Worldreader wins the US Library of Congress 2023 Literacy Award ➤

Let’s Get Children Reading

A Worldreader community grant opportunity to get children reading.

You can get children
and their families reading

Worldreader and Amazon have an ambitious goal of getting 75,000 children ages 3-12 reading through this grant to improve reading comprehension and social-emotional learning. To reach this goal, we seek creative, collaborative partner organizations with these qualities:

  • Direct access to children and families through positive and empowering services or programming
  • Capacity to actively promote the importance of reading and the use of BookSmart as a tool to caregivers/families for consistent family reading
  • Commitment to building the reading confidence of caregivers and families to support their child’s literacy development
  • Interest in using data to adapt outreach and engagement methods to help families develop reading habits
  • Willingness to approach the partnership with a spirit of collaboration by working together to problem solve and providing regular feedback on the program

We welcome applications from across the United States, but are placing a high priority on organizations in the following states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, Washington DC, Washington State, and West Virginia.

Two children smile and read on BookSmart
Mother and child reading on BookSmart

Applications open January 1st

Worldreader will award up to 30 one-year seed grants valued between $3,000 and $5,000. Funding may be used for items such as communication tools, incentives, or program support. We encourage your creative approach.

The application opens on January 1st. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis but are due no later than February 21, 2024. Worldreader will notify selected organizations on or before March 7, 2024.

Organizations Awarded in 2023

One-year seed grants valued between $3,500 and $7,500 were awarded to the following 27 organizations. The Let’s Get Children Reading Grant, with the goal of engaging children and their families in reading, is made possible by generous funding from Amazon.

Current grant recipients that received funding earlier in 2023, may apply for additional funding in February 2024 and should not apply for this cycle of funding.

To learn more about Worldreader and how your organization can use BookSmart to support family reading, or for questions related to the Let’s Get Children Reading Grant Program contact

This program is made possible through the generous support of

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