Category: Books (Entertainment)

Children’s literature is focus of William Allen White Children’s Book Awards celebration

October 2, 2014

Nearly 500 students and educators will celebrate children’s literature during the 62nd annual William Allen White Children’s Book Awards on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Emporia State University. The events, including a special event on Friday night, are open to the public.

Authors Don Brown and Helen Frost will be the guests of honor during a day that culminates in receiving their awards. Brown wrote “America is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell,” and Frost wrote “Hidden.”

“America is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell,” selected by voters in Grades 3 through 5, tells the events of Sept. 11, 2001. In the fourth installment of the Actual Times series, Brown narrates the events of the day in an accessible and understandable way for young readers. Straightforward and honest, this account moves chronologically through the morning, from the plane hijackings to the crashes at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania; from the rescue operations at the WTC site to the collapse of the buildings.

“Hidden,” selected by readers in Grades 6 through 8, leads readers through a world of contradictions, told by two characters’ alternating points of view about the one experience they have in common. In a chance encounter at camp, the girls face each other for the first time. They can finally learn the truth if they are willing to trust each other. This novel-in-poems reveals the complexities of memory and the strength of friendship.

Free events on Saturday, Oct. 4, kick off bright and early at 7:30 a.m. in Emporia State University’s Memorial Union. From 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., copies of the books and souvenirs of the celebration will be sold by the Memorial Union Bookstore, and both authors will be available to sign the books. From 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., children’s activities will be available including a storyteller, writing letters to authors and craft projects. At 11 a.m., a parade through the Emporia State campus begins.

The awards ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. in Webb Hall on the second floor of the Memorial Union. Tickets cost $5 and are available at the door.

Participants should enter the east side of the Memorial Union. Ambassadors will direct everyone to activities from there.