The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture.
The National Book Foundation is guided by the following core beliefs:
Books are essential to a thriving cultural landscape
Books and literature provide a depth of engagement that helps to protect, stimulate, and promote discourse in American society
Books and literature are for everyone, no matter where the reader is situated geographically, economically, racially, or otherwise
Education & Access
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.
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.
National Book Foundation serves as the project lead, with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Education, the Urban Libraries Council, and the National Center for Families Learning serving as key planning partners. 37 HUD-assisted communities across the country serve as local partners, implementing the following three key initiative components:
Book Distribution – free, high quality, diverse books provided to children and families living in HUD-assisted housing.
Library Engagement– young people and families engaged in the love of reading and connected with the ongoing literacy activities offered by the local public library.
Partnership Building– strategic partnerships on the local level, established between the local public housing authority, the local library, and local literacy partners to develop and deliver ongoing community and educational programming.
NBF Presents programs bring National Book Award–honored authors and nationally recognized moderators to libraries, colleges, book festivals, and performance venues for public readings, discussions, and presentations. NBF Presents is designed to give audiences—whether in urban, suburban, or rural communities—access to some of our country’s most renowned writers and their books and to create spaces where authors and audiences can connect, be in dialogue, and share ideas.
The NBF aims to leave no reader or community overlooked, and to be a catalyst for conversations through great books.
Rita Williams-Garcia with Raising Readers participants. Photo credit: Christian Rodriguez
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. Raising Readers provides paid professional development training for DYCD provider staff who work with young people through after-school and summer programs, and pairs staff with NBF teaching artists to collaboratively run reading circle series for parents at local DYCD sites across the city, complete with book giveaways, high-profile author talks, and book shopping opportunities for participants.
DYCD sites interested in applying for Raising Readers should visit the DYCD online bulletin board for application instructions.
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