Award Winning Books

William Allen White Children's Book Award Logo

(The official site is not currently up to date,. For the most recent information follow links below)


The William Allen White Children's Book Award Winners for 2022 are:

Grades 3-5: Wildfire: a Novel by Rodman Philbrick

Grades 6-8: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart


(TPS 3rd - 5th top vote getter: A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry)

(TPS 6th - 8th top vote getter: Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga)



William Allen White Award 2021-2022 Voting Instructions for TPS Media Specialists:

Here are some important instructions about voting as it is done for Topeka Public Schools:

> The Media Services Office collects all the TPS Voting Tally Sheets. We record your votes for a local winner and then enter the votes at the William Allen White Online Voting site. Please DO NOT vote online yourself.

> Please see the attachments below for copy-ready forms for ballots. A student may vote for a book on either list or both if they have read at least 2 books from each list.

> Also attached is the Excel tally sheet which will automatically add up your votes. Tally sheets may be submitted in digital or print form: Your choice. Please note that the tally sheets require the number of votes for each title, at EACH grade level. This is required information when submitting Online.

> Please send the tally sheet for your school by the April 6 deadline. Please be sure that the tally sheet has your school name at the top and contains number totals for each grade level. (If you need a couple of days past April 6 to complete voting or if your school is not able to vote this year, please let us know.)

As you schedule your voting days, please find and avoid dates that testing is scheduled at your school(s), parent-teacher conferences on Feb. 8-9, and remember that Spring Break is March 13-17. If you have any questions please let us know.

Sample On-Line William Allen White Voting "Google Forms" EDIT access (Please COPY these forms to your drive before using)

> 3-5 WAW Children's Book Award Voting Form 2022-2023

> 6-8 WAW Children's Book Award Voting Form 2022-2023

> 3-8 WAW Children's Book Award Voting Form 2022-2023

Sample printed Ballots

> 3-5 WAW Voting Ballot 2022-2023

> 6-8 WAW Voting Ballot 2022-2023

Tally Sheet (Please COPY this Excel document to your desktop before using)

> Tally Sheet 2022-23


2022-2023 Schedule of WAW Events

  • Oct. 1 2022 (Traditionally, 1st Sat. in October)

  • February-April 2023 - Students Vote at Schools

  • April 6, 2023 - School Vote Tally Sheet Deadline at Media Services Office

  • April 15, 2023 - Deadline for District to have Tally Votes Transmitted to Emporia

  • April 20, 2023- May Start Announcements of the New 2022-2023 Master Lists to Students

  • Late April or May, 2023 Award Winners for 2021-2022 posted online at The William Allen White Children's Book Award Site


Promoting reading and voting

There are some good ideas and current information at the official William Allen White Awards website.

Also Official William Allen White Children's Book Awards PowerPoint (Please COPY this PowerPoint to your drive before using)

  • Official William Allen White Bookmarks for Grades 3-5 (no current info.)

  • Official William Allen White Bookmarks for Grades 6-8 (no current info.)


Topeka Public Schools promotions:

  • TPS William Allen White Children's Book Award 2022-2023 bookmarks

TPS WAW Bookmarks for Grades 3-5

TPS WAW Bookmarks for Grades 6-8


(If you want to make changes to these slides, please download them to your drive before using)


(If you want to make changes to these slides, please download them to your drive before using)


WAW Master List bright green labels are available from the Media Services office and may be customized with the year. Contact Media Services.

If you wish to make your own, here is a William Allen White Master List spine label template (thank you Jan Stover)

> Spine label template in Publisher

> Spine label template PDF

Adjust the label in this document to fit your school needs. Print the labels on bright colored paper so it will be noticed on the shelf. The traditional color for these labels is bright green.


Information for the 2022-2023 WAW Award cycle

> The WAW Master List for 2022-2023 posted by Bev Buhler, November 15, 2021.




Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award

The Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award, originally a Kansas Reading Association established award, is now supported by the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, Emporia State University.

Follow this LINK to the new Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award website

The Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Winner for 2022 is "Every Little Letter" by Deborah Underwood, Joy Hwang Ruiz illustrator.


BMJ.2023.flyer.pdf

Follow the link above