California Reading Association Awards

2018 Award Winners
2018 Margaret Lynch Area Exemplary Service Award Recipients

Margaret Lynch Area Exemplary Service Award

Deadline: May 1
  • Purpose: To recognize annually contributions in the field of reading within each CRA area.
  • Eligibility: Any CRA member who has made outstanding contributions in the field of reading within his/her CRA area is eligible for the award.
(Note: Former winners of the Marcus Foster Memorial Reading Award, the John Martin Distinguished Service Award, or current CRA board members are not eligible for nomination. Previous winners of this award are not eligible to receive this award again.)
  1. The nominee´s contributions to reading in his/her CRA area.
  2. The effect of these contributions in improving reading and literacy within the area.
Award Recipients will:
  • Receive an individual plaque presented at the CRA Conference.
  • Be honored at an appropriate time during the Conference.
  1. Any CRA member within an area may recommend nominees for the award. These recommendations should be made in writing to the local council president.
  2. Each local council may submit one nomination to the Area Director. A nomination form is provided for this purpose.
  3. A committee composed of the Area Director, who shall serve as the chairperson, and the President and President-Elect of each local council within the area shall determine their one nominee for that area.
  4. The name of each area's nominee shall then be submitted by each Area Director to the Citations and Awards Committee Chair by April 1.
  5. Final approval will be given by the CRA Board of Directors in June.

John Martin Distinguished Service Award

Deadline: May 1
  • Purpose: The John Martin Distinguished Service Award shall be presented to a member of the California Reading Association who has merited recognition for his/her outstanding service in the Association.
Award Recipient will:
  1. Receive an individual plaque at the CRA Conference.
  2. Have his/her name added to the permanent plaque on display in the CRA office.
  3. Be honored at an appropriate function at the CRA Conference.
  1. The recipient for this award shall be nominated by any member of the CRA Executive Board.
    1. Nominations must be made in writing.
    2. Nominations must be sent to the Citations and Awards Committee Chair by June 30th.
  2. After reviewing all nominations, the Citations and Awards Committee shall submit the name of the proposed recipient to the CRA Board.
  3. The CRA Board of Directors has the final responsibility in the selection of the John Martin Distinguished Service Award recipient.

Writing On With Reading Award ("WOW")

Deadline: June 30th
WOW Application 
  • Purpose: As part of making love of reading more visible and to provide a positive view of reading, students, classrooms, and teachers, the California Reading Association recognizes students for their love of reading and their commitment to reading books. 
  • Eligibility: Students in grades K-12 who have written an essay on "Why I Love to Read." Participation is voluntary; the entire class does not have to submit essays. 
  • Criteria: A student may submit an essay on "Why I Love to Read." Each essay must be the student's voluntary, individual work. It must reflect the student's actual attitude toward reading. K-2 and 3-5 papers are limited to one page, maximum 250 words, handwritten or typed. Grades 6-8 and 9-12 papers are limited to two pages, maximum 500 words, handwritten or typed. Papers are to be the individual work of the student. Please adhere to the California State Writing Standard for guidance in choosing student work to be submitted. Student work submitted should be in final draft form. "Invented spelling" is acceptable and a teacher explanation of a word or words may accompany the essay on a separate page for clarification purposes for the CRA reader. It is mandatory that each entry needs to have the nomination form attached. No entries will be returned nor will evaluations be provided. 
  • Award: Awards are given in four categories with one overall winner and three additional honorable mentions in each of the following category levels; K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. 
    • If there is not a entry or a winner in any category a winner may be selected from any category. The winning essays will be published in The California Reader. 
    • Each honorable mention will receive a special certificate (participation certificates are not provided for other entrants by CRA). 
    • The overall winners are invited to read their papers at the CRA Literacy Conference California Young Reader Medal reception on October 19th, at 5 p.m. The conference will be held at the McClellan Park Conference Center in McClellan Park, CA.
    • The travel of the four overall winners to the conference will be supported by the program budget. A press release with the essay will be provided by CRA to the winner’s school district and hometown newspaper. 
  • Procedure:
    • The teacher attaches a nomination form to each essay entry and sends it to the CRA by June 30th. 
    • The CRA Citations and Awards Committee will read the essays and select the winners and honorable mentions. 
    • The winners and honorable mentions and their teachers will be notified by August 30th.

Nancy Rogers-Zegarra New Teacher Scholarship Award

Deadline: June 30th
Nomination Form 
  • Purpose: To provide a scholarship for a beginning teacher ( first or second year of teaching) which will enable him/her to experience the benefits of attending the CRA PDI and provide resources  for their professional growth.
  • Eligibility: Employed as a new teacher (2 years or less of teaching experience) in California.
  • Criteria:
    • One letter of recommendation by support provider, principal, or staff member testifying to new teacher’s outstanding teaching as a new teacher at their school. (1 page; maximum 200 words).
    • Personal statement describing how attending the annual CRA Professional Development Institute will benefit your teaching and your students’ literacy development. (Not to exceed one page; maximum 200 words.)