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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7pm ET

A Virtual Event

Thank you to all who joined us!

COVID-19 has changed everything about how our nation’s youngest children are

reading and learning this year. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to ensuring

that preschool-aged children aren’t left behind and that they have a positive and

healthy foundation for literacy.

Books for Kids held their inaugural Heroes of Education Event on April 13, 2021.

This virtual event honored and recognized educators who have continued to

educate and inspire despite the challenges of the COVID pandemic, as well as those who have improved the landscape of early childhood through their work.

  2021 Awards  

  2021 Sponsors  

Want to sponsor a Books for Kids event? Learn about our sponsorship opportunities HERE 
or reach out to
 Robin Adelson:, 212.760.2665

Wordsmith Sponsors

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Librarian Sponsors

Rebecca &

Marc Strongin

Bibliophile Sponsors

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Bookworm Sponsors

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Amanda & Bret Hirsh

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Ron & Steve Sussman

Kevin & Sarah Stein

Reader Sponsors

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Recipients of our annual awards

John Graham Tucker Leadership Award

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Penguin Young Readers

A Division of Penguin Random House

Book of the Year Award

Mike Curato & the
Little Elliot Series

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 You nominated YOUR education heroes

We're thrilled to honor the following educators for their incredible service to their communities and students during COVID

Educator Award Winners

Thank you to all who submitted.

Farzana Akhter

Heather Ayala

Dr. Lisette Caesar

Dr. Janice Gray-Pierre

Sosha Lund

Rafelina Peña

Susan Savino

Janay C. Smith

Robin Smith-Luftig

Ghislaine Viard

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Books for Kids is a 501c3 nonprofit established in 1986. Our mission is to promote literacy among preschool-aged children in under-resourced communities. We create libraries and implement literacy programs in order to help children develop the critical early-literacy and social-emotional skills they need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.

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