The Miss Rumphius Award is based upon the title character of the 1983 National Book Award winner by Barbara Cooney. This prize honors librarians, school media specialists,and educators who are stellar in spreading ideas and literacy. More about eligibility, requirements and deadline for submission of nominations.

Eligibility: The nominee must be employed in New Jersey as a professional librarian, library staff member, certified educator or teacher assistant, and must have developed creative activities to enhance learning and literacy. The activity should be collaborative, innovative, and able to be replicated by other librarians and educators.

Requirements: The nominee must be willing to help produce his or her program for other classrooms and/or libraries.

Nominations must include:

  • the full name of the nominee and the place of employment;
  • shall describe the activity or program in complete detail;
  • shall describe the setting in which it takes place;
  • shall indicate the collaborative aspects;
  • shall indicate the innovative aspects of the program or activity and indicate how it can be replicated;
  • shall include the full name and title of the nominator with address, email, phone number and fax number; shall include a letter of support from an administrator, from a former or current student, from a client or patron, or from a member of the staff.

Submissions should be emailed as PDF files to Carol Phillips at the address below. Self-nominations are accepted.

Deadlines:  The deadline for submissions for 2018 has been extended to January 15, 2018.

Award:  A monetary amount of $200.00 and a NJ Center for the Book Miss Rumphius Award certificate will be presented to the recipient later during the year at an appropriate library association meeting.

Send to/Questions: Carol Phillips,

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