Past Projects

Notable Books
Annual recognition of 15 outstanding books by Kansans or about Kansas.

Kansas Reads

A one-book / one-state reading and discussion project for adult readers. Titles are selected for broad-based appeal to encourage spirited discussion among readers at libraries, booksellers and other partners statewide.

2014 - Bleeding Kansas
2013 - Then We Came to the End: A Novel
2012 - Our Boys
2011 - What Kansas Means to Me
2010 - Dreams from My Father
2009 - The Virgin of Small Plains
2008 - In Cold Blood
2007 - The Learning Tree

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers
A one-book / one-state inter-generational reading project to highlight the importance of reading to children. The goal is that every Kansas child from birth to age five is read to during Kansas Reads to Preschoolers week in November.

2013 - Dog's Colorful Day
2012 - Lola Loves Stories
2011 - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
2010 - Up Down and Around
2009 - Wiggle
2008 - Bear Feels Sick
2007 - Safety
2006 - Bunny Cakes
2005 - No Matter What

Letters About Literature
A reading and writing initiative for young readers in grades 4-12. Letters are written to authors, living or from the past, whose books have impacted the students' lives.

The State Library will not be sponsoring Letters About Literature for the 2013 program. We hope to have it up and running again for the 2014. For more information, please email us.

Kansas 150 Books
For the Kansas 150 Celebration in 2011 (state sesquicentennial) people around Kansas were asked to name the "best" books about Kansas or by Kansas authors.  View the 150 "Best" Kansas Books list.