As we head into the winter months, one of the best ways to stay warm is to curl up with a good book — and you can help make sure more people can share in that same simple joy by supporting the National Book Foundation!
But books do so much more than warm our hearts; they allow us to see the world through another person’s eyes, experiences, and imagination. They serve as a gateway to learning about the world around us and enriching the national discourse.
In addition to hosting the biggest night in books, this year’s 70th National Book Awards, the Foundation provides programming dedicated to reaching new readers, promoting the best literature in America, and increasing access to books throughout the year.
Remember the first book that captured your heart? How about the most recent book that did the same? Our mission is to spread that love of books far and wide, particularly to young people and those underserved by book culture.
Book Rich Environments reached a major milestone—in just three years, we distributed over one million free books to children and families living in public housing nationwide, helping build first-time home libraries for tens of thousands; BookUp, an after-school and summer reading club for middle-schoolers, added new partners in the Bronx and Greensboro, NC; Raising Readers returned for a second year, and worked 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; and Teen Press Conference saw sold-out audiences in both NYC and Miami, distributing free books to young people and giving them the unique opportunity to connect and interact directly with National Book Awards authors.
Since its expansion in 2018, NBF Presents has reached over 10,000 audience members nationwide bringing National Book Award-honored authors to colleges, libraries, book festivals, and performance venues to more readers than ever before, visiting a total of 39 states across Foundation programs. These efforts include Literature for Justice, a nationwide, book-based campaign focused on the topic of mass incarceration with keystone events around the highlighted titles, and the historic Eat, Drink & Be Literary series, presented in partnership with Brooklyn Academy of Music, which celebrates the careers of luminary authors, such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Louise Erdrich, Min Jin Lee, and many more.
With your help in 2020, the National Book Foundation can reach more readers of all ages across the country and welcome everyone into a national conversation centered around great books.
There has never been a better time to protect, stimulate, and promote a public exchange of ideas than in our current day and age. Please help the National Book Foundation with a donation in any amount to keep up this year’s tremendous momentum and ensure that books have a prominent place at the center of American culture for decades to come.