Awards & Recognition


Impact & Program Quality

Library of Congress Literacy Award, Special Response Award (2020)

One of three recipients awarded as a model for other organizations for its responsiveness and outstanding work addressing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and recent social unrest.  

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, 2nd Place, Short Film Contest (2017)

Awarded to Room to Read India

The Laadli Media & Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity (2017)

Awarded to Room to Read India

World's Children's Prize, Honorary Award Laureate (2014)

Awarded to John Wood on behalf of Room to Read; this award is often called the Children’s Nobel Prize.

Library of Congress Literacy Award, Rubenstein Prize (2014)

Awarded for excellence in operations and systems, outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels, and exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in commitment to the advancement of literacy.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Confucius Prize for Literacy (2011)

Chosen for our efforts to improve literacy utilizing the talents of local writers and illustrators.

American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation (2008)

Room to Read was awarded the Presidential Citation during the American Library Association 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California for its international innovation. The award was presented by Loriene Roy, ALA-Past President, 2007-2008.

Academy for Educational Development (AED) Breakthrough Ideas in Education (2007)

Recognized as a pioneer of high quality children's literature accessible to youth in Asia and Africa.