The National Book Foundation Announces the Winners of its Annual Innovations in Reading Prize
New York, NY, May 8, 2013 - The National Book Foundation has awarded its fifth annual Innovations in Reading Prizes to five organizations that are demonstrating passion, creativity, dedication, and leadership in the service of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. The winners are: City National Bank for Reading Is the Way Up®, a program based on the belief that reading is vital to attaining career success which sponsors literary activities and programs for young people in the communities that they serve; Little Free Library, a movement that inspires people to erect structures to house free books for exchange in their communities; the Uni Project, a portable reading room that transforms any public space into an environment for books and learning; the Uprise Books Project, which encourages underprivileged teens to read by providing them with "forbidden" books and a safe place to read and discuss them; and Worldreader, a nonprofit that provides people in the developing world with access to digital books via e-readers and mobile phones.
The winners hail from Los Angeles, California; Hudson, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Vancouver, Washington; and Seattle, Washington. Each winner will receive $2,500, a framed certificate, and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to attend a special luncheon at the Ford Foundation, where they will present their work to funders, other people in the field, and reporters. While in New York, all winners will attend National Book Award-related activities, such as 5 Under 35, the Finalists Reading, and the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on November 20, 2013.