About the American Reading Forum

What is the American Reading Forum?

The American Reading Forum is a nonprofit, professional organization composed of individuals who share an interest in the improvement of literacy. While the American Reading Forum is an organization that facilitates the dissemination of ideas and research, it places highest priority on providing its members opportunities for critical discussion of ideas, issues, research and emerging research interests and paradigms.


Individual Membership $60.00 USD Includes Yearbook and voting rights.

Joint Membership (Spouses) $110.00 USD Includes one Yearbook and voting rights for two.

Graduate Student Membership $30.00 USD Includes Yearbook and voting rights. Please include proof of status as a graduate student or have application endorsed by faculty member.

How Does the American Reading Forum Serve Its Members?

The America Reading Forum declares the following to be its reason for existence and the guidelines for its activities:

To provide a true forum for literacy education where new research can be generated, research in progress can be refined, completed research can be reported, and reported research can be evaluated.

To provide for the translation of literacy research, theory, and philosophical deliberations into sound practice, but with no research, discussion, or contemplation to be discarded because its implementation is not immediately apparent.

To conduct a conference at which newly trained scholars and scholars in training can get to know and get assistance from established and distinguished scholars in the field, through a mutual exchange of ideas.

To provide a yearbook through which scholars of all levels can share viewpoints, resources, and expertise.

To ensure that in the field of literacy no idea is too bold or new to be given a hearing, and none too old to be given reconsideration.

American Reading Forum's Annual Meeting

To achieve its goals, ARF sponsors a meeting each year during early December. The program consists of the common conference session formats (e.g., paper sessions, major addresses, and symposia), as well as alternative formats to those generally employed by organizations in the field of reading. To enhance the opportunity for participants' interaction, the American Reading Forum encourages a variety of formats for its sessions. The use of a "Topical Issues Forum," a "Continuous Dialogue Session," a "Topical Poster Session with Reactor," "Mentorship Sessions," and "Moot Court Debates" are a few of the formats that ARF considers as ways to allow issues and topics to be discussed in depth by those who attend the annual meeting. Click here to find out more about this year’s meeting.

The annual meeting of the American Reading Forum is held each year in or around the Florida Keys. Florida's warm sunny climate makes it a delightful December destination for the American Reading Forum's annual meeting. Meeting hotels are carefully selected in an effort to make each year a successful and memorable meeting of the American Reading Forum. This year’s meeting will be held in December at Sundial Beach and Tennis Resort at Sanibel Island.

American Reading Forum's Online Yearbook

In addition to holding the annual meeting, the American Reading Forum publishes an online Yearbook of the American Reading Forum, containing selected papers, and reactions to issues or papers presented at each year's meeting. Click here to see the Yearbook archives.