Choices are a key part of the plotlines in two books honored by Kansas kids in the William Allen White Children's Book Awards.
Peg Kehret's book, "Ghost Dog Stories," won for grades 6 through 8. She saw a letter to an editor about a dog that was tied up and was helpless. She wondered what would happen if that dog was discovered by a child.
The youngster in Patrick Jennings' book, "Guinea Dog," had a different challenge: adapting when parents didn't give him the pet he wanted.
The annual celebration was held Saturday, featuring activities like a parade, autograph sessions, a Van de Graaf generator and chances to make dog toys.
The award program has students in grades 3 through 8 vote on their favorite books. It was established in 1952.