Announcing the National Book Foundation Teacher Fellowship

Applications for the 2023/24 National Book Foundation Teacher Fellowship are now closed.

Notifications will be sent in early June. If you have any questions, please reach out to Deputy Director Jordan Smith at

Calling all teachers! We are thrilled to announce the launch of a brand-new initiative: the National Book Foundation Teacher Fellowship.

The National Book Foundation Teacher Fellowship supports and celebrates 6th-12th grade teachers using innovative methods to make reading for pleasure a part of their students’ school day experience, and aims to:

  • Support classroom activities that have a direct impact on the development of students as lifelong readers
  • Celebrate and highlight creative and effective models for independent reading instruction
  • Connect more young people with great literature through National Book Award-honored titles.

As part of the Fellowship, teachers will receive a stipend as well as a book buying budget, develop or continue an initiative that promotes reading for pleasure in their classroom, incorporate National Book Award-honored titles into their curriculum, and collaborate with other Fellows through participation in a professional learning community, including an in-person convening in New York City.