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The California Reading Association

     Dedicated to Literacy for Over Fifty Years

The California Reading Association

Dedicated to Literacy for Over Fifty Years

The California
Reading Association

Dedicated to Literacy for Over Fifty Years

Membership Information

Benefits of CRA Membership

Your membership provides you with valuable literacy opportunities, which include:

  • Receiving a professional journal, The California Reader, published quarterly and mailed directly to your home as an active CRA and local council member.

  • Receiving reduced member rates at the annual CRA Professional Development Institute. This staff development event features well-known researchers and educators as well as a rich variety of children's and young adult authors and illustrators. Savings on conference registration far exceed the cost of CRA/local council membership.

  • Becoming part of a local network of teachers and administrators interested in promoting literacy opportunities within their local communities and schools. Some of these activities involve family reading rallies, young writers fairs, mini-conferences, special guest speakers, author and illustrator visits, community service projects like "Books for Babies," and book drives for needy organizations such as women's shelters, juvenile centers, or group homes.

  • The intrinsic reward of making a professional commitment to literacy and literacy activities.

How to Join

Regular Membership

Regular membership annual fee is $40.

CRA will forward your name to your local council´s membership chairperson so that your name can be added to their membership list and you will begin receiving CRA and local council program notices and publications.

If additional assistance is needed, please contact CRA at 714‑435‑1983 or membership@californiareads.org for information on the geographic locations of councils in your area.

Institutional Membership

For Institutional membership, please use the forms below.

  • Institutional Membership Application ( PDF or Word format )

Mail the application to the CRA Office as indicated on the form. The membership fee is different than a regular membership; please read the application form for more information.

Out-of-State Membership

For Out-of-State membership, please use the forms below.

  • Out-of-State Membership Application ( PDF or Word format )

Mail the application to the CRA Office as indicated on the form. The membership fee is different than a regular membership; please read the application form for more information.

Please Note: Membership renewal must be done annually to maintain "active" status. Renew here.

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American Literacy Corporation
$2000 "Outstanding Contributions to Literacy" award
$500 to CRA Council that nominates a winning K-8 educator
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