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Apply for a Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award!

The Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee is seeking applications from ALSC members for the Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award.

This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s Books, provides a $600 stipend to up to four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. This would be a great opportunity in particular for any new librarians who are in or close to San Diego!

Each applicant will be judged on the following:

  • Involvement in ALSC, as well as any other professional or educational association of which the applicant was a member, chair, etc.
  • New programs or innovations started by the applicants at the library in which they work
  • Library experience

Applicants must:

  • Be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA; organizational members are not eligible
  • Work directly with children in elementary, middle schools or public libraries
  • Have less than ten years, but more than one year, of experience as a children’s librarian by the opening of the Annual Conference
  • Have no previous attendance at an in-person ALA Annual Conference

Applications, along with the required Supervisor’s Supporting Statement form, will be due by December 31, 2023.

  • If you would like to review the application before submitting electronically, please refer to the sample application form.
  • If you have questions about the fellowship please contact the co-chairs of the Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee, Elizabeth Burns ( and Mary Schreiber (

Want to learn more? Visit the Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award page.

Susan Dunn is the Children’s Collection Development Librarian at Broomfield Library.  She is writing this post on behalf of the Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee.

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