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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
BMJ NOMINEE RESOURCES:
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.
Become a member
If you have not joined the Kansas Reading Association, do not miss the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful organization.
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.