The International Reading Association (IRA) is an international professional organization that was created in 1956 to improve reading instruction, facilitate dialogue about research on reading, and encourage the habit of reading.
The organization, whose headquarters are in Newark, Delaware, United States, has approximately 70,000 members, and more than 1,250 councils and affiliates, worldwide. Membership fees range from 24 to 39 dollars, plus fees for journal subscriptions. Discounted subscription rates are available for residents of developing economies. The current IRA President is Maureen McLaughlin from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Department Chair & Professor of Reading at East Stroudsburg University. Other Board of Directors executive members include President-Elect, Jill Lewis-Spector, the Interim Vice President, Carrice Cummins, and the Executive Director, Marcie Craig Post.
Reading Online, an e-journal, sponsored by the organization, was retired in 2005.
Reading Today, the IRA's membership magazine, was published from 1983 to 2011 as a bi-monthly membership newspaper. From the 2011 August/September issue forward, the publication was split into two parts: a bi-monthly print magazine and an interactive digital e-zine on the Reading Today website.
The IRA has been recognized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 1978; the IRA was reclassified to have Consultative Status with UNESCO in 1996 and continues to hold this status.