1,000 Students $1,000.00 $1,029.00

Join KRA Now

KRA Membership is for anyone interested in encouraging literacy in the State of Kansas. The Kansas Reading Association 2014-2015 membership year is open. Your membership will be effective July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016. Please contact KRA Membership Secretary Diana Spriggs with any questions. Join KRA now.

Online Registration and Payment:

Members can register online and either pay online or via mail. Please note that a convenience fee will be added for online payment processing. CLICK HERE for Online KRA Registration.

Mail Registration and/or Payment:

Members can register online and either register online and submit payment via mail or they can both register and pay via mail.

If you would rather mail in your individual registration and payment: download, print and complete the membership form (Adobe "Acrobat Reader" required). Please mail your form and payment to:

Diana Spriggs
KRA Membership Secretary
1028 Northwest Ave.
Junction City, Kansas 66441

KRA is a proud recipient of:
  • 2001-2014 IRA Award of Excellence
  • 2013 Gold Level Student Membership
  • 2012 Gold Level Membership
  • 2004, 2007 President's Cup
  • 2008 IRA Horizon Award
  • 2007 IRA Membership Excellence Award

  • KRA is a member of:
  • Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA)
  • Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB)

  • KRA is an affiliate of:
  • The International Reading Association
  • Kansas Association of School Libraries
  • Kansas Learning First Alliance
  • Kansas Reads to Kids
  • William Allen White Book Award Selection Committee

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