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-Legacy 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 no longer accepting applications for the 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award. If you have questions about your appliction, please reach out to the ALSC Grant Administration committee chair, Ariana Hussain, at
The application process will open again in the Fall of 2019.

Announcement of winners

Winners of the 2019 Penguin Random House Group Award will be announced by late November 2018 via press release on

Committee resources

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