- Kansas Reads to Preschoolers
Kansas Reads to Preschoolers
Acting State Librarian Ray Walling, along with the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers committee, is pleased to announce that the 2022 title is Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis.
This picture book story will appeal to young readers, with a focus on the 2-5 years old age group, and is available in English and Spanish (No es una caja).
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- Promotional Materials
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- Read Alikes
- About the Author/Illustrator
- Committee Members
The Kansas Reads to Preschooler's committee has put together a list of read alikes for this year's title. Not a Box Read Alikes
Scholastic is offering good discounts on paperbacks to be given to children.
**Please use the supplied order form when ordering books for your Kansas Reads to Preschoolers event so that we can track the amount or our statistics.**
To get the discount on this year's title, your organization must be a member of Scholastic's Literacy Partnership program. Opening a FACE/LP account is free, and easy to do. If you are unsure if your library is a member of the LP program please call Ginny Mandl at 800-387-1437 ext.6367 or email email@example.com. Checks can be made out to Scholastic Inc.
Antoinette Portis made her picture-book debut with the New York Times best-selling Not A Box, an American Library Association Seuss Geisel Honor book, and one of the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year. She was a recipient of the 2010 Sendak Fellowship.
Antoinette got a BFA at the UCLA School of Fine Arts and then spent years in the world of design and advertising. She was a creative director, then a VP, at Disney before she took a flying leap to pursue her sixth-grade dream of writing and illustrating picture books.
Dreams she did not achieve: ballerina (who knew you had to be able to touch your toes?); astronomer (Math! Not a strong suit); and organic farmer (there’s still dirt and there’s still time).
Antoinette lives in Southern California and reads and draws with kids in local school classrooms. She has been known to grow monster-sized zucchinis.
Author photo and bio courtesy of antoinetteportis.com | Author links : Facebook Instagram Twitter Author's website
Thanks to the following 2022 committee members for all their hard work:
- Patty Collins, Central Kansas Library System
- Vanessa Dauber, Coffey County Library
- Tracey DeShazo, Silver Lake Public Library
- Kathy Ellison, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
- Donna Knoell, Educational Consultant
- Lauren Taylor, Lawrence Public Library
- Janet Reynolds, La Cygne Library
- Sandy Wilkerson, North Central Kansas Libraries System
- Tammie Benham, Southeast Kansas Library System
- Sara McNeil, Wichita Public Library
Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Through the statewide program, parents, librarians and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen title during a selected week and month.
For more information about Kansas Reads to Preschoolers contact Nikki Hansen, Resource Sharing Librarian for the State Library. firstname.lastname@example.org