Where lifelong readers begin
BookUp, the National Book Foundation’s flagship educational program, believes reading for pleasure has a direct and substantial impact on young people’s success in school and careers. 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. Young people also interact directly with the local literary community through author visits and field trips to libraries, museums, and bookstores.
Since its start in 2007, BookUp has given away over 35,000 free books, and each year helps 500 students build their first home libraries. In addition to books that groups select and read together in a book club–style format, students are given a budget to purchase books of their choosing during shopping trips to local bookstores. The program currently serves students at over a dozen different sites in New York City, Detroit, Los Angeles, Greensboro, NC, and Huntsville, TX.
For the 2020-21 school year, BookUp is going virtual! The program will expand to include monthly Virtual Author Visits featuring student-generated Q+As with prominent authors of young people’s literature. Each month BookUp students at participating sites will read a book from a featured author, access high-engagement online activities, and participate in live book club discussions with a National Book Foundation Teaching Artist.
National Book Foundation is pleased to make our BookUp Virtual Author Visits open to the public, at no cost. Middle and high school students are welcome to register and join us!
In partnership with InsideOut Literary Arts Project
In partnership with the Greensboro Public Library Foundation
In partnership with Literary Affairs Medici Foundation
For the 2020-21 school year, BookUp is going virtual! BookUp@Home will include monthly Virtual Author Visits featuring student-generated Q+As with prominent authors of young people’s literature. National Foundation is pleased to make our BookUp Virtual Author Visits open to the public at no cost. Middle and high school students are welcome to join us!
Registration is required. Please register here.