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. Recipients will also attend the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet

Current Penguin Random House Award Winners
Past Penguin Random House Award Winners


  • 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, officer, chairman, etc.
    • New programs or innovations started by the applicants at the library in which he/she works
    • 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
    • No previous attendance at an ALA Annual Conference

How to apply 

The ALSC Grant Administration committee is currently accepting online applications for the 2017 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award. Applications, supervisor supporting statements, and resumes are due by October 1, 2016. To apply, please complete the following steps:
  • Review the paper application before submitting electronically [Paper Application--PDF]
  • Please do not fill out and submit the application until you have all the necessary materials to complete your application, including your resume and supervisor's supporting statement. [Supervisor Supporting Statement--Download Here
  • Contact the chair of the ALSC Grant Administration committee, Jennifer Smith, with questions at

Announcement of winners

 Winners of the 2017 Penguin Random House Grant winners will be announced in November 2016 via press release on

Committee resources

Grants Administration Committee Manual (Word)
Grants Administration Committee Manual (PDF)