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2017 KRA Conference

Please join us in Topeka for the 2017 KRA Conference on Monday, October 30. It will take place at the Washburn University Memorial Union, 1700 College Avenue in Topeka.

During this year's conference we will celebrate Educators: Literacy Superheroes. The conference will feature special guest and visiting author Steven Layne, who wrote the 2016-2017 KRA Professional Book Study's In Defense of Read Aloud. CLICK HERE for more information about Mr. Layne and his keynote address entitled "Confessions of a Reading Arsonist." Author Aaron Reynolds will accept the 2017 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award for his book Nerdy Birdy and speak during the conference.

Membership dues extended until after upcoming vote to determine KRA's future

At this time, the Kansas Reading Association will consider all paid memberships from last year to be extended into the new fiscal year.  As you know from reading information on the KRA website, there have been changes at ILA. KRA is trying to determine our best step forward in the process.  We will have updates at the fall conference on October 30, and we will update all members who had current membership dues paid last year with our decision as we move forward.  All members will have a voice in the final decisions that are made regarding KRA. Thank you for sending in your membership dues. If KRA continues as an organization, we will collect dues in the future. 

Summer Leadership Retreat

The Summer Leadership Meeting was held on June 11, 2017 at Baldwin Intermediate Center in Baldwin, Kansas. Twenty-one members attended in Baldwin, and three members attended via Zoom. Six councils were represented. What follows is a summary of the critical items discussed at the meeting. Anyone desiring to read the official minutes may contact Vicki Seeger at vseeger@kansasread.org.

  • DOWNLOAD the complete summary of our 2017 Summer Leadership Retreat.

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.

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

Upcoming events

  • Mon, October 30, 2017 7:30 AM Washburn University Memorial Union, 1700 College Avenue in Topeka

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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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