The National Book Foundation is guided by the following core beliefs:

– Books are essential to a thriving cultural landscape

– Books and literature provide a depth of engagement that helps to protect, stimulate, and promote discourse in American society

– Books and literature are for everyone, no matter where the reader is situated geographically, economically, racially, or otherwise

The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best literature published in the United States, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in our culture.

2022 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, Tracie Hall, Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA). (Photo credit: American Library Association)

“Free people read freely.”




Books Change Lives