Kansas Notable Books recognizes 15 outstanding titles either written by Kansans or about a Kansas-related topic. Kansas Notable Books highlights our contemporary writing community and encourages readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.
A committee of academics, librarians, and authors of previous Notable Books identifies quality titles from among those published the previous year, then the State Librarian makes the selection for the final List. A medal awards ceremony honors the books and their authors.
Kansas Notable Books is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book, a program of the State Library. Throughout the award year, the State Library promotes and encourages the promotion of all the titles on that year’s list at literary events, and among librarians and local, independent booksellers.
See the book lists for each year in the navigation bar (at left on the computer, or below on a mobile device). Posters, press releases, and other materials are also available.