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2008 Kansas Reading Circle Selection,

2008 Kansas Notable Book, and 2009-2010 William Allen White Awards master list


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Who?   Long-time educator and school librarian Beverley Olson Buller

What?  The first-ever juvenile biography of beloved Kansas newspaper editor William Allen White

When?  September 2007

Where?  All over Kansas!

Why?  Because Kansas kids know about the William Allen White Children's Book Award, but there's never been a book about its namesake that is kid-friendly.  Also, because teachers need books that provide examples of primary sources and various text features.

How?  This book was written after the author read many secondary sources (including all the previously-published biographies) and consulted many primary sources (such as William Allen White's autobiography, letters, and oral histories of people who knew him).  Visiting Emporia, El Dorado, and Moraine Park, Colorado,  where the White family had homes provided more insight. The final step in the process involved carefully selecting primary sources such as old postcards, photos, and even grade cards to make the text more meaningful.  Because the family of William Allen White gave permission, the book allows him to "speak" to the reader through quotations from his autobiography and his many Gazette editorials.



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2010 Schedule


April 8--Kansas Library Conference, evening event with Kansas authors

April 27--Garfield Elementary School, Augusta, KS

September 18--Family Reading Festival, Iola Public Library

September 26--Program on the Porch, WAW Historic Site, Emporia

October 2--William Allen White Awards, Emporia


2009 Schedule


January 17--Barnes & Noble, Bradley Fair, 21st and Rock Road, Wichita, KS

February 28--Kansas authors program, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

May 4--Notable Books reception, Newton Public Library, Newton, KS

June 6--Author Extravaganza, Town Crier Books, Emporia, KS

June 17--Summer Institute for School Librarians, Emporia State University (evening program at WAW Historic Site)

September 11--Lowther North and South Schools, Emporia, KS

                      William Allen White Elementary, Emporia, KS

October 10-- William Allen White Children's Book Awards ceremony, Emporia

October 16--KASL/KSDE/KRA Fall Conference, Topeka

October 26--KSDE Fall Assessment Conference, Topeka

November 13-SKLS Book Day, Wichita

November 21--Golden Plains Reading Association, Dodge City


2008 Schedule


    January 26--"Kansas Birthday Bash" -Butler County Historical Museum

    January 30--Northridge Elementary School, Newton

    February 10-Borders, 119th and Metcalf, Overland Park, KS

    April 9--"Dessert with the Authors" KCFB event at Kansas Library Conf.

    April 10--Kansas Library Conference, Wichita, KS

    April 13--Kansas Originals Market & Gallery Authors and Musicians

    Event, Wilson, KS    http://kansasoriginals.com/

    May 2-Sullivan Elementary, Ulysses, KS

    May 3--Barnes & Noble, Rock Road store, Wichita--6:30 p.m.

    June 14--Kansas Author Extravaganza--Town Crier Bookstore, Emporia

                 Barnes & Noble, Wichita  6 to 8 p.m.

    June 15--Program on the Porch, William Allen White Historic Site, Emporia, KS   2 p.m.

    September 20--KASL District III meeting, Wichita

    September 27--River City Reading Festival, Lawrence, KS   http://www.rivercityreadingfestival.org/

    October 4--William Allen White Awards celebration, Emporia  http://waw.emporia.edu

   November 14--Kansas Association of Middle Level Educators conference   http://www.kamle.org

   November 24--Santa Fe Middle School writing classes, Newton, KS

   December 5--Harvey County Historical Society open house

   December 13--Kansas City STAR Christmas store, Prairie Village, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.





2007 Schedule

September 8---Town Crier Bookstore, Emporia  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

September 11--Newton Public Library, 7 p.m.

September 15---KASL District III fall workshop, Maize

                       Watermark Books, Wichita  1 to 3 p.m.

September 22---KASL District I fall workshop, Topeka

                      KASL District II fall workshop, Leon

September 29---William Allen White Awards Celebration, Emporia


October 5---Kansas Book Festival, Wichita


October 14---River City Reading Festival, Lawrence


October 20---KASL District IV fall workshop, Solomon

October 26--Booksigning at Hastings bookstore, Hutchinson 6 to 8 p.m.

November 10---Harvey County Historical Society 10 a.m.

November 15---Winfield Public Library, 7 p.m.

November 16---Winfield Intermediate School

November 24--Kansas City STAR Christmas Store, Corinth Shopping Center, Prairie Village

December 1--Barnes & Noble, Topeka 10 to 11:30 a.m.

December 8--Anderson Books and Office Supplies on Main in Newton  10 a.m. to noon






Learn More about It

These are the suggested links for those who want to learn more about some of the things mentioned in the book:


The Emporia Gazette Family History:  http://www.emporia.com/waw/index.html

William Allen White School of Journalism:  http://www.journalism.ku.edu/school/waw/index.html

William Allen White State Historic Site:  http://www.kshs.org/places/white/index.htm

A Kansas Portrait:  William Allen White:  http://www.kshs.org/portraits/white_william.htm

The Rocky Mountain National Park Artist in Residence Program:  http://www.nps.gov/romo/supportyourpark/artist_in_residence.htm




Send questions or comments to bbuller@newton.k12.ks.us