New York State Reading Association

The New York State Reading Association (NYSRA) is an all-inclusive volunteer organization of members who are passionate about literacy.  We share and support efforts to improve literacy education for people of all ages on local, state and global levels.  We are teachers, librarians, parents, students, writers, researchers and professors.  We welcome anyone to join us either as an at-large member, or better yet, through one of our many local councils!

REGISTER NOW!! Nov 11-12 to attend NYSRA's Annual Conference 2021!

This year's theme is "Re-Envisioning a Brave New World," which will focus on literacy teaching and learning (PreK-12) while acknowledging a need to address issues of using modern technologies, social justice and cultural literacy.  All sessions will now be offered virtually!!  Register today on our events page.

We're proud to announce that our confirmed keynote and featured speakers will include:

Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul - educator, author, and the co-founder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy. She is the Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. As a former middle school English teacher, Sonja developed curriculum that centered the work of racial literacy in K-12 schools. She leads presentations at educational conferences and works with educators around the world providing professional development on antiracist reading and writing instruction. (photo credit: Joy Malone Photography)

Pam Allyn - leading literacy expert, author, activist and advocate for children, who founded LitLife to bring quality professional learning to teachers across the United States and LitWorld, a groundbreaking global literacy movement serving children across the US and in more than 60 countries, and led her team to create the widely scaled LitCamp and World Read Aloud Day programs.

Penny Kittle - teacher, author, and advocate, and dedicated to helping students and teachers develop a passion for reading and writing. In 2012 Penny and her husband founded the Book Love Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit foundation with one goal: to put books in the hands of teenagers. She is the co-author of 180 Days with Kelly Gallagher, and is the author of Book Love, and Write Beside Them, which won the James Britton award.

Got questions? Don't hesitate to contact the conference committee at

  NYSRA Presents the 2021 Charlotte Book Award winners

  Click here to view a very short video announcing the winners and visit the
  Charlotte Awards tab under Awards for more details.

Dr. Pat Shea-Bischoff
Dr. Pat Shea-Bischoff Speaker Procurement Mini-Grant

The New York State Reading Association is honored to announce the Dr. Pat Shea-Bischoff  Speaker Procurement Mini-Grant. This award is intended to provided financial assistance for New York State Reading Association local chapters for procurement of a speaker(s) for professional development events and is in honor of Dr. Shea-Bischoff's tireless work to help promote and provide literacy professional development in New York State and beyond.

New York State Reading Association local councils are permitted to submit one application per calendar year for up to $250. Please complete this application as accurately and completely as possible. Contact Keith Newvine at with any questions.

The latest edition of the Language and Literacy Spectrum is now available!  A link to the publication has been sent to all active members and it will be added to our members-only section on this website. Thank you to co-editors Keli Garas-York and Jennifer Reichenberg and all of the contributors for their work.

NYSRA is highlighted in the March/April 2021 edition of the International Literacy Association's magazine, Literacy Today with an article su
bmitted by Past-President, Dr. Thea Yurkewecz-Stellato and our President-Elect
, Keith Newvine.

Click on the image to the left to access a PDF copy of the full article.  To read the full March/April edition of Literacy Today, click here.

The Digital Literacy Committee wants to help!

Click on the hyperdoc (or here) to learn all about:

Becoming a Member and/or Renewing Your Membership

How to Use the Website to Keep Track of Memberships

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

NYS Reading Association Publications

How to Join the Charlotte Award Vote

Where to Find & How to Include Your Event on the Calendar of Events

Become a member

Interested in becoming a member of NYSRA? Join one of our local affiliates located throughout NYS and you'll automatically be a member of both organizations!

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NYSRA was recently awarded with the International Literacy Association's Award of Excellence.

The following local councils were also recognized with ILA's Honor Award:

      • Central New York Reading Council
      • Nassau Reading Council
      • Niagara Frontier Reading Council
      • Rochester Area Literacy Council
Congratulations! Certificates will be officially recognized to Honor Award recipients during our Assembly of Delegates meeting in October. 


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The New York State Reading Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Mail to: P.O. Box 874, Albany, NY 12201-0874

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