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.

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

Committee resources

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


  • 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
    • No previous attendance at an in-person ALA Annual Conference

How to apply

The ALSC Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee is accepting applications for the 2024 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award!

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 (