2020 World Literacy Award presented to Little Free Library

“We believe that access to books should not be limited to where you live, rather, we believe that book access, the opportunity to read and to grow to one’s full potential is a right, not a privilege.” 

– Greig Metzger, Little Free Library Executive Director


“We face a global literacy crisis with 91% of children in the world not attending school right now.” 

 – Andrew Kay, World Literacy Foundation CEO



Little Free Library, a nonprofit based in Hudson, Wisconsin, United States is awarded for contribution to global literacy.


Little Free Library inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. It is reported that two out of three children living in poverty have no books to call their own, and children growing up in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books. Little Free Library aims to fill these book deserts by placing libraries where they can make a big impact through the Impact Library Program. Proudly recording over 100,000 book-sharing boxes in over 100 countries around the world, Little Free Library helps to exchange millions of books annually. 


770 million people cannot read a single word, while another 2 billion people struggle to read a full sentence. Illiteracy is a global crisis, and the World Literacy Foundation aims to educate people on the benefit of acquiring even basic literacy skills. The cycle begins with a child struggling to read, professing into an adult who struggles with literacy and as a result becomes a victim of issues relating to unemployment, welfare, crime, and wellbeing. 


Andrew Kay, CEO of the World Literacy Foundation, explains that this award aims to celebrate the work and impact of Little Free Library around the globe. Mr. Kay said, “In the current crisis, literacy has never been more important with the disadvantaged children lacking access to books and educational resources. Today, 91% of children are not currently attending school.”


This award was presented to Little Free Library on April 18 by the World Literacy Foundation along with other awards presented to individuals and initiatives around the world for their contributions to global education.


About Little Free Library

Little Free Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community and improves book access by fostering neighbourhood book-exchange boxes around the world. To learn more, visit LittleFreeLibrary.org.


Further information RE:  “91% of learners out of school”


Media Contact: Sarah Morstad
World Literacy Summit