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

Thank You for Attending the 2016 KRA Conference

We would greatly appreciate your feedback and insight into your experience at the KRA Fall Conference at Ottawa University. Please click on the linked button below and complete the survey.

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This year’s book will be Steven Layne’s book, In Defense of Read-Aloud: Sustaining Best Practice.

KRA members are invited to form small book-study groups within their individual schools/districts to read and implement the ideas presented in the book. All participants must be KRA members and register their group during the fall of the 2016-2017 school year. The study will officially begin on November 7, 2016. The deadline to register your group will be November 14, 2016.

  • REGISTER NOW: Click below to register now for the Professional Book Study.

  • For More information CLICK HERE for more information about the Professional Book Study.

Announcing the Winner of the 2016 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award

dozer's run

Written by Debbie Levy with Rosana Panza
Illustrated by David Opie

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Bill Martin Jr. Award winner Dozer's Run by Debbie Levy with Rosana Panza. Debbie Levy will accept the BMJ Award at the Fall Conference on Monday, October 3 in Ottawa.

2017 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award

We are excited to announce the nominees for the 2017 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award.

  • For information about the nominees

  • Download a 2017 BMJ Award Nominees bookmark
  • We hope to announce the winner of the 2016 Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award very soon.

    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.

    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 2016-2017 membership year is open. Your membership will be effective July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016. 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:

    Rolinda Smith
    KRA Treasurer
    Ft. Riley Middle School
    4022 First Division Road
    Fort Riley, Kansas 66442

    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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