2007 Winners

$25,000 Individual Winner:

Freeman, John

It's no secret that book coverage in the media dwindles from year to year. John Freeman, president of the National Book Critics Circle, took on this giant issue almost single-handedly by launching a national campaign to bring back book coverage. He solicited, edited, and posted more than a hundred essays about the importance of reading, the necessity of criticism, and the role communities can play in their own newspapers. When the book editor position at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was eliminated, Freeman flew to Atlanta and led a peaceful protest from which grew a petition to reinstate the job signed by nearly 7,000 people, including Sara Paretsky and the late Norman Mailer. Freeman moderates panels and continues to actively develop programs about this issue.

$5,000 Individual Winners:

Lane, Diane | http://www.getlit.org
Wyman, Pat

$2,500 Individual Winners:

Haggard, Geraldine
Kowalczyk, Sandra
Marshall, Trudy
Milton, Doncella

$50,000 Organizational Winner:

Literacy Partners

For 35 years, Literacy Partners has provided high-quality, free, community-based adult and family literacy programs to more than 25,000 New York City residents to ensure that all adults have access to the education needed to fully realize their potential as individuals, parents, and citizens. Classes are offered twelve months of the year at ten sites in New York City, including Harlem and the South Bronx. Each year at the Literacy Partners annual gala the program includes "An Evening of Readings," which has featured such top published authors as Tom Wolfe, Wally Lamb, Sue Monk Kidd, Michael Crichton, and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, to name a few. Literacy Partners students also take the stage to read their own work and thank the attendees for their ongoing support of the organization. Honorary chairman and media maven Liz Smith says about her involvement with Literacy Partners: "The printed word has been so central to my life that I can't imagine living without the ability to read and write. Making this possible for others who are denied these skills is a profound and thrilling experience."

For more information, please visit www.literacypartners.org.

$25,000 Organizational Winners:

First Book Marketplace

First Book Marketplace, a subsidiary of the award-winning nonprofit organization First Book, is an online store that sells high-quality children's books at deeply discounted prices to organizations serving children from low-income families. The Marketplace, developed by a team of people with private-sector heads and public-sector hearts, offers new books at an average cost of just $1.85 to Title I Schools, Head Start centers, after-school programs, and local initiatives. The Marketplace continues to negotiate bulk book purchases for underserved schools and programs.


One More Story, Inc.

One More Story is an online library of the best of children's classic and contemporary literature. Through a simple point-and-click process, children can choose a book, see the illustrations, and have the book read aloud to them. Each story is professionally narrated and accompanied by original music. As the narrator reads, words are individually highlighted in the text box at the bottom of the screen. Children can also mute the sound and read the book aloud themselves. If a word is unfamiliar, the child can click on it and hear the word spoken by the narrator. One More Story provides a reading experience that is both stimulating and interactive for kids everywhere!


$5,000 Organizational Winners:

Cox, Smith, Mathews, Inc./ Gemini Ink | http://www.geminiink.org
Small Press Distribution | http://www.spdbooks.org
Word for Word/ Z Space Studio | http://www.zspace.org

$2,500 Organizational Winners:

The After School Corporation | http://www.tascorp.org
Bensley Elementary School
Books to Prisoners | http://www.bookstoprisoners.net
Cleveland County Schools AIG
Harlem RBI, Inc. | http://www.harlemrbi.org
Jump Street/ AND Magazine | http://www.andmagazine.org
Literacy Inc. | http://www.lincnyc.org
Murder By The Book | http://www.murderbooks.com
National Braille Press | http://www.nbp.org
Operation Paperback | http://www.operationpaperback.org
Philadelphia Alumni Writers House | http://www.fandm.edu/pawritershouse.xml
Read Aloud Delaware | http://www.readalouddelaware.org
United Through Reading | http://www.unitedthroughreading.org

$20,000 Canadian Winner:

Frontier College

Since 1899, Canada's original literacy organization, Frontier College has been spreading the excitement of reading and learning across Canada. Twenty-five hundred volunteers work with over 260 community partners in inner city schools, community centers, women's shelters, churches, youth detention centers and prisons, not only teaching and mentoring, but training and connecting communities to local resources and other programs. In addition, over 15,000 people have benefitted from the organization's homework clubs, one-on-one tutoring, reading circles and summer programs.


$2,500 Canadian Winners:

Canadian Children's Book Centre | http://www.bookcentre.ca

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