“Two books about young girls dealing with growing pains have been judged the best by Kansas schoolchildren.
“11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (Scholastic Books) and Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) are the recipients of the 2012 William Allen White Children’s Book Awards.
“The William Allen White Children’s Book Award program was founded in 1952 by Ruth Garver Gagliardo, a specialist in children’s literature for Emporia State University. One of the few literary awards that asks young readers to choose the winners, the program is directed by Emporia State University and supported in part by the Trusler Foundation.
“Both authors have been invited to the awards celebration, set for Saturday, Oct. 6, in Emporia.”