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Every Child a Reader

Every Child a Reader

An award-winning, nonprofit organization that celebrates the powerful impact books have on young people.

Every Child a Reader believes introducing children to the magic of reading is hero’s work. We support a diverse network of heroes — including educators, caregivers, librarians, and booksellers — by connecting book creators with communities, providing literacy tools and resources, and championing young people’s voices.

We do this through a variety of fun, free, and engaging programs:

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, now celebrating its 103rd anniversary with over 2,000 participating schools, libraries, and bookstores in all 50 states.

The KIDS’ BOOK CHOICE AWARDS (formerly Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards) is the one national book award program where the winners are selected only by kids and teens. The awards give young people a chance to voice their choice each year about the books that resonate with them.

Get Caught Reading is a year-round national classroom and library poster campaign featuring authors, athletes, artists, and public figures ‘caught’ reading a favorite book.

The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program connects young people with a prominent book creator on a mission to spread the message that reading is a fun and important part of young people’s growth and happiness. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress, since 2008 various National Ambassadors have worked to gives young people a voice and listen to their stories. The current ambassador is Jason Reynolds.

Every Child a Reader partners with other groups on programs including the Anna Dewdney Read Together Award.

Every Child a Reader understands that it is not enough for children to learn to read — it is essential that they enjoy their personal and shared reading experiences so that they will nurture those skills for the rest of their lives. Every Child a Reader’s vibrant national programs connect kids with their favorite books, characters, and creators to create meaningful experiences that will inspire a lifelong love of reading.

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