Established by Ruth Garver Gagliardo in 1952 and directed by Emporia State University in Emporia, KS, the William Allen White Children's Book Award honors the best books as chosen by Kansas schoolchildren. Named after a prominent Kansas citizen, the award is also meant to promote and encourage reading.
Award winner - Grades 3-5 - America is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell
Written by Don Brown
Award winner - Grades 6-8 - Hidden
Written by Helen Frost