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A Baker's Dozen

Every year since 2004, we've named thirteen of the best picture books to support family literacy and to create a love of books and reading with preschool children.

Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award is annually presented to an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new book of children’s poetry published in the previous year.

Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature was a nationwide writing contest that invited 4-12th-graders to write letters to authors (living or dead) explaining how the author’s work affected them. The program concluded in 2018-2019 in its 27th year.

Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize

The Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize is presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident.

Public Poetry Project

Four poets with connections to PA are selected annually for the Public Poetry Project to have their poems featured on posters that are distributed for free to be displayed in public places so that it might become part of the daily lives of a greater number of people.

Poems from Life with Juniper Village

Poems from Life annually pairs local poets with residents of the local Juniper Village Senior Living at Brookline to share and celebrate the lives of Juniper residents with the creation and public reading of original, individualized poems.

Words of Art

Word of Art is an audio collection of ekphrastic poetry by Nicole Miyashiro that invites visitors to spend extra time in art spaces, both introspectively and conversationally, and an educational tool for group or self-led workshops.

Wordstruck: Micro Essays on Literature that Redefined You

Wordstruck invites 10-12th graders to describe how a written work has influenced them personally in 350 words or less for a monetary prize.