The AAP has a long history of community outreach efforts to help the publishing industry thrive in its many and evolving forms. In addition to our award programs, AAP sponsors a number of charitable activities throughout the year.
Each year, Adopt-a-School week in New York City brings together published authors and young readers to encourage literacy and a love of reading. In collaboration with the New York City Department of Education, the Children’s Book Council, and librarians from participating schools, AAP arranges for authors to read, answer questions, and lead discussions in classroom, library, and auditorium settings.
For information about the next Adopt-a-School, please contact Olusina Adebayo.
Donations of Books and Learning Resources
Generally speaking, publishers are asked to donate books and other titles at most of our events, such as outreach activities that bring writers to community libraries, biannual “Book Buzz” events for independent publishers, and through the AAP booth at book festivals and fairs, such as Book Expo America. Other giveaways occur through our:
Book Donation Initiative
To encourage book donations, we maintain a list of 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations that wish to receive donated books from American publishers.
If you would like to be added to our list of 501(c) 3 organizations, please contact Ally Garner.
AAP’s Prose and REVERE awards program staffs work with publishers to donate hundreds of copies of books written by award candidates.
Upwards of 400 scholarly and professional books are given to Medgar Evers College and the American University in Cairo, Egypt, following announcement of the annual Prose Award winners. The REVERE Awards program, which honors excellence in products that support PreK-12 teaching and learning, gives away hundreds of books and learning tools to Philadelphia schools each year.
Twice a year, we ask publishers to donate cash awards to participating teams in AAP’s Library Family Feud, an event that pits librarians against authors in a College Bowl-styled competition. The winning team receives $1,000 and the losing team $250 for the charity of their choice. Past charities have included Page Ahead, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Reading is Fundamental, Open Books, and other nonprofits.
For more information about the biannual event, please contact Olusina Adebayo.
Get Caught Reading
Since 1999, AAP’s national Get Caught Reading campaign has been reminding people of all ages how much fun it is to read. The campaign includes free posters, newsletters, and videos, and is supported nationwide by thousands of celebrities, booksellers, teachers, and librarians. For more information, please visit the Get Caught Reading website.
AAP’s Young to Publishing Group’s community service initiative, YPG Cares, offers entry-level publishing employees opportunities to build a community beyond the workplace, while supporting literacy-related initiatives.
Since 2010, hundreds of YPG Cares volunteers from dozens of New York publishing houses and literary agencies have donated thousands of hours of their time to literacy organizations and programs all over city.