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20th Anniversary

We're celebrating 20 years of our National Book Fund with the bold vision of putting one book in the hands of 250,000 adult learners nationwide.


In order to give 125,000 adult learners one book each, we have set a goal to raise $1 million during the 20th anniversary year of the National Book Fund—2015.

See what programs are 2014-2015 National Book Fund recipients!

Before ProLiteracy established the National Book Fund (NBF), literacy programs that couldn't afford to buy books for students and instructors simply did without them. Students shared worn-out books with other students. Instructors used cast-off books, outdated resources, and photocopies during lessons. But today, with the help of NBF, we're changing all that.

In 1995, using only donated funds, the NBF began providing local literacy programs throughout the United States with New Readers Press books and other educational materials.

$2.6 million

To date, ProLiteracy has distributed more than1,500 grant awards totaling more than $2.9 million worth of materials to organizations in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

384,000 adults and children

More than 305,000 adults, youth, and children improved their reading skills as a result of this initiative.

35,000 tutors and instructors

More than 33,000 tutors and literacy volunteers have received the resources they need to provide direct literacy instruction to students.

The NBF funds organizations providing service in the following areas: basic literacy, adult basic education, English as a second language (ESL), and family literacy. New Readers Press, the publishing division of ProLiteracy, provides the books and materials distributed through the NBF. 


Submissions for National Book Fund are closed and will reopen in the Spring 2016.

Questions? Please contact Alicia Suskin, National Book Fund Program Director, at

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