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Call for CLA Award Proposals

We have three fantastic opportunities to support CLA members who are immersed in advocating for children’s literature in the academic and personal lives of children.  The deadline for all three awards is 11:59pm on July 1, 2017.  Application forms, submission instructions, and previous award recipients can be found here.

  1. CLA Research Award:  This award provides grants of US $1,000 for original research addressing significant questions related to the field of children’s literature. Contingent upon available funds, as many as two grants may be awarded. Projects may be carried out using any research method or approach so long as the focus of the project is related to the field of children’s literature. Questions should be directed to the Committee Chair, Thomas Crisp (
  2. Bonnie Campbell Hill Literacy Leader Award: This award honors two outstanding teacher leaders annually. The award recognizes the contributions and leadership of the late Bonnie Campbell Hill. Award recipients include classroom teachers, literacy coaches, or teacher educators dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing in real world contexts in grades K – 8.  The US $2,500 grant is intended to be used for professional development (not for materials, except professional books for a book study).  Applicants must be members of both NCTE and CLA. The award is supported by Bonnie Campbell Hill’s family and colleagues. Questions should be directed to the Committee Chair, Nancy J. Johnson (
  3. CLA Early Career Award: This award is intended to recognize the work of one early career individual who shows extraordinary promise as a researcher and leader in the field of children’s literature. Nominees must have graduated with a doctoral degree no more than seven years prior to the nomination date (July 1, 2017). Questions should be directed to the Committee Chair, Thomas Crisp (