Dr. Weiss was the first New Jersey resident to receive the International Reading Association’s Arbuthnot Award and was also awarded the International Reading Association’s prestigious Special Service Award. The College Reading Association, New Jersey Reading Association, and Assembly of Children’s Literature (NCTE) each awarded Dr. Weiss a Distinguished Service Award for their respective organizations. In 2008, the editorial board of the New Jersey Reading Association’s New Jersey Journal of Literacy bestowed the honor of Distinguished Educator in the state of New Jersey to Dr. Weiss.
The New Jersey Reading Association also presents an annual “M. Jerry Weiss Book Award,” affectionately known as “The Jerry.” The award, established in his honor in 1993, is given to a children’s, juvenile, or young adult author selected by students throughout the state of New Jersey.
The honors bestowed on Dr. Weiss only begin to recognize the accomplishments of this amazing scholar, teacher, and friend of young (and old) readers.
Dr. Weiss resides in Montclair, New Jersey.