The National Book Foundation is committed to making access to books a priority in all our programming, particularly for our young people. From free book giveaways for children living in public housing authorities nationwide, to after-school and summer reading programs for middle- and high-schoolers, our education programs focus on the love of books and the development of lifelong reading habits.

BookUp

During after-school and summer programs, BookUp connects middle- and high-school students with local authors and runs free reading groups designed to improve participants’ social, emotional, and literacy skills.

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Book Rich Environments

Book Rich Environments is a tri-sector collaboration between nonprofit organizations, national government agencies, and corporate publishers that aims to infuse public housing communities across the country with a vibrant and accessible culture of books. The initiative connects families living in public housing communities with reading-related resources, working to improve opportunities and outcomes for public housing residents.

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Raising Readers

National Book Foundation partners with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) to run the Raising Readers initiative. This innovative program aims to empower adults who work with and raise children to expand their own love of books and reading, in order to better model the habit of reading for pleasure with the young people in their lives.

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Teen Press Conference

The Teen Press Conference brings the excitement and prestige of the National Book Awards to an audience of young people. Held annually during National Book Awards week, middle and high school students attend free-of-charge, receive free copies of the nominated titles, and have the unique opportunity to connect and interact with high-profile authors in what is often their first exposure to a literary arts event.

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Innovations in Reading

Each year the National Book Foundation, with support from the Levenger Foundation, awards the Innovations in Reading Prize, a $10,000 prize awarded 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.

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