Founded in 1997 by a motley crew of young people’s authors and illustrators, the NCBLA is a small, action-oriented education and advocacy organization with 501(C)(3) not-for-profit status.

  • We create and develop special literacy projects and events that educate adults about young people’s literacy needs and solutions for those needs.
  • We create and develop special literature, arts, and humanities projects and events that combat aliteracy, encouraging young people to become lifelong readers, proficient writers, and deft communicators.
  • We create and develop special literature, arts, and humanities projects and events that enhance young people’s critical and creative thinking skills.
  • We advocate for the rights of every young person to have ready access to reading materials in school and public neighborhood libraries.
  • We advocate for young people’s right to read.

The NCBLA website is the core component of our mission to educate, inform, and advocate for young people, literacy, literature, and libraries. Throughout the site we provide tools—ideas, information, and resources—to help you get and keep kids and teens reading and writing. To learn more about this website, click here.


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