The National Book Foundation, Presenter of the National Book Awards, Seeks Nominations for Its Sixth Annual Innovations in Reading Prize

The National Book Foundation, Presenter of the National Book Awards, Seeks Nominations for Its Sixth Annual Innovations in Reading Prize

The National Book Foundation (NBF) is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Innovations in Reading Prize, which recognizes exceptional initiatives and programs designed to create and sustain a lifelong love of reading. NBF is seeking innovative individuals, organizations, businesses, and government agencies that have launched groundbreaking projects formulated to generate excitement and passion for literature and books. NBF is particularly interested in applications from those who have developed interdisciplinary approaches that incorporate innovative thinking in design, technology, social activism, or other fields. Potential candidates can nominate themselves or be recommended for consideration. Winners receive $2,500 each and are featured prominently on the Foundation's website. Information about Innovations in Reading Prize Winners is also broadcast to the Foundation's more than 265,000 followers on Twitter, as well as to its Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram communities.

Applications for the Innovations in Reading Prize (http://www.nationalbook.org) are available for completion online. The postmark deadline for all applications is February 19, 2014. If you have any questions, please send an email to Amy Gall at agall(at)nationalbook(dot)org. Winners will be announced to the public on May 7, 2014.

Past winners range from the hyperlocal to the global in scope and ambition and have demonstrated success in encouraging diverse audiences to read more widely and deeply. Our 2013 Innovations in Reading Prize Winners include City National Bank for Reading is the Way Up, which has placed more than 170,000 books into the hands of students; Little Free Library, which produces and installs hand-crafted drop-off boxes communities can use to share and distribute free books; The Uni Project, portable reading rooms for city dwellers designed to promote a culture of reading at street level; The Uprise Books Project, which encourages teens to read banned or challenged books; and Worldreader, a tech initiative whose mission is to make digital books available to children in developing nations. Past Innovations in Reading Prize Winners have received widespread media attention, including stories on NPR and in Publishers Weekly, Huffington Post, and other national media outlets.

To view all winners of the Innovations in Reading Prize, visit http://www.nationalbook.org/innovations_in_reading.html.

The Innovations in Reading Prize is supported by a generous grant from Levenger.




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