Each year, the National Book Foundation awards a number of prizes of up to $2,500 each to individuals and institutions--or partnerships between the two--that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading.How cool is that!
A selection process was created based on the following criteria: level of innovation, impact and need, with innovation always carrying the most weight. Impact and need came into play only in cases where two programs were judged to be equally innovative. “Innovation” was not limited to meaning only technologically innovative. In some cases, innovation meant identifying a need in the community and developing a program to address that need in a simple and effective way. In all cases, selections were made to reward programs that create and sustain a life long love of reading.Applications fell into these categories:
Education & Community Outreach
Tools & Technology
Schools & School Libraries
Public & University Libraries
Literary Magazines & Publishers
Book Clubs, Reading Series & Performance
And who received the 2009 Innovations in Reading Prizes?
Fathers Bridging the Miles (a program of Read to Me International)Go to the website to learn more about each of these programs.
Maricopa County Library District (Perry Branch)
Maricope County, Arizona
James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead.com
New York, NY
Santa Fe, NM