Innovative Reading Grant

Sponsored by Capstone

Monetary Amount: $2,500

Deadline: February 1, 2020


The AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.


Applicant must be personal member of AASL.


All applications for the grant will be judged against the following criteria:

  1. The potential to measure and evaluate a literacy project that promotes the importance of reading and facilitates the learners' literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy
  2. Reading program must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting

  3. Program must encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading. Existing commercial programs will not be considered

  4. Project should demonstrate potential to impact student learning, especially reading

  5. Originality of project and methodology

  6. Potential for replication of the program should be apparent

  7. Demonstration of the ability of the applicant(s) to undertake and successfully complete the project

  8. A project plan that includes a timeline, budget, and clarity of purpose

  9. Research should be evidence-based and scholarly in nature

  10. Rankings based on a rubric that correlates with the ratings sheet.

  11. This award is to be for a successful reading project that demonstrates the potential for reading improvement in K-9th grade. (A program that promotes the importance of reading and facilitates the learners' literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy.) That can show improvement of reading in the students it is applied to.

  12. The grant recipient may be invited to present a program at a future AASL National Conference after the study has been completed and the results known.

  13. The grant recipient may be invited to write an article for Knowledge Quest that delineates their reading incentive project and demonstrate their successes, trials, and recommendations for improving so others can replicate the project.

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Download Copy of Application 

* Please note: This downloadable version is for informational purposes only. All applications must be submitted online, via the Apply Now button that will appear at the top of the page when the next award season opens September 1.


Allison Cline email icon
Deputy Executive Director


Year Recipient School
2019 Susan Gauthier East Baton Rouge Parish (La.) Schools
2018 Judy Deichman Nottoway Middle School
Crewe, Va.
2017 Alison Kirkpatrick
River Road High School
Amarillo, Texas
2016 Andrea Catania-Stephenson
El Camino Fundamental High School
Sacramento, Calif.
2015 Clarice Marchena
Dos Puentes Elementary School
Manhattan, N.Y.
2014 Christina Genay
Quarles Elementary School
Winchester, Va.
2013 Panagiotis Stathopoulos de Paul School
Louisville, Ky.
2012 Kristine Klopp
Lindbergh Elementary School
Madison, Wis.
2011 Shanna Miles Tech High School
Atlanta, Ga.
2010 Myra Oleynik
Bower Hill Elementary School
Venetia, Pa.
2009 Cathleen Friedmann
Metairie Park Country Day School
Metairie, La.
2008 Barbara Powell-Schager
Big Shanty Intermediate School
Kennesaw, Ga.
2007 Nancy Baumann
Barnett Shoals Elementary School
Athens, Ga.