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

2016 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award Voting Open

One of the benefits of membership in the Kansas Reading Association is the exposure to top quality picture books through the Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Awards. The celebrated author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom and many others was a leader in the early literacy field. The award named for him honors his work in children’s literature by recognizing outstanding authors/illustrators of children’s picture books.

Now is the time to select the next recipient of the Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award. The committee has presented us with an awesome list of books nominated for the award. Many councils have featured the books in their meetings. Voting will be opened February 1-29, 2016.

Each member of the Kansas Reading Association has one vote. CLICK HERE and then select "Register" to cast your vote now through February 29. The link may also be found in the member's only event section of the website member portal at

PLEASE NOTE: you must be signed in as a KRA member on the member portal before you can vote in the BMJ event. If your membership has expired, you will first need to renew your membership before being allowed to vote. You can renew your membership or join KRA at

Exciting news: Bill Martin Jr.’s book Listen To Our World is being published posthumously and is available for pre-order on Amazon and at other book sites. Bill Martin had worked with Michael Sampson to complete the book before his death. Melissa Sweet illustrated the book. Plans are also set to release the book Spunky Little Monkey at a future date.

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 2015-2016 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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