This Saturday the state of Kansas will turn 150 years old.  Happy Birthday, Kansas!  How timely that this month marked the first time ever that a Kansas author has won the Newbery Medal for most distinguished children's book of the year.  Clare Vanderpool of Wichita was awarded the Newbery on January 10 for her debut novel Moon Over Manifest.

How about celebrating the birthday of Kansas by reading a book by a Kansas author?  You may have to get on the waiting list for Vanderpool's in-demand award-winning book, but there are other talented Kansas authors out there writing books for children.  Here are a few to choose from:  Brad Sneed, Jane Kurtz, Lisa Harkrader, Dian Curtis Regan, and Richard W. Jennings.

Happy Kansas Day and happy reading!