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.

Certain areas of this NCBLA website are designed to address the special needs of specific audiences to save you time. However, please feel free to peruse every article on the site.

In addition to this website, the NCBLA hosts another educational website, which serves as the online companion to our award-winning anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. includes additional primary and secondary source materials and articles, activities, and discussion questions related to book and website topics.

We want this NCBLA website to serve you and your needs. The best way we can do that is to listen to you. Send us email at with your questions, concerns, and book recommendations. Send us ideas and solutions that work and get young people reading. Let us know about the local and national literacy, literature, and library issues that affect you and the young people in your personal and professional life. Your involvement is vital to the success of this website.


The NCBLA is most grateful for the generous grant awarded to us by the Paterson Family Foundation to fund the redesign and development of this website. Thank you!