NBF Authors Reveal Their Summer TBR Stacks

Summer is here, and so is summer reading. The National Book Foundation asked over a dozen authors recognized by the National Book Awards and 5 Under 35 to share a book—new, classic, or somewhere in between—that they're planning to read (or re-read) this summer. From new YA to fiction favorites, riveting nonfiction and moving poems, here are fifteen suggestions from their TBR pile to yours.


Book Rich Environments initiative distributes over a quarter million books in 36 public housing communities across the United States

Local distribution events are underway at sites across the country

Over 270,000 books have been shipped to Public Housing Authorities across the country as part of the Book Rich Environments initiative, and distribution to residents is underway. The initiative, a collaboration between the National Book Foundation, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Libraries Council and the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, is designed to combat “book deserts” by connecting communities with local libraries and other literacy partners, creating a vibrant culture of books, and helping young people build their own home libraries through book ownership.

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BookUp wins award from Judith's Reading Room

Barbershop Books Wins 2017 Innovations In Reading Prize

We're delighted to share the news that BookUp, the National Book Foundation's after-school reading program, won the 2017 Freedom Through Literacy Awardfrom Judith's Reading Room!

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Highlights from our 2nd Annual Why Reading Matters Conference

Highlights from the Why Reading Matters Conference

A full day of presentations focused on building a new audience for books.
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
Long Island City, NY

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