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Check out what the experts are saying!

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                                                  “The 2022 Kansas Notable Books list recognizes 15 books written

               by Kansans or about Kansas,” said Ray Walling, Acting State Librarian. "Readers can be

               transported back in time to the 1887 election in Argonia or to the epic battle of twin

               sisters enabled with superpowers facing a sinister force. This year’s titles include

               something for everyone..."

Each year, the Kansas Notable Books list features 15 books, published during the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Kansas, or written by a Kansas author. This year’s

selection committee includes representatives of public, university, and school libraries,

teachers, academics, and writers. 

Kansas Notable Books authors will be awarded their medals at the Kansas Book Festival on September 24 at Washburn University. 

Kansas Notable Books is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book, a program at the State Library of Kansas which is the state affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. 

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Factually accurate and accessibly told.

Our verdict: GET IT

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VERDICT: An engaging work of narrative nonfiction that has clear applications

in classrooms and school libraries. Recommended for elementary collections

“Ed wants to know if boys can bake cakes, too, or if baking is only for girls. His grandmother Dora tells him the story of Susanna Salter, a woman who defied the gender norms of her era and became the U.S.’s first female mayor when she was elected in Argonia, Kansas in 1887. The book ends with a surprising twist. Students will appreciate the straightforward language and engaging images. The colorful illustrations are appealing enough to intrigue curious readers. Historical details in the images support comprehension of the narrative and anchor students in an unfamiliar place and time. Teachers will appreciate the author’s message and theme. There is also a clear application with social studies and history standards. The book is based on solid historical research and the research method is discussed in the back matter; librarians even get a mention! The back matter also includes images of and more information about Salter.”

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A children’s librarian reviews twenty of the best children's books about women who have improved our world with creativity, tenacity, and problem-solving skills. Use these books at home, in the classroom, or read aloud in any setting. Click HERE.

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