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Each year, the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize awards $10,000 to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project which creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading in the community they serve. In addition, the Foundation recognizes four projects to receive the designation of honorable mention.

Both the winner and honorable mentions are invited to participate in the Foundations’ annual Why Reading Matters Conference.

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HOW TO APPLY

Applications for the 2018 Innovations in Reading Prize are now closed. Applications for the 2019 Prize will open in mid-January. You may review application guidelines here. 

If you have questions, please contact Jordan Smith at jsmith@nationalbook.org or call 212.685.0261.

 



Innovations in Reading Infographic
THE POWER OF INNOVATIONS


Since 2009, individuals and organizations recognized by the Innovations in Reading Prize have made major local, national, and international contributions to readers. Explore their work in our infographic.

 


 

GET TO KNOW OUR PAST INNOVATIONS IN READING PRIZE WINNERS.

From the hyper-local to the global, we celebrate reading advocates who've made a difference.

Since 2009, we've identified and rewarded dozens of game-changers who share NBF's mission to expand the audience for literature in America.


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PAST INNOVATIONS IN READING PRIZE WINNERS BY CATEGORY

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2015


Activism


Book Clubs


Book Donations


Homeless


Individuals/ Teachers

International


LGBTQ


Libraries


Lit. Journals


Men/ Boys


Military


People of Color


Prisons


Technology


Web/ Media-Based


Women/Girls


Youth/ Family