Library of Congress Literacy Awards
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2017 Winners & Honorees

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David M. Rubenstein Prize

The Children's Literacy Initiative works with pre-K through third-grade teachers to improve early literacy instruction so children become powerful readers, writers and thinkers. CLI creates a sustainable, schoolwide culture of literacy that introduces students to the joys of reading, writing and lifelong learning. The organization coaches teachers one-on-one and in small groups in the classroom, providing demonstrations and feedback that help teachers incorporate effective literacy practices into their daily work with students. It also stocks classrooms with learning materials and collections of high-quality children’s literature and extends its services with online professional development resources.

American Prize

The National Center for Families Learning works to eliminate poverty through educational solutions for families. Throughout its 28-year history, NCFL has changed the lives of millions of families across the country by providing literacy strategies, programming and resources. Engaging multiple generations together has been a fundamental and distinguishing aspect of NCFL’s work, because it knows this creates a stronger impact and greater success for families.

International Prize

Pratham Books addresses inequities in reading resources in India and across many parts of the developing world by providing quality reading books for low-income children in mother-tongue languages. In 13 years Pratham Books has published more than 330 titles in 18 Indian languages and distributed over 14 million books and 16 million story cards. In 2015, Pratham Books launched StoryWeaver, an online, digital repository of multilingual children’s stories.


Culturally Relevant Books and Literacy

  • Story Shares
  • CODE
  • Sealaska Heritage Institute
  • Yayasan Sulinama
  • Centre for Knowledge Assistance and Community Development

Adult Literacy

  • Reading Works Inc.
  • Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
  • Tales and Travel Memories

Family Literacy

  • The Asia Foundation
  • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
  • State Library of Western Australia

Reading Instruction and Tutoring

  • ServeMinnesota
  • Reading Partners
  • CommonLit
  • Center for Teaching and Learning