The Library of Congress Literacy Awards are intended to draw public attention to the importance of literacy, and the need to promote literacy and encourage reading.
Since 2013, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program has awarded more than $3 million in prizes to more than 150 institutions in 38 countries. By recognizing current achievements, the awards seek to enable any organization or program that does not operate on a for-profit basis to strengthen its involvement in literacy and reading promotion and to encourage collaboration with like-minded organizations.”
In 2019, Bring Me a Book was deeply honored to win a Literacy Awards Library of Congress Best Practice Honoree Award—and we are equally honored to be featured in the Literacy Awards 10th Anniversary video:
When each reader and writer’s ideas and identities are given equal airtime, a classroom can become a democracy of thought. Dan Feigelson, Cornelius Minor, and Lynsey Burkins will explore concrete strategies that center our literacy instruction on the ideas, experiences, and potential of the individual students in front of us.
Ms. Brunetta Washington explains how her third-grade students thoughtfully, with great deliberation, assemble their Reading Wish Lists. Next, they want to procure the books they’ve selected for their Wish Lists. After searching their classroom library for their chosen books, they next take their Reading Wish Lists to the Chicago Public Library and, working with the public librarian, find their books there. A confident relationship with classrooms, schools, and public libraries helps children develop and support a sustainable reading habit.