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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.

Registration open for 2017-2018 Professional Book Study

KRA's 2017-2018 Professional Book Study will be RENEW! Become a Better - and More Authentic - Writing Teacher by Shawna Coppola. 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 2017-18 school year at the link below. The study will officially begin on November 6, 2017. The deadline to register your group will be November 20, 2017.


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.

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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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