William Allen White Children's Book Award
The William Allen White Children's Book Award is a set of two annual awards for books selected by vote of Kansas schoolchildren from lists prepared by committee. As a single award it was established in 1952 by Ruth Garver Gagliardo, a children's literature specialist at Emporia State University, which continues to direct the program. It is named for William Allen White (1868–1944), long-time publisher and editor of The Emporia Gazette. The White Award is the oldest state-wide children's choice book award in the United States.
From 2001, two winners have been chosen each year, one by students in grades 3 to 5 and one by students in grades 6 to 8, from separate lists of books. The award website at ESU includes an archive of annual Master Lists that is complete back to the list of 18 books for school year 1952–53. Curriculum Guides "designed to be used in teaching or preparing instructional units" are prepared for books on the year's Master List and some past Guides are available.
Currently (2013), the annual celebration at Emporia early in October includes Friday evening "Read-Ins and Sleepovers" with space for 100 people. After Saturday morning activities, student representatives present medals to the winning writers at the Awards Ceremony. Travel to Emporia is an incentive in some classroom reading programs. At least once (2011), a writer declined because of a conflict on the celebration date and was replaced as the White Award winner.[a]
The 2013–2014 Master Lists comprised 8 books for grades 3–5 and 10 books for grades 6–8, all published during 2012.
There were 49 winners of the single William Allen White Book Children's Book Award in its 48 years through 2000, with two winners in 1974.
- "Winner 2010–2011". WAWCBA. ESU. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- "Winners". WAWCBA. ESU. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- "Master Lists". WAWCBA. ESU. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- "Celebration". WAWCBA. ESU. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- "Home". William Allen White Children's Book Awards (WAWCBA). Emporia State University (emporia.edu). Retrieved 2014-05-05.