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 102nd anniversary with over 2,000 participating schools, libraries and bookstores in all 50 states.
The 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.