The Leila Christenbury Literacy Fund was established in 2007 with gifts from Leila Christenbury, Commonwealth Professor Emerita in the VCU School of Education. 

Well-known in national education circles, Christenbury taught English Education at VCU for 32 years, serving as professor, department chair and interim dean. She is a 45-year veteran teacher in secondary English and higher education, former editor of English Journal and past president of the National Council of Teachers of English. She is the recipient of both the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in Teaching and the James N. Britton Award for Educational Research. The focus of her teaching and research is how to teach secondary English and she has a special interest in young adult literature. 

VCU Libraries will use this fund in 2023 to send a VCU student to the American Library Association conference in Chicago in June. The selected student will have proven interest in literacy and library work in the educational setting or will have aspirations to write and/or illustrate children’s books. As part of this honor, the student will receive an associate membership in ALA. 

“The experience of a national professional convention is invaluable, and I am pleased to be able to fund this student’s participation,” Christenbury said.

The ALA awards the United States’ most respected prizes in children’s literature including Newbery, Caldecott and the Coretta Scott King Awards. Medalists and honorees, authors and illustrators of the year’s honored books for children and young adults appear at talks, signings and at other gala events during the conference–which will provide the VCU student a rich experience in exploring a panorama of literature for young people.   

To make a gift to the fund, search for Leila Christenbury Fund on this secure page.

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