The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.

These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier!


We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book set in Kansas or on the Kansas Notable Books list.”

Kansas Notable Books List

From the list’s website: “The Kansas Notable Books List is the annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles either written by Kansans or about a Kansas related topic.”

Selections from the 2018 Kansas Notable Books list at the library:

Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin

Kansas Baseball, 1858-1941 by Mark E. Eberle

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

To The Stars Through Difficulties by Romalyn Tilghman

You may find a listing of previous honorees at the Kansas Notable Books website.


Other fun books about Kansas

Wicked Wichita by Joe Stumpe

Bear Grease, Builders, and Bandits: The Men and Women of Wichita’s Past by Beccy Tanner

Ballots and Bullets: The Bloody County Seat Wars of Kansas by Robert K. DeArment

The Female Frontier: A Comparative View of Women on the Prairie and the Plains by Glenda Riley

What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State edited and with an introduction by Thomas Fox Averill

Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes

And even more titles in our catalog!


Happy reading!

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