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
DonorsChoose has launched #ISeeMe, a campaign aimed at boosting the amount of culturally responsive materials in US classrooms. These include books written by authors of color or other resources featuring figures from diverse backgrounds.
The digital collection of the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature currently holds more than 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover, allowing readers to get a sense of what adults in the UK and the US wanted children to know and believe in the 1800s.