National Book Fund


The National Book Fund provides adult/teen literacy and basic education programs with educational materials to help teach adults and teens to read.

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 Instructors used cast-off books, outdated resources, and photocopies during lessons.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.

If you are interested in digital products from New Readers Press visit the Mobile Learning Fund page for more information. 

Special Funding for Teen Literacy Programs

Does your program support teens? Thanks to a generous gift from The Floyd Family Foundation, we are expanding our National Book Fund to aid programs that help teens gain literacy skills. Read the grant guidelines or FAQ below to learn about how a NBF grant can help your organization serve teens.

Additional Information

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NBF 2021 infographic


3.5 Million

ProLiteracy has granted over 3.5 million in educational materials to local literacy programs, freeing up funds for other program needs.


More than 498,000 adults, youth, and children improved their reading skills as a result of this initiative.


More than 73,000 tutors and literacy volunteers have received the resources they need to provide direct literacy instruction to students.