Founded by young people’s authors and illustrators, the NCBLA builds on its creative roots by designing innovative, multidisciplinary projects and events that address aliteracy, encouraging young people to read and write. Each NCBLA project and event provides information and educational outreach to parents, families, teachers, librarians, and community leaders—anyone and everyone who lives with and works for our nation’s young people.

NCBLA events and projects share these common purposes:

  • They educate adults to young people’s literacy, literature, and library needs by suggesting practical solutions.
  • They supply essential information to adults to help them expand young people’s knowledge and experiences.
  • They suggest strategies and activities that enhance young people’s creative and critical thinking skills.
  • They suggest strategies that combat aliteracy, turning reluctant readers into lifelong readers.
  • They advocate literacy “collective responsibility” activism.

Whether our projects and events are designed for an adult audience or for young people, the question we continually ask ourselves before we commit to any undertaking is: will this help our kids? Will it expand their imaginations, extend their reading and writing skills, enhance their arts, humanities, or science knowledge base?

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CELEBRATING HEROINES IN FACT AND FICTION

GET KIDS EXCITED ABOUT OUR WHITE HOUSE, ITS PRESIDENTS, AND THE ELECTION

GREAT READS CAMPAIGN

THE NCBLA WEBSITE

IN SEARCH OF WONDER: COMMON CORE & MORE

OUR WHITE HOUSE: LOOKING IN, LOOKING OUT

THE EXQUISITE CORPSE ADVENTURE

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