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The Coalition for Literacy Equity

The Coalition for Literacy Equity (CLE) works to ensure that all children have access to books and reading culture. Through programming, advocacy, research, and collaboration, we promote lifelong literacy for enjoyment, engagement, and empowerment.


Books are the batteries that power imagination, so to rob children of the access to books is to, quite literally, short-circuit the mainframe of the future.

— Jason Reynolds


Author, Recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and multiple Coretta Scott King honors, 2020-2022 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Why We Exist

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“There has never been an effort to weave programs together into a collective, strategic goal: to ensure that children, particularly from economically distressed homes, own a personal book library”
(Neuman et al., 2021. p. 27)
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There have been peaks and valleys, and right now, what we're seeing in the field is like the bottom of the ocean. There has never been a more urgent time to work on the foundation of creating behavior changes in reading proficiency and joy of reading at the household level. We have great hopes for this coalition and are proud to be a part of this strengthening network.

Emily Cicchini, BookSpring

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