Arkansas Reading Association

An affiliate of International Literacy Association

Welcome to ARA

Our Mission...

The Arkansas Reading Association , an affiliate of the International Literacy Association, is a professional organization of individuals, institutions, and councils dedicated to promoting reading and developing literacy.

Save the Date:


November 17-18, 2016
Arkansas Reading Association
Literacy Conference

Click here for the ARA Conference Proposal Form 2016

Featured Speakers

Click here for 2016 Featured Speakers

Anya Wallach is the real-life creator of The Random Farms Kids’ Theater, a not-for-profit organization she started in her parents’ basement when she was a teenager. Today, the Random Farms kids can be regularly seen on Broadway and in film and television.  Anya also created the theater’s extensive outreach program, with a focus on bullying prevention. 

Blogging Festival

This week's author Jill Grady (English teacher for Virtual Academy and soon-to-be mom) discusses...and to encourage boys to read.  


Please join the discussion here!


Last week's post on your currents reads may be found here.

A Message from Our




Welcome to the Arkansas Reading Association website.  While you are visiting this site, please tour all our pages, check out the information about our upcoming events, the award and grant opportunities, and various literacy initiatives.
I hope that if you are a member, you find information that will assist you in building your professional tool box for both yourself and your local council.  If you are not a member, I hope you will join a local council and ARA today.  Joining online is easy!
Melisa Rutherford, ARA President



Do you know that as an ARA member you are able to update your profile information online?  Simply log in and make changes!

ARA Blog

Introducing ARA's blogger  -   Alyson Low.   She wants to know if you have any humorous back-to-school tips of your own to share with your fellow literacy educators.

Literacy Leader

Do you know someone who exhibits leadership qualities and promotes literacy?

The Arkansas Reading Association can help you recognize individuals that shine as Literacy Leaders.

Help ARA let these individuals know that we appreciate and recognize their efforts to promote literacy by presenting them the ARA Literacy Leader pin.
Each recipient will receive an email explaining that YOU have recognized his/her efforts.

They will be able to pick up their Literacy Leader pin and certificate at the 2015 ARA Literacy Conference,  In addition their name will be displayed with the many other literacy leaders at our conference.

The best part about this recognition is it only costs $5 and the proceeds will go ARA literacy projects, grants and scholarships.  

Recognize your  Literacy Leaders today.

Address: 3450 Clearwell Rd., Conway, AR, 72034

Phone: (501) 327-2377


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