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Freedom Through Literacy Award


Freedom Through Literacy Award.

The Freedom Through Literacy Award

The Freedom Through Literacy Award was established by Judith’s Reading Room in 2015 to identify and honor individual champions of literacy from all disciplines around the world — teachers, librarians, authors, researchers, educators — anyone who has done exemplary work to instill in others a love of reading.

Judith’s Reading Room, a nonprofit literacy organization founded in 2010 in the memory of Judith F. Krug continued its 10 year Anniversary celebration by naming its 2020 Freedom Through Literacy Award winners. Judith F. Krug, cousin to the organization’s founders, served as the Director of Intellectual Freedom for The American Library Association for 40 years.


Grand Prize Winner will receive $2,500 cash
Judith’s Award: $1,500 to be awarded to the champion of literacy teacher, librarian or author 
Board Option Awards: A pool of $1,000 to be awarded in different amounts to deserving champions of literacy with or without an Application based on Board of Directors nominations

If you are selected as a Judith’s Reading Room Freedom Through Literacy Award winner, we require that you agree to provide materials to use on Judith’s Reading Room’s website and social media. Such materials can include: video or photographs. Also required, a quote to use in our marketing materials. In addition you agree to provide updated information and materials on your project’s impact and progress.  Judith’s Reading Room continuously promotes award winners and their contribution to literacy.

The Application for the 2021 Freedom Through Literacy Award is available on line and the deadline for applications is July 1, 2021.

For any questions on using the online application, please contact awards@judithsreadingroom.org.

Winners will be announced on the organization’s website and through social media no later than the end of July, 2021.

Virtual Award Celebration – Sept. 26, 2020

2020 Freedom Through Literacy Award

2019 Freedom Through Literacy Award

2018 Freedom Through Literacy Award

2017 Freedom Through Literacy Award

2016 Freedom Through Literacy Award

2015 Freedom Through Literacy Award

Judith’s Reading Room’s mission is to enrich lives and societies by proactively encouraging Freedom Through Literacy. To date, the organization has fulfilled that mission by establishing 101 libraries in 22 countries with 130,446 books donated, valued at nearly $1.4 million dollars. The 100th Judith’s Reading Room library in Zimbabwe, previously scheduled to open in August 2020, has been delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Freedom Through Literacy Award was initiated in 2015 as the organization’s signature event. The organization will have disbursed $38,500 in prize money, honoring 35 individual champions of literacy in the United States, the Philippines, Bhutan, Pakistan, Rwanda, Cambodia, Mexico, Australia, Zimbabwe and Greece.