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K-State First Book (KSFB)


Inspiring action - Books that inspire readers to take action and make a positive change in their community.

How we pick books

The selection committee, made up of students, staff, and faculty, reviews nominations and narrows down the list of titles to one. Their work officially begins in the summer and ends in November.

Selection Timeline
Spring 2021Select a theme
Form a committee
Solicit book nominations
Summer 2021Review book samples and narrow to 12 
Fall 2021Read books and narrow to 3
Solicit campus feedback the top 3 books
Rank titles and get feedback from the Provost
Spring 2022Announce the book 

Nominated for the 2022-23 academic year

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet - John Green

The Reckonings - Lacy M. Johnson

The Stakes is High - Mychal Denzel Smith

Radium Girls - Kate Moore

Redefining Normal - Justin & Alexis Black

How to Pronounce Knife: Stories - Souvankham Thammavongsa

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood - Ibtisam Barakat

Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine - Ibtisam Barakat

Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson

Make your bed: little things can change your life...and maybe the world - Admiral William H McRaven

The subtle art of not giving a F*ck - Mark Manson

The Power of Human - Adam Waytz

Friendship - Lydia Denworth  

Team Human - Douglas Rushkoff 

Punching the Air - Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries - Safi Bahcall

Chasing Excellence - Pat Melgares

The Bystander Effect - Catherine Sanderson

We Art Not From Here - Jenny Torres Sanchez

Clap When You Land - Elizabeth Acevedo

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure - Greg Lukianoff  and  Jonathan Haidt

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning - Cathy Park Hong

The Vanishing Half- Brit Bennett

Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That A Movement Forgot - Mikki Kendall

I Am a Girl from Africa - Elizabeth Nyamayaro

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World - Simon Winchester 

Destroy Your Student Loan Debt: The Step-by-Step Plan to Pay Off Your Student Loans Faster - Anthony ONeal 

Who Killed Berta Cáceres? - Nina Lakhani 

Inconspicuous Consumption - Tatiana Schlossberg 

Polluted Promises - Melissa Checker 

Braiding Sweetgrass - Robin Wall Kimmerer 

Emergent Strategy - adrienne maree brown

Drawdown - Paul Hawken and Tom Steyer

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together - Heather McGhee