The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.

Readers to the Rescue The Exquisite CorpseAesop's FablesThe Rocket Book

Library of Congress Literacy Awards

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards recognize and support organizations and institutions in the United States and abroad that have made significant contributions to combating illiteracy. The Literacy Awards program was established in 2013 and is administered by the Library's Center for the Book. The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program is made possible through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, a major donor to Library of Congress programs, including its annual National Book Festival.

The application period for the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards is now over. Results will be announced Aug. 30 at the National Book Festival.

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Kate DiCamilloKate DiCamillo is the fourth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appointed by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in January 2014. DiCamillo will serve in the position through 2015. She succeeds Walter Dean Myers, who served in 2012-2013; Katherine Paterson, who served in 2010-2011; and Jon Scieszka, who served in 2008-2009. The award-winning DiCamillo has chosen “Stories Connect Us” as the theme for her platform.
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National Book Festival on the mall in Washington DCThe National Book Festival is the Library's annual celebration of books and reading. Authors from across the country entertain participants with insights into their work.

Other book festivals and literary events are held nationwide. There is probably one near you.
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Books Online and Suggested Reading Lists

Throughout, you will find classic books for readers of all ages that have been digitized for online reading, as well as lists of suggested titles that may be obtained at your local library.

Braille Literacy

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped makes it possible for Americans living with visual impairment to enjoy a good book, magazine and even music scores. Read More

Books That Shaped the World

After opening the conversation on the books that shaped America, we're developing a new list of great books that have affected the world throughout history. You can help us choose the books that will go on that list by taking a short survey.

Take the survey (external link)

Letters About Literature

Is there a book that has changed your life? Are you in grades 4-12? Write a letter to a favorite author on how his or her book affected you and you could win national recognition -- and an award for you and your school library.