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Missouri Literacy Association

An Affiliate of International Literacy Association

The mission of the Missouri Literacy Association is to empower educators, ensure equity, inspire students & encourage leaders with the equitable resources they need to make literacy accessible for all in our diverse community.

International Literacy Association and Missouri Literacy Association Celebrate Literacy Award

The Missouri Literacy Association is seeing nominations for The Celebrate Literacy Award. This award recognizes organizations, institutions, and individuals who have made significant literacy contributions at the local and state level. 

Submission Timeline

  • Nominations must be received by December 1st, 2022

  • Notification of winners by January 31st, 2023

  • Award presentation March 2, 2023, at Write to Learn Conference in Columbia, MO

Award Criteria

Candidates who have shown exemplary accomplishments in any of the following areas may be suggested for consideration by MLA as Celebrate Literacy Award recipient:

  • Direct teaching at any level

  • Organizing local literacy programs

  • Promoting support from the public relative to enhancing literacy

  • Producing teaching materials or special media for literacy programs

  • Conducting research in field related to literacy

  • Conducting special surveys of importance for literacy planning

  • Providing young people the opportunity to help in literacy activities

  • Must be a current MLA and ILA member

How to Apply/Nominate

  • Complete this form.

Please direct any questions to MLA Chair, Debbie Lambeth, db_2k@yahoo.com.

The Winter 22-23 Issue of The Missouri Reader is Now Available!

*Members always have early access*

Help us build literacy in Missouri!

MLA is a State Affiliate of the International Literacy Association.

Regional Membership is included with MLA Membership:

  • St. Louis Region
  • Kansas City
  • Southwest
  • Northwest

Upcoming events

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The Missouri Reader

The Winter 22-23 Issue is now available!

Past Issues:

The Missouri Reader 

Winter 2021-22



Stands With ILA For

Racial Justice and Equality!

Overcoming Racial Injustice

Read the joint statement from ILA and the editors of their academic journals and rise to this call to action.

Message From MLA Chairperson 

Debbie Lambeth

Our Mantra

There is no such thing as a child who hates to read;

There are only children 

who have not found 

the right book.

                By Frank Serafini

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