Library of Congress Literacy Awards
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2015 Winners & Honorees

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David M. Rubenstein Prize

First Book focuses on promoting literacy by increasing children’s access to books. Because cost is the primary barrier to book ownership by children and the programs that serve them, First Book dedicates its resources to facilitating access to quality children's literature for groups and families across the U.S. and Canada. Since its inception, 130 million books have been donated to educators, programs and children.

American Prize

United Through Reading helps active-duty military personnel stay involved in their children’s literacy development by filming them reading storybooks and distributing the recordings and books to their families. The program has more than 180 recording stations on military bases and outposts, in USO centers and on half of all U.S. Navy ships and makes more than 25,000 recordings each year.

International Prize

Beanstalk is a volunteer-based literacy organization that provides one-on-one support to children ages 6 to 11. Tutors work consistently with their assigned students, meeting twice a week to read, play and talk together. In this less structured environment students can engage with and enjoy reading and learning.


Working with Government Policymakers

  • Stiftung Lesen
  • National Resource Center for Non-Formal Education
  • Kazakhstan Reading Association

Creating a Community of Literacy

  • Little Free Library
  • Family Reading Parnership
  • Literacy Alberni Society

Selecting Appropriate Language of Instruction

  • Worldreader
  • Book Aid International
  • Literacy Council of Montgomery County

Literacy in Service of Social Goals

  • Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop
  • Alif Laila Book Bus Society
  • Escuela Santo Niño Jesús, Fe Y Alegría (Escuela)

Providing Access to Readers with Physical Disabilities

  • Men with a Message
  • Picsterbooks