readergirlz, Winner of the 2009 Innovations in Reading Prize

readergirlz is the foremost online book community for teen girls, led by five critically acclaimed YA authors—Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Rhia), Holly Cupala (A Light That Never Goes Out), Lorie Ann Grover (Hold Me Tight), Justina Chen Headley (North of Beautiful), and Melissa Walker (the Violet series). readergirlz is the recipient of a 2007 James Patterson PageTurner Award and the Association for Library Services to Children Great Web Sites Award.

To promote teen literacy and leadership in girls, readergirlz features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month. Each year they conduct a minimum of two additional special literacy projects, one in October in honor of YALSA’s Teen Read Week, and the second in April to raise awareness of Support Teen Literature Day. The latter project is Operation Teen Book Drop (TBD) in partnership with YALSA, and in the first two years, the effort has orchestrated the delivery of nearly 20,000 publisher-donated books to hospitalized teens across the country.

“With this amazing and generous Innovations in Reading Prize, readergirlz can continue to find new ways to connect teens with the best authors in young adult literature, make reading hip and appealing using the latest technology, and inspire a sense of service through our special literacy projects like Operation Teen Book Drop. Our grateful thanks to the National Book Foundation for making all this possible.”
— Dia Calhoun, author and co-founder of readergirlz

“readergirlz is honored and grateful to receive this recognition from the National Book Foundation. As a volunteer organization, this grant will assist our site maintenance and fund further special literacy projects as we challenge teen girls to read, reflect, and reach out.”
— Lorie Ann Grover, author and co-founder of readergirlz