The Utah Council of the International Reading Association (UCIRA), an affiliate council of the International Reading Association, is a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of literacy in Utah schools, homes and communities. There are 8 local councils of the UCIRA throughout the state of Utah.

Through cooperative efforts by its members, and in conjunction with local school faculty and staff, we provide a variety of services designed to help us reach our goal of influencing all Utah citizens to develop lifelong reading habits and thus bring reading excellence to all residents of the state.

UCIRA Mission

The mission of the UCIRA is to promote, strengthen, and extend language and literacy learning throughout the state.

UCIRA Publications

UCIRA publishes a peer-reviewed electronic journal called the Utah Journal of Literacy. In addition, we send out an electronic newsletter semi-annually. These publications keep UCIRA members up-to-date on current issues related to reading and literacy in Utah.


  • To promote educators' professionalism in literacy through increasing literacy knowledge.
  • To promote literacy projects through individual, local and state council participation.
  • To strengthen relationships among the UCIRA Board, the IRA, and local councils.
  • To become a professional advocacy voice for literacy throughout the state.