Award Information

The New Jersey Center for the Book proudly presents the annual Miss Rumphius Award, based upon the title character of the National Book Award winner by Barbara Cooney.

In the spirit of Miss Rumphius, we seek to amplify the work of exemplary librarians, library staff, library students, and school librarians who implement creative and engaging programs to improve their environments. We hope the Miss Rumphius Award inspires other librarians to plant the seeds of these ideas to enhance literacy in their own communities!

Eligibility: The candidate must be employed in New Jersey as a professional librarian, library staff member, library student, certified educator or teacher assistant, and must have developed a creative activity or program to enhance learning and literacy. The activity or program should be collaborative, innovative, and able to be replicated by other librarians and educators. Candidates may be nominated by colleagues or community members or self-nominate.

Application: A link to directions for completing and submitting your application can be found here.

Deadline: March 15, 2024

Award: The Miss Rumphius Award and a $300 honorarium will be presented to the winner(s) at an upcoming library association meeting.

For additional information or clarification, please contact Sharon Rawlins at

Check out our previous award winners.