Innovations in Reading Prize, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 INNOVATIONS IN READING PRIZE HONOREES

Innovations in Reading Prize
Each year the National Book Foundation, with support from the Levenger Foundation, awards the Innovations in Reading Prize to an individual or organization who discovers new ways to empower communities through literature.
The 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize has been awarded to Barbershop Books (Harlem, NY), a community-based reading program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops. Over the past 2 years, the program has transformed 49 barbershops into community spaces that support positive early reading experiences for boys in 18 cities across 11 states. Barbershop Books will receive a $10,000 prize and will be recognized at the second annual Why Reading Matters conference on June 15.
Four organizations received honorable mention for the 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize are Books@Work (Shaker Heights, OH), the Great Reading Games (Princeton, NJ), Poetry in Motion (New York, NY), and Reach Out and Read (Boston, MA).
For more details about this year’s winner, the honorable mentions, or the Innovations in Reading prize, please contact Benjamin Samuel: bsamuel@nationalbook.org

 

WINNER:

BARBERSHOP BOOKS
Help black boys ages 4-8 to identify as readers by connecting books and reading to a male-centered space and by involving men in boys early reading experiences. barbershopbooks.org


Four organizations received honorable mention:

BOOKS@WORK
Books@Work builds human capacity to imagine, innovate and connect, strengthening a culture of trust, respect and inclusion, at work and in the community. In professor-led literature discussions, Books@Work participants challenge assumptions, share their stories, experience mutual recognition and practice critical dialogue, without judgment. booksatwork.org
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GREAT READING GAMES
(Learning Ally)

Learning Ally's mission is to promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of effective and accessible educational solutions. Our vision is for all people to have equal opportunities to learn. Quite simply, Learning Ally provides students with print-related disabilities access to required coursework through audio textbooks, technology solutions, and holistic support services that empower them to achieve their personal best. learningally.org

 


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POETRY IN MOTION
(Poetry Society of America)
The Poetry Society of America, the nation's oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, to support poets through an array of programs and awards, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life. poetrysociety.org/psa

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REACH OUT AND READ
Reach Out and Read's mission is to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. reachoutandread.org