Literacy & Special Recognition Awards

NERA has had a long tradition of recognizing talented individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of literacy. Over the years we have recognized authors, illustrators, inspiring professors, and dedicated and civic-minded teachers and volunteers- all of whom have inspired us to continue our own work in the field of literacy education.

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2016


DSC_1407At our 2016 conference NERA recognized Terry Farish for her inspiring work as an author and her continued dedication to promoting literacy for special populations of immigrants coming to our country in hopes of finding promise and possibility in their new home. Terry Farish has a passion for writing about immigrants and refugees who are our new neighbors in the U.S. Terry has been writing novels and nonfiction about refugees and immigrants for many years, informed by her early work for the Red Cross in Vietnam.

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thegoodbraider_coverThe Good Braider is her free verse novel about 17-year old Viola and her family’s journey from Sudan to Portland, Maine. The novel was selected as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association and School Library Journal. Terry also authored Either the Beginning or the End of the World, the story of a Cambodian-American girl who journeys into her family’s heritage when she falls in love with a soldier. She has written several picture books. NERA feels Terry’s work is an inspiring example of literacy’s power, promise, and possibility.

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2015


Kellog & Maclaghlin photsAt our 2015 conference, NERA recognized author Patricia MacLachlan and illustrator Steven Kellog for their book Snowflakes FallThe book was written as a message of hope following the tragic events in Sandy Hook, Connecticut in December of 2012. The book is a celebration of life, and the uniqueness each life holds.

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