Recognizing Innovative Projects in Support of
Cultivating Literacy & Lifelong Readers

Do You Know a Great Teacher?

Teachers Can Apply or be Nominated to the
Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy

$10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 grant awards are available including $2,500 in Penguin Random House titles. Transportation, lodging and conference registration is also provided for the $10,000 grant recipient to attend the Penguin Random House Awards event at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from November 17-20, 2016

NEW: $10,000 Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry

Designated for programs specifically centered around poetry, we invite you, or a teacher you know, to share their love of poetry in the classroom and apply!

Application Deadline: September 1, 2016

2016 Application Form    2016 Teacher Awards Guidelines

Official Press Release    2015 Winners

Check out our highlights video and past recipients!

Check out our 2015 Teacher Award Recipients


First Place
10,000 Grant Recipient

4th/5th Grade Language Arts/Humanities Teacher
Evergreen Park World Cultures Community School
Blaine, MN

Maurna Rome’s passion and inspiration in creating an after-school program involving students, family members, the school community and college student mentors, has earned her the 2015 Penguin Random House Teacher Award for Literacy. Her program Literacy L.I.F.T. Club (Linking Imagination, Fun and Text) offers diverse literary activities for each student member while collaborating with college students for an impactful and unique learning experience centered around books.


Second Place
$5,000 Grant Recipient

Reading/English Instructor
Hillsborough High School
Tampa, FL

High School English teacher, Sarah Lamarand, is all about transforming the mindsets of her reluctant readers with high expectations—reinforcing reading as a doorway to opportunities for their future. Her literacy initiative includes motivating bookclubs, poetry slams, local museums and college visits to transform her students.


Third Place
$2,500 Grant Recipient

English Language Arts Teacher
Winton Woods City Schools
Mason, OH

Christopher Pearce combines creativity, love of learning and the power of comics as a gateway for storytelling, giving his lower level readers an opportunity to advance toward a grade-appropriate reading level. His curriculum is based around award winning graphic novels and the history of American comic and sequential art.