Each year the National Book Foundation’sInnovations in Reading Prize awards $10,000 to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project that creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading in the community served. The foundation also recognizes four projects with the designation of honorable mention. Applicants for the award should share the National Book Foundation’s mission to expand the audience for literature in America; focus on reading and not exclusively literacy skills; demonstrate innovation in mission, approach, and/or audience/community served; and apply for an existing program/project/initiative with evidence of success. As Innovations in Reading is a prize and not a grant, the goal is to reward work already under way, encouraging continuation and/or expansion.
Deadlines: February 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) for applications; 2019 winner and honorable mentions to be announced the first week of May
At the beginning of February 2019, the podcast “Binge Mode” concluded its eight-month run of 70 episodes discussing every chapter of the seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Students can jump on their brooms and explore all the episodes of the Harry Potter podcast on the Binge Mode website or in iTunes.
Alive Studios’ Rugs alive are colorful classroom rugs that come to life with the freeRugs alive app for iOS and Android devices. Students can learn about the world’s animal habitats, explore 26 animals in 3D, take fun photos with their favorite animal, brush up on uppercase and lowercase letters, and more.
The Global OnenessProject has created an Empathy Collection of 15 stories and lessonplans to foster empathy in the classroom. Through the multimedia stories, students meet individuals from different backgrounds and visit communities in different geographic locations facing challenging global issues.