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Children's literature celebrated at annual William Allen White Children's Book Awards Featured

Author Lynda Mullaly Hunt (left) speaks after receiving her award. Also pictured (far right) author Mary Downing Hahn. Author Lynda Mullaly Hunt (left) speaks after receiving her award. Also pictured (far right) author Mary Downing Hahn. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News

Children from across Kansas turned out in droves Saturday to Emporia State University for the 66th annual William Allen White Children's Book Awards.


This year's guests of honor included Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of "Fish in a Tree," which was selected by Kansas schoolchildren in grades 3 through 5. Hunt is a former teacher and a mother who says she struggled with learning to read and write as a child. She says she relates a lot to the character in her book, who herself misbehaves in school to mask her own inability to read and write. Hunt says having the children's seal of approval on her book is the most rewarding part.

Also honored Saturday was Mary Downing Hahn, author of "Took," which was voted on by Kansas schoolchildren in grades 6 through 8. Hahn, who is known for her spine-chilling ghost stories and spooky mysteries says what appeals to kids is the thrill of being safely scared which she says the book accomplishes.

Both authors received their awards during a ceremony at Webb Hall Saturday following hours of activities and book signings at the ESU Memorial Union.

The William Allen White Children’s Book Award program began after the famed journalist’s death in 1944.

 

Photos by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News

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