Each school district and each public library in New Jersey may submit the names of any students the district or public library wishes to recognize as Enthusiastic Readers. The second page of the submission must include the teacher’s/librarian’s reason why the student is an enthusiastic reader based on the following characteristics:

  1. Exhibits an enthusiasm for reading
  2. Exhibits an enthusiasm for sharing books
  3. Uses books for a variety of purposes
  4. Reads independently on a voluntary basis
  5. Uses school and/or public libraries

Nomination Forms and Procedures

Each application is read by a committee and considered based on the above criteria. Applications will NOT be considered if any information is missing or is not legible. Please contact Leslie Blatt ( with any questions.

2016 Enthusiastic Reader Nomination Form (.docx)

2016 Enthusiastic Reader Nomination Form (.pdf)

Mail the completed forms, including permission page and all contact information, to: 

Enthusiastic Reader Award 
 c/o Leslie Blatt

35 Astor Place

Springfield, NJ 07081

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Regional winners will be selected from North Jersey, Central Jersey, and South Jersey by a panel of school librarians. The panel receives the top 8-10 submissions per grade level and region. Student names and school names/library names are omitted from the submissions. A total of nine students will be chosen; one elementary level student, one middle level student, and one high school level student from each region. The nine winners and sponsors will be notified by October 30, 2016.

Award Celebration at NJASL Fall Conference

‘Enthusiastic Reader Award’ Winners will represent all of the many students in New Jersey who value the joy and importance of reading. The celebration for the winners will take place at the NJASL Fall Conference on Saturday morning, November 19, 2016 at Ocean Place in Long Branch.

The nominating librarian will serve as the contact for the family and is invited to attend the celebration. Each Enthusiastic Reader winner and one (1) guest will also be invited to join the NJASL Membership for lunch on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Additional tickets will be for sale.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Enthusiastic Reader Awards

Pictured with Author Carol Plum-Ucci

Elementary School Students:
  • Meadow Geltzeiler - Grade 5 - Burnet Hill Elementary School, Livingston, NJ (Librarian: Sharon Edelberg)
  • Chenyang (James) Huang - Grade 3 - Washington Elementary School, Union, NJ (Librarian: Lynne Manicinelli)
  • Sajid Hassan - Grade 3 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr School Complex, Atlantic City, NJ (Librarian: Matthew Doyle)


Middle School Students:

  • Julie Ann Marquez - Grade 7 - Lincoln Middle School, Passaic, NJ (Librarian: Fran King)
  • Fawzy Lawal - Grade 7, Kawameeh Middle School, Union, NJ (Librarian: Mary K. Lewis)
  • Genan (Gina) Farhat - Grade 6, Pennsauken Intermediate School, Pennsauken, NJ (Librarian: Bruce DuBoff)

High School Students:

  • Danielle O'Byrne - Grade 12, Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School, Wood-Ridge, NJ (Librarian: Eileen Layman)
  • Eun-Seo (Katherine) Kim - Grade 9, Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, NJ (Librarian: Mary Jane McNally)
  • Shaleah Serrano - Grade 11, Burlington County Institute of Technology High School, Burlington, NJ (Librarian: Vicki Malsbury)
These winners were honored on Saturday, March 14 at a special ceremony that will take place during the NJASL Spring Event at William Paterson University.  

For more information about this award, please email:

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