Award Winning Books
Grades 3-5: Lindsay Currie for Scritch Scratch
Grades 6-8: J. L. Esplin for 96 Miles
(TPS 3rd - 5th top vote getter: Scritch Scratch !)
(TPS 6th - 8th top vote getter: 96 Miles !)
William Allen White Award 2023-2024 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 5 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 5 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)
Sample printed Ballots
Tally Sheet (Please COPY this Excel document to your desktop before using)
2023-2024 Schedule of WAW Events
April 20, 2023- May Start Announcements of the New 2023-2024 Master Lists to Students
Late April or May, 2023 Award Winners for 2022-2023 posted online at The William Allen White Children's Book Award Site
Oct. 7 2023 (Traditionally, 1st Sat. in October)
February-April 2024 - Students Vote at Schools
April 5, 2024 - School Vote Tally Sheet Deadline at Media Services Office
April 15, 2024 - Deadline for District to have Tally Votes Transmitted to Emporia
Promoting reading and voting
There are some good ideas and current information at the official William Allen White Awards website.
Official William Allen White Children's Book Awards PowerPoint (Please COPY this PowerPoint to your drive before using)
From Mrs. Lisa Duncan, Library Media Specialist, Pauline South Intermediate School through KASL:
Topeka Public Schools promotions:
TPS William Allen White Children's Book Award 2022-2023 bookmarks
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)
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 2023-2024 WAW Award cycle
> The WAW Master List for 2023-2024 posted by Bev Buhler, October 28, 2022.
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